A man who often gets the hiccups for 24 hours straight is desperate to find a cure for his unusual condition.
Cecil Montgomery, 62, has had hiccups every day for the last six years and even does it in his sleep.
The lorry driver, of West Bromwich, West Midlands, said the issue began in 2013 and has progressively got worse to the point he hiccups on and off for around 10 hours every day.
When it first started, it would go on for three hours then stop but now it can go on for up 24 hours straight, leaving him with a sore throat.
But doctors have not been able to identify what is causing the hiccups and he has now launched an urgent appeal to anyone who can help with his ‘distressing’ condition.
‘I would walk a million miles just to get rid of these hiccups,’ he said. ‘It’s really getting me down and I’m prepared to try anything.’
Cecil gets embarrassed when strangers presume he’s drunk and said the condition has knocked his confidence in social situations.
‘At first, I thought maybe it was because I was chewing gum, but I stopped and it made no difference,’ said Cecil.
‘It can start and stop at any time of the day. There’s no specific time, nothing that seems to trigger it.
‘I struggle to get my words out when I’m hiccupping. There hasn’t been a day when I haven’t had it since it started.
‘People say I should drink some water or hold my breath, but it doesn’t help.’
Cecil’s GP has given him medication and had a camera down his throat at Birmingham City Hospital and also Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but they still can’t work out what’s wrong.
He said he often tries to ‘keep calm’ – or go to sleep – when he suffers badly but he still hiccups while asleep, which can affect his partner.
Now he has urged doctors, or anyone, to come forward in a bid to find a potential cure.
He said: ‘The doctors have done well and they’ve been very helpful.
‘But I’m hoping another doctor has got some sort of idea – I don’t think I can live with it for the rest of my life.
‘I would be very happy if someone could come forward – more than happy.
‘I’m prepared to try anything. This is my last resort.’