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we have been going thru a few weeks of hiccups, off and on.. during the day and all thru the night??? since i saw someone mention them, i did a quick search here and noticed other have mentioned them, too??!! wondering, is this normal?? any suggestions on how to manage them and what causes them??

for some reason, hubby doesn't even realize hes doing it.. even tho they are noisy and i would think uncomfortable, after awhile..

any help would be appreciated!!!

thank you, cindi

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Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:14 pm
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Post Re: Hiccups
Hiccups are a form of myoclonus. Myoclonus can occur in parkinsonism.

I suggest speaking with the neurologist. He/She may consider prescribing Klonopin. Not sure if he/she would do that if they aren't troubling to your husband.


Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:47 pm
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My husband had a brainstem encephalopathy in the 1980's, the cause of which was never determined. Hiccups that went on for hours was one of his early symptoms. Later, inability to swallow and severe spikes in BP. He was in the ICU for weeks and had a feeding tube and tracheostomy for months. I often wonder if that episode--or all the MRI/CT scans he had--were somehow connected to his Lewy. We'll never know.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:28 pm
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Post Re: Hiccups
Dale was given Chlorpromazine 30 mg/ml susp for hiccups the last week.

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Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:33 pm
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Wow, Thorazine [chlorpromazine]! Didn't even know they used it any more. Used to be the primary antipsychotic. Anticholinergic, of course, but at Dale's stage I'm sure it didn't matter. I don't think I would be advisable for Lewys in general though.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:41 pm
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Post Re: Hiccups
Coy had hiccups nonstop for weeks after a fall on his head. For a while after that (a few years) hiccups always accompanied a fever. For several years after that it was an early-warning that he was coming down with something. They seem to have gone away in the last year or so.

He was definitely aware of them and they did bother him. In the beginning baclofen was fairly effective, but it was less so the last time we tried it.

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Jeanne, 68 cared for husband Coy, 86. RBD for 30+ years; LDB since 2003, Coy at home, in early stage, until death in 2012


Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:29 pm
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Post Re: Hiccups
thank you all so much..i have so much to learn. :shock: .his hiccups go on for hours and hours at a time.. day after day!! just started a few weeks ago. i will mention them to the doc, the next time we are in... i'm not sure he feels things sometimes?? or is it that he forgets before the next one comes, that he just had one...?? so even tho they dont seem to bother him..ill get prepared, in case they start to bother him....

when he isnt feeling well and tells me.. ill do what i can.. and a few minutes later will say.. hows your leg?? and he'll look at me, like im goofy.. nothing is wrong with my leg!!! hard to diagnose what is happening at times... sometimes beginning to think its me..LOL :roll:

thank you again!!

cindi

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Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:14 pm
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No, Cindi--it isn't you. We've all been through those same situations and start to doubt our own sanity after a while.

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:03 pm
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mockturtle wrote:
at Dale's stage I'm sure it didn't matter.

You are correct, Pat. The hospice people were just trying to make him comfortable. He couldn't speak and his condition was considered terminal a week before he died.

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Leone Carroll (75); wife of Dale (75) who passed away March 23, 2011


Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:19 pm
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Post Re: Hiccups
At our visit this week Dr. Boeve noticed I had marked Coy's med sheet to say Baclofen was no longer very effective for hiccups. He commented that about the only thing Thorazine is used for anymore is hiccups and he wanted to make sure we knew that Coy shouldn't take that. Yup, I knew -- but didn't realize it is used for hiccups, so that was useful information. In case Coy is ever in the hospital or other situation where a medical professional notices him hiccupping and wants to be helpful I'll know to question carefully what they have in mind!

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Jeanne, 68 cared for husband Coy, 86. RBD for 30+ years; LDB since 2003, Coy at home, in early stage, until death in 2012


Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:03 am
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Post Re: Hiccups
Jeanne,
That was given to my Dad for Hiccups about 18 yrs ago, but of course he didn't have LBD either but I do think it is good information to pass along to people dealing with this with their LO's with LBD

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