Constant hiccups and excessive belching post operatively
Help ! I had surgery 6 days ago for removal of a mass from my knee. Was given general anesthesia. Since then I have had hiccups non-stop along with excessive (and I mean excessive) belching. Can't sleep for more than an hour or so at a time. I do sleep better sitting in a recliner as the hiccups/belching seem to worsen (if that's possible) when I lie down. My surgeon says could be an injury from tube in throat by anesthesia during the surgery, anesthesia says they've never seen this problem before, go see your medical doctor. Message left for med doctor but still no response. If anyone has ever seen or heard of this, would appreciate some input. Thx
Hiccups after surgery can be due to irritation of the diaphragm secondary to atelectasis.Sometimes excessive gastritis can also cause constant hiccups.You already have stated that you are having excessive belching.So it can be due to gastritis.
Eat small nutritious meals at frequent intervals instead of a heavy single meal and take your dinner atleast 2 hrs prior to bedtime. Also raise the head end of the bed by 2 blocks. To help control the stomach acid, one should not drink alcohol or drinks with caffeine in them, or eat chocolate or spicy or greasy foods .
Take some OTC antacid like Mylanta.You can also take digene, zantac(ranitidine)or prilosec(omeprazole).These will help.Also keep your fluid electrolyte balance optimum by drinking lots of fluids.Baclofen which is a gamma butyric acid derivative is also helpful for constant hiccups.Pls get it prescribed from your doctor.
Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries.Kind regards.
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