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Khanyisile Milner,

Hiccups are more common in people with PD than they are to the general population.  Continuous hiccups are known as intractable hiccups and can occur in up to 20% of PD patients. The main treatment has been dopamine blocking medications, which would not be good for PD patients. 

Dr. Ok in, Ask the Doctor forum, suggests having an MRI and focus on the brainstem for intractable hiccups. 

I hope this helps and please keep me posted 

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I get the hiccups much more often than I used to.  My wife learned of way to instantly make them go away from a science teacher.  Eat a spoonful of sugar and you will find them gone immediately.  This works every time for me.  My neighbour had the hiccups for two weeks, his doctor prescribed all sorts of stuff to make them go away - one spoonful of sugar made his troubles go away.  Mary Poppins gets it right every time :).

Dave

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Khanyisile Milner,

Hiccups are more common in people with PD than they are to the general population.  Continuous hiccups are known as intractable hiccups and can occur in up to 20% of PD patients. The main treatment has been dopamine blocking medications, which would not be good for PD patients. 

Dr. Ok in, Ask the Doctor forum, suggests having an MRI and focus on the brainstem for intractable hiccups. 

I hope this helps and please keep me posted 

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Dave,

Mary Poppins was correct. It is not completely known as to how it works but one theory is that sugar affects the main nerve, called the Vagus nerve, which connects the brain to the stomach. It is believed that this may stop the diaphragm from spasming. In the most delightful way.

I hope this helps and please keep me posted 

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