If you have read my previous posts you know that I suffered from an extended case of persistent hiccups as a result of having my Wisdom Teeth removed.
The ironic thing is that during my whole ordeal both my fiancée and I contacted the Oral Surgeon a total of four times to let them know what was going on. It wasn’t that we were looking to blame anyone for what was happening. We just needed suggestions on how to resolve the problem.
The general response I got from the Oral Surgeon’s office was “This is not our fault, and has nothing to do with your Wisdom Tooth Removal.” The ironic thing is if you have looked online (which you have since you are on my site.) you would realize this is just not true.
There are multiple posts and threads out on the net with people relating their story of getting the hiccups from having their Wisdom Teeth removed.
Now I understand that in the litigious world we live in people are not likely to own up to something. But I feel that as a medical professional it is your sworn duty to help someone with any medical knowledge you may have about their condition.
Placing blame is not the issue. The issue is helping a person get their life back to normal. I refuse to believe the Oral Surgeon had never received a call about this before. The fact is that they kept repeating “This is unrelated to your oral surgery. We are not responsible.” Instead they should have been offering suggestions about how to deal with the issue.
Now “Persistent Hiccups” may be unusual as a result of Oral Surgery. Many of the posts I have read online are people sharing stories about short bouts of hiccups after their surgery.
The bottom line is that people do in fact get the hiccups from a having Oral Surgery performed. So why is this?
Instances of Hiccups After Having Wisdom Teeth Removed & Oral Surgery
In a post on the Mac Rumors forum someone was discussing their concerns about getting their Wisdom Teeth removed. Someone followed up with the comment:
- … However I apparently am in the 5% of people who get hiccups from the pain medicine I was prescribed. It was fun to watch my coworkers go insane for two days as I kept hiccuping…
Were my hiccups caused by Pain Medication? They still persisted for four days after the medication was gone.
In another post on the Dental Problems message board a user writes:
- … I just had my wisdom teeth removed Friday afternoon, and ever since that night, I have had constant hiccups. I do mean constant. It happens every 5 seconds whenever I am up and walking around…literally. The only time it isn’t happening is for about 10 minutes after I wake up from a short, vicodin-induced nap. I usually hiccup myself to sleep. This is so annoying. Has it happened to anyone else? I’ve done internet searches and can’t find hiccups as a side effect from the surgery. Help!!…
This experience seems to run contrary to the assumption above that the hiccups are related to the pain medication since this person states the only time their hiccups go away is when they take their pain medication and go to sleep.
Now in all fairness I have read other experiences stating that when a person falls asleep (whether its natural sleep or drug induced sleep) that their hiccups go away until they wake up.
This bit of information makes the condition seem neurological in a way as the symptoms subside when the brain is basically “turned off”. Yet they come back as soon as a person is conscious again.
Side Notes on Hiccups Related to Oral Surgery & Wisdom Tooth Removal
Another point to note is that my hiccups started immediately upon coming out of Surgery. At this point I had not yet taken pain medication except for what was administered through the IV.
I have also spoken with several doctors who attend and assist with surgeries at the hospital when they are not working at the clinic. When I asked these doctors about the possibility of hiccups as a result of general anesthesia they all mentioned they have never seen a patient come out of a hospital surgery with the hiccups.
This might be a similar case like with the Oral Surgeon where this does happen and maybe these doctors were just not aware of it.
In any case, if you are on this site you know that Hiccups DO occur as a result of Oral Surgery. There’s no point in convincing ourselves of something we have experienced firsthand. What we need to do is find out why they occur and how to stop them once this has happened.
I will try to share more information as I find it, and any theories I come up with through online research.