Ask the Nurse

Not every time, but sometimes when I eat, I start to get hiccups and then experience pain in my upper chest area. I then feel that I have a lot of mucus to spit up. I have Tourette Syndrome and I turn my head to the left a lot and have neck and face twitches. I am sometimes stressed when I am eating a meal, but not all the time.

Eating too much and stomach distention can cause hiccups. Your other symptoms might be a sign of acid reflux. Certain foods and drinks can exacerbate acid reflux, including spicy foods, greasy foods, eating late at night, coffee, soda, chocolate, peppermint and citrus. I would recommend speaking with your health care provider about these symptoms to see what treatments are available for you.

March 7, 2012 at 12:14pm