London, Jan 5 (ANI): Musician Christopher Sands has suffered from hiccups every day for the past 22 months, and they show no sign of stopping.
Sands has struggled to sleep, eat and hold down food for nearly two years due to the problem.
The 24-year-old has tried all manner of remedies - ranging from old wives' tales like eating honey while hanging upside down, to hi-tech cures such as sitting in a compression chamber - since his hiccupping fit began in February 2007.
And now, Sands has said that he is beginning to lose hope of ever being cured. "Last night I passed out on the floor because I can't breathe properly when my throat locks up with the hiccups," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
"All my friends have noticed how skinny I have been looking recently because I can't hold my food down," he added.
Sands is slated to have an operation at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, to stop him bringing up his food - a side-effect of the affliction.
However, he has been warned not to expect the surgery on a damaged stomach valve to cure him.
"They are going to do keyhole surgery to grab a bit of my stomach and wrap it around the top of itself and it should tighten the stomach valve," he said.
"Hopefully this will stop me from being sick. The doctors said it should make me more comfortable and able to deal with it, but that it won't help with the hiccups.
"No one has been able to give me any hope. It is getting to the point where I'm running out of things to try - the point of no cure. I'm still very chirpy, it hasn't managed to bring me down yet," he added. (ANI)