Now hiccups may seem a simple enough problem, but the BBC reported in July 2007 that a man in Belfast had it for 5 years:
David Willis, who suffers from an incurable condition known as intractable hiccups, hopes a £9,000 operation will end his misery.
The operation involves implanting a vagus nerve stimulator into his upper chest cavity.He has also tried acupuncture, hypnotherapy as well as numerous other remedies such as drinking water from the wrong side of a glass to blowing into a paper bag, but all to no avail.”
extracted from BBC website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6907540.stm
No, David Willis was not one of my patients.