Sands had tried everything from getting acupuncture to having a massage, and even tried using an oxygen chamber to find a cure, but nothing worked. He was so desperate to find a cure that he went on a TV show to talk about his condition. A doctor in Japan watching the show contacted him when it was over, and told him he should be checked out to see if he had a tumor.
Sands underwent an MRI and it turned out the doctor was correct. The tests showed that he had a tumor pushing down on his brain stem. The tumor wasn’t cancer, but it was still very dangerous. The doctors said that if he didn’t have it removed, then it could still eventually cause his death.
Shortly finding out this diagnosis, he was scheduled to have the tumor taken out. The operation was a complete success and as a bonus, he finally was cured of the hiccups as well. Sands said that he was thankful for the doctor that finally figured out what his problem was and was able to both cure it and save him from a potentially deadly condition.
So, if you suffer from hiccups that last for weeks, months or years then you should definitely have yourself checked out, just like Sands.