Mum-of-two hasn’t stopped hiccuping since she was pregnant 12 years ago

A mum-of-two has revealed she has not stopped hiccuping since she was pregnant 12 years ago.

Lisa Graves, 31, from Lincoln, was left baffled for the bizarre hiccups that started when she fell pregnant in 2008.

Lisa, a nail technician, has gone through extensive tests involving an MRI scan, trips to see specialist neurologists and bran tests.

She was told by doctors that it could be a rare side effect from a stroke she suffered during pregnancy.

Whilst her baby was born completely healthy, medical professionals were at first baffled by Lisa's hiccups.

The mum-of-two has grown used to her unusual condition, but her hiccups – which are so loud they've been likened to the sound of a dog being stood on and even a chicken – are a constant surprise to her work colleagues.

Whilst her engineer husband, Matthew, 35, barely bats an eyelid, and her two daughters, Sophie, seven, and Emily, 11, take the loud hiccups in their stride, Lisa can find the condition hard to manage, often feeling the need to explain and pre-warn people.

Lisa can hiccup over one hundred times a day but made the decision to learn to live with the hiccups – rather than a trial of different medications.

Lisa said, "I'm lucky – I own my salon and the majority of the girls that I work with have grown used to it.

"But I can still make them jump, and there's been plenty of mishaps when we're working on nails – with a wild stroke of the brush here and there.

"I initially tried every hiccup remedy in the book – people making me jump, sucking on a lemon, literally everything.

"But nothing worked, and when the neurologists thought they'd cracked it, I decided to not go down the medicated route.

"There was no guarantee it would work, and it was manageable.

"Sometimes I do go on work courses and meals out with the family, things like that and they can be hard.

"I feel like I have to let people know what might happen – it's a loud noise, and it can be embarrassing.


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