's boyfriend gets hiccups a lot but she's noticed that it seems to be after taking heroin
. It could be related to smoking though, cos he is a very light smoker usually (no more than 5 a day and sometimes just 1 or 2), but when he takes heroin his cigarette intake increases exponentially and he could smoke as many as 30 or 40 cigarettes.
SWIM doesn't know what actually causes his hiccuping: she's assumed it was the heroin as odd as that sounds but perhaps it has more to do with the cigarette smoking which accompanies the heroin - SWIM had never thought of that
Btw, a friend recently told SWIM about an effective remedy for hiccups and as SWIM was hiccuping at the time he made her try out this remedy to prove it's efficacy to her: and it did work! Next time SWIY has hiccups try drinking just a small amount (a cap-full will do) of vinegar - it should instantly rid SWIY of the offending hiccups - tastes absolutely rank mind you, but it does seem to work!
Strange though, don't you think? That for all science has discovered and created, they have still not come out with an effective and proven cure for hiccups!
Btw - another aside - did anyone see the documentary on tv the other week called "The boy who couldn't stop hiccuping"? It made for jaw-dropping viewing, it really did. This twenty-something lad had permanent hiccups and had been suffering with them for 6 years. Imagine that - 6 years of hiccuping - it would drive a person insane. Well, this poor lad had undergone all kinds of treatment and testing on the NHS in England but nothing was done that helped him. Then he was given the opportunity to go to Japan and have tests done over there. I think there was some kind of arrangement that he would go on some chat
-shows whilst there - so a production company was covering the costs and he had a tv crew following him around whilst he was in Japan. Anyway, within 2 days of being in Japan the doctors there had found something which 6 years worth of testing by NHS doctors had failed to uncover: he had a brain tumour. Yep, it turns out that prolonged hiccuping is a possible symptom of having a brain tumour. Fortunately this lad didn't have a cancerous one and back in England he underwent successive brain surgery to remove it and sure enough the hiccups stopped. Still, this was a fascinating story and SWIM thought this young man was truly amazing to have endured 6 years of hicups: it sounds so silly, but SWIM's had them for 6 minutes and they've driven her crazy, just imagine what 6 years worth must be like!