Longest bout of hiccups? Doctors baffled by mum who has had hiccups for eight years!
A fed up mum has had hiccups every day for almost EIGHT YEARS!
Lisa Graves’ bout of hiccups began when she fell pregnant in January 2008 and she has continued to hiccup up to 100 times a day ever since.
When Lisa, 27, visited the doctors she was told hiccups were common in pregnant women so she thought little more of it.
But despite giving birth to Emily in June 2008 and going on to have a second daughter Sophie in May 2012, Lisa’s hiccups have shown no sign of stopping and she’s still hiccupping today.
The mum-of-two, from Lincoln, has tried every remedy in the book from getting people to scare her to drinking water upside down but all to no avail.
She has since visited multiple doctors who’ve carried out numerous tests but have been unable to find a cause or cure for her unusual ailment.
Fed up Lisa said it isn’t fits of hiccups she suffers from but just one very loud hiccup at least once an hour.
At worst she’s had up to 100 hiccups a day even waking her husband Matthew, 31, as the loud hiccups sometimes even plague her while she’s asleep.
Lisa, a self-employed tattoo artist, said: “I started hiccuping when I was around four months pregnant with Emily.
“I went to the doctors and I was told it was a part of pregnancy and a hiccup could be a way of getting air to your baby quickly.
“I hiccup every hour without fail, it’s really loud it almost sounds like a scream. Some people have even said I sound like a dinosaur.
“I avoid going anywhere quiet in case I hiccup, I choose not to go to quiet romantic restaurants and the cinema is a no go.
“I went to Bingo with my friends for the first time last week and let out a hiccup and they called off the game because they thought I’d shouted ‘Bingo’ it was really embarrassing.
“I get some really funny looks from people but I try to laugh it off, usually blaming it on whoever is with me.
“But my family don’t notice it anymore, for my daughters I’ve hiccupped their whole lives so they don’t even bat an eye-lid when I do it now.
“I let out two really loud ones during dinner the other day and they didn’t even look up.”
Lisa has continued to visit doctors including a specialist neurologist in a bid to find a hiccup cure, but they remain baffled.
She had chest X rays in February this year and had an MRI scan in July, both of which came back clear.
She also underwent a gastroscopy – a procedure where doctors use a fibre-optic camera to examine the inside of the gullet and stomach –but this also showed nothing unusual.
Without anyone able to shed some light on the cause of her unusual condition, Lisa fears she’ll be hiccupping for the rest of her life.
She said: “If I’m honest, after having the hiccups for so long, I put off undergoing tests as I was scared they may be caused by a brain tumour.
“Luckily the tests have come back clear, so I’m obviously relieved it wasn’t something more sinister.
“It’s frustrating, I just want to know what’s causing them there must be a reason for it.
“I’m going to keep pursuing it until I can find out what’s causing them, I’m just at a bit of a loss as to where to turn now but I can’t give up.
“When I’d had hiccups for four years, I remember hoping I wouldn’t have them for another four, little did I know I’d still be hiccupping today.”