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Alarm Bells from The Body




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The body is never silent: It is always working round the clock and along with this, it creates sounds – a rumbling sound is a sign that it’s time to grab a bite; a sneeze might mean that your nose is irritated or you’re having a cold. While some of these sounds are naturally produced when our body is working, others might point to serious health issues.


Popping joints

This sound comes from the release of the bubbles in the joint fluid when you crack your joints. This can happen from any joints in your body. Snapping noises usually coming from the hip joints – a result of the interaction between tendons, muscles and bones, which is not as silent and smooth as we think it is. Another common complaint is the “clicking neck” – a clear, audible sound that can be heard when one turns or tilts the head. The clicking sound is a result of tight muscles, causing the vertebrae to rub against each other during certain movements. In most cases, it can be resolved by “cracking” your neck which eases tightness of the joint.

However, if any of these is accompanied with pain, swelling or grinding sensation, it is best to seek help from an orthopaedic as it may indicate osteoarthritis, deterioration of the cartilage, damage tendons, nerve root impingement or a problem in the joint function.




Belching usually occurs when the stomach is filled with swallowed air, which may be caused by anxiety, drinking carbonated drinks or eating or drinking too quickly. When this happens, belching expels the air from the stomach to reduce abdominal discomfort. Belching becomes an area of concern when it comes together with a sore throat or burning chest pain, which may indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or gastritis, the inflammation of the stomach lining.



Snoring is common among many, but it does not mean that it is normal. It is usually caused by a narrowing upper airway or an obstructed air movement during breathing, which may signal sleep apnea. The sleep disorder disrupts breathing, and may lead to chronic sleep deprivation, poor concentration and depression. It also increases the risks of developing diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and stroke as well. If you snore and find yourself gasping for air or choking, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat, experience extreme fatigue even when you have had a long sleep, it’s time to pay a visit to an otolaryngologist or ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist.




The root cause of hiccups still remains a mystery, but they are associated with the human body’s major breathing muscle, the diaphragm. When the diaphragm spasms, it causes an inhale that is abruptly stopped by the glottis. The diaphragm can be stimulated by excitement, nervousness, certain medications or stomach distention after a big meal which may lead to hiccups.


Although hiccups are usually harmless and can be curbed by holding one’s breath, hiccups which last longer than 48 hours may be a sign of nerve irritation or a central nervous system problem.


Source: Prime Magazine Jun - Jul 2017 Issue. Reproduced with permission.

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