Dax Shepard revealed in an Instagram video that he suffered from the hiccups for 50 hours—and had some hiccup-induced vomiting.
The actor has since recovered from the hiccups, and noted that he didn’t think he could go through a week “without intervening with a cycle of cyanide.”
Hiccups lasting for more than 48 hours are considered persistent hiccups and often require medical attention.
Hiccups can be bothersome after just a few minutes, but in a recent Instagram post, actor Dax Shepard revealed he had suffered through 50 hours of hiccups. The 46-year-old posted two videos to his Instagram account on Friday, recapping his 50-hour journey with hiccups and assuring fans he had successfully recovered.
“What a ride!!! 50 hours of hiccups,” he wrote in the caption. “Worry not. We have been hiccup-free for five days today. For anyone who has permanent hiccups, God bless. I don’t know if I could have gone a week with those without intervening with a cycle of cyanide.”
“It’s still funny. Um, relatively funny, though,” he said between hiccups and laughing at the situation at hand. He then explained that he was experiencing hiccups at that point for about 21 hours.
“I got it at nine o’clock last night...that’s the time the hiccups started. And they ran from 9 p.m. until all the way in the morning, right? You heard it all night long,” he asked Bell. She agreed from behind the camera that she did hear the hiccups all night.
Shepard thought back to the last 21 hours and revealed through hiccups that he had relief for a few hours throughout the day. “They went away for stretches today. A couple of hours in the afternoon and I want to say there was an hour of freedom [later],” he said in the video.
In the second video posted, Shepard recorded himself in selfie-mode to share an additional update. His hiccups appeared to have gotten much worse, and he struggled to get through every word without hiccuping, claiming that they had escalated and he was experiencing “hiccup-induced puking.”
Hiccups are caused by spasms of the diaphragm, the large muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. The spasm can cause a quick breath that causes the vocal cords to close, causing the characteristic hiccup sound. One of the most common causes of hiccups is having a full stomach from swallowing too much air, drinking alcohol, or eating too much too quickly. They’re most common in men, but can happen to anyone at any age, according to the University of Michigan Health.
Though hiccups usually don’t last more than a few minutes to a few hours, anything longer than 48 hours is considered a persistent hiccup, and hiccups lasting more than a month are intractable hiccups. Both long-term hiccups can cause a slew of problems like lack of sleep and exhaustion and can sometimes be tied to a larger health concern like injury, cancer, infections, or problematic kidney functioning, according to the University of Michigan Health.
Though the majority of hiccups go away of their own within a few minutes to hours and are harmless, many fast fixes involve increasing the carbon dioxide in the body such as quickly drinking a glass of water or holding your breath. If hiccups persist for more than a few days, it’s important to contact your doctor to rule out more serious issues, according to the University of Michigan Health.
We hope he can stay hiccup-free!
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