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    esophageal cancer and chronic hiccups and nausea before chemo has even started

    My 50 year old husband has been diagnosed with stage 3 EC with possible lymph node involvement - we are awaiting results. He will start chemo and radiation soon and then surgery. He has hiccups that are severe and come and go all day without relief and he is very sore. Also when he eats (soft foods of course), he gets nauseus and he said his diaphragm and stomach go into these spasms that are painful. He tries hot water bottles, Tylenol, breathing techniques but nothing works. Has anyone experienced this? He just lies on the couch moaning. I just wish I could help him.

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    My 50 year old husband has been diagnosed with stage 3 EC with possible lymph node involvement - we are awaiting results. He will start chemo and radiation soon and then surgery. He has hiccups that are severe and come and go all day without relief and he is very sore. Also when he eats (soft foods of course), he gets nauseus and he said his diaphragm and stomach go into these spasms that are painful. He tries hot water bottles, Tylenol, breathing techniques but nothing works. Has anyone experienced this? He just lies on the couch moaning. I just wish I could help him.
    My friend has the same thing... spread to the lungs.

    He does not have chronic hiccups... but did get them. It is much better now since chemo. When they did come it was usually centered around eating followed by vomiting.
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.

    Only I will remain.

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    I kept a water bottle near me constantly, and took a serioes of small sips without preathing to alleviate the hiccups. It wasn't a permanent solution, but it got me a couple of hours at a time.

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    Bartenders in Oz swear by a shot of straight red cordial. Cordial here is a flavoured sugar syrup that you add water to. For alcohol hiccups that just won't quit. I imagine though that swallowing a shot of it would be very difficult with his cancer

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