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Question: Sudden inability to swallow food/liquids; hiccups; vomiting


 rdb1986 - Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:05 am

I took a few bites of dinner and suddenly vomited. Thought I may have been eating too fast, but vomiting lasted 3 more hours, followed by periods of severe hiccups. Now, cannot swallow anything, even water. Cannot lie down, as this causes the hiccups to begin again, and I get a build up of my saliva that I cannot swallow. No pain, except when vomiting. Very thirsty.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:28 pm

User avatar Hello -

While I note you do have a remote history of upper GI and food intolerance problems which probably have something to do with this, it's going to have to be gotten under some sort of control sooner than later, because of the discomfort and inability to eat properly.

It sounds as though something either caused a marked allergic reaction/intolerance,
or something irritated the phrenic nerve (which partially controls the diaphragm and causes hiccups). The vagus nerve may be involved as well. This should be evaluated by an internist and followed, possibly, by a GI specialist or possibly even a neurologist, depending on what is or isn't found. The main thing is to get yourself seen ASAP.

It's very difficult, as you can imagine, to even guess at a specific diagnosis at a distance, especially with the sort of history you have and the sudden onset of these symptoms. I hope things will quiet down on their own very quickly, but even if they do I also hope you'll make sure to be seen urgently, if only to get the symtoms under control.

Please follow up with us here as needed, and by all means update us as well. Best of luck to you.

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