GERD/Tequila/Hiccups, Any scientific knowledge of the connection?
October 16, 2012 3:51 PM Subscribe
Does anyone have knowledge of the connection between acid reflux (GERD), belching, hiccups and heavy alcohol consumption? I would like scientific/medical theories as to what is happening and why. (further explanation included) (Dr appointment made)
posted by StUdIoGeEk to health & fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I never had symptoms of GERD until last year. The symptom I have experienced (sadly about 7 times) is a persistent hiccup/belch loop for 24 to 48 after heavy drinking (Patron). I was/am basically symptom free except when I drink.
Certain details defy what I know of the ailment. First of all, I have no chest pain, shortness of breath, burning of throat nor do I ever taste acid. The loop generally starts the next day after the "party". I get hiccups usually by the following afternoon and they are persistent. The only way I can get rid of them is to drink MASSIVE amounts of freezing cold water while holding my breath and swallowing air. Don't know why this works, but it is the only thing that does. That starts the loop. I lay down, because when I feel acid drip (from being upright), I belch than the hiccups return. Laying down I am usually OK until I have to get up to urinate all that water I drank. I get up, go to the bathroom, feel the drip, belch than the hiccups are back. I drink more water and..... you get the drill. The swallowing of air also causes "the dreaded hot belch" while lying down. Antacids (PPI, Magnesium etc.) help quite a bit but are unreliable and sometimes just reduce the severity. It is driving me crazy because the only real symptom is the DARN HICCUPS. Do I REALLY have to give up my beloved Tequila parties over hiccups.
If alcohol is causing GERD/hiccups bouts, do you risk permanent GERD?
Have any of you experienced any of this?
As I said; I HAVE A DOCTORS APPOINTMENT and plan to stop drinking (if i have to ;-) So please just answer if you have scientific knowledge/theories or experience with these symptoms.