What Are the Causes of a Diaphragmatic Muscle Spasm?

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Diaphragmatic muscle spasms, also known as hiccups, are very common. Most people have had them at least once in their life. Causes of long-term diaphragmatic muscle spasms can include mineral and electrolyte imbalances and nerve irregularities.

Diaphragmatic muscle spasms are known as hiccups.
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These can affect the nerves that control your diaphragm muscles (stress, fear and anxiety almost always affect breathing patterns) and cause them to spasm uncontrollably.

Stress can cause muscle spasms.
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Nicotine, especially in chewing gum, is known to cause diaphragmatic muscle stimulation (faster breathing), which can cause the muscles to spasm.

Nicotine may cause muscle spasms.
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Alcohol is a depressant that slows down your body's central nervous system; this can provoke the diaphragmatic muscles to spasm.

Alcohol is another culprit.
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Swallowing air puts pressure on the diaphragm and can cause it to spasm.

Swallowing air may put pressure on the diaphragm.
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Eating a lot will fill your stomach and put pressure on your diaphragm, causing hiccups.

Eating a lot will put pressure on your diaphragm.
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