WHAT HICCUPS, RINGING EARS, POPPING JOINTS AND A WHISTLING NOSE MEAN FOR YOUR HEALTH

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If you’ve ever been with a group of people and your stomach seems to be singing them all a song, you know it can be pretty embarrassing, but the truth of the matter is that our bodies make some pretty strange sounds.

Sometimes bodily sounds can indicate hunger or that you have to visit the bathroom. If you ever wondered what some other sounds are, here is something about them!

WHAT HICCUPS, RINGING EARS, POPPING JOINTS AND A WHISTLING NOSE MEAN FOR YOUR HEALTH 

 

What your body sounds mean?

Hiccups

You know how difficult it can be if you have ever tried to speak while having the hiccups. We all have our go-to tricks to get rid of them – holding our breath, drinking water upside down – but why do we hiccup?

Hiccups occur when our diaphragm spasms, resulting in an interruption when we inhale. The diaphragm can be controlled by the vagus and phrenic nerves. These can be stimulated by excitement, medications or our stomachs after eating.

Holding our breath can sometimes work to get rid of hiccups because increased carbon dioxide in the lungs relaxes the diaphragm.

Sometimes hiccups only last for a short while, but if they stick around longer than 48 hours seek medical attention because they could be an indication of nerve irritation. Additionally, hiccups have been noted as a symptom of stroke, so look out for other stroke symptoms like shortness of breath or pain.

Popping joints

The long-believed myth that cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis is just not true. There is a kind of fluid between our joints which keeps them lubricated. If you’re in a squatted position and then stand back up you may hear a pop as the fluid bubbles burst.

Popping joints do become a concern, if they are combined with stiffness, reduction in mobility or severe pain. These symptoms can indicate a rupture of the ligament or injury. If the popping progresses to a grinding, that can be an early sign of osteoarthritis.

Ringing ears

If you endure loud noises over a long period of time, whether from your work or attending a concert, you will notice a faint ringing in your ears. But aggressive sounds are not to blame and the ringing is persistent on a daily basis. That could indicate that you could have tinnitus.

Tinnitus can be caused with aging and infection or damage to the ear. Our ears send sound waves to the brain as they come in. But with tinnitus, the damage to the ear continues to send signals to the brain even though no sound can be heard.

If ear ringing is accompanied by pain or vertigo it can be more serious and an indicator of neurological issues. In this case, you should consult your doctor.

Whistling nose

If your nose ever sounds like a whistle, it’s the result of an obstructed airway. Excess mucus can also be the problem.

If you have experienced trauma to the nose, a whistling sound can be the sign of a tear in the cartilage. This may need to be repaired through surgery so seek out medical attention.

Many noises from the body are harmless, but if they persist they can be symptoms of something more serious. One thing is certain: sound is one of the many unique ways our bodies can communicate with us!

Source: Be Extra Healthy Now

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