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.
Diaphragmatic muscle spasms are known as hiccups.

Stress, Fear, and Anxiety

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.
Stress can cause muscle spasms.

Smoking

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.
Nicotine may cause muscle spasms.

Alcohol

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.
Alcohol is another culprit.

Swallowing Air

Swallowing air puts pressure on the diaphragm and can cause it to spasm.

Swallowing air may put pressure on the diaphragm.
Swallowing air may put pressure on the diaphragm.

Eating too much

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

Eating a lot will put pressure on your diaphragm.
Eating a lot will put pressure on your diaphragm.

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