Definition and Causes
There are many wonders that the human body continue to amaze us. Up to now, many scientists are still fascinated with the inner workings of the brain because there are a lot of mysteries that need to be unfold in this unique organ. Another scientific mystery that continues to haunt us is hiccups. It is probably one of those things that fascinate us and even the great minds in science.
What Is A Hiccup?
Hiccup is an involuntary reflex of the body as a result of the constant contractions in the diaphragm, which is responsible for our breathing. When the diaphragm continues to contract, the opening in the vocal cords closes causing the “hic” sound which we usually hear.
No one really knows the reason behind the purpose of hiccups and it still remains a mystery for many scientists. Hiccups may just be another mystery to our enigmatic body but it helps to understand this topic. One thing is for sure, hiccups can be harmless for many and it can go away easily with simple remedies but it can also be a sign of an impending danger to our health so it needs to be evaluated whenever it happens especially if a person experiences constant hiccups.
Normally hiccups only last for a few minutes but there are others who experience it for a longer period of time and they are called constant hiccups.
What Causes Constant Hiccups?
There are many causes for hiccups which are usually can as a result of human practice such as eating too much. However, constant hiccups are different because they may signal impending diseases that can be fatal if not examined by a medical professional right away.
- Pneumonia – Studies believe that the irritation which pneumonia causes in the lungs of a person causes hiccups to appear. Pneumonia causes destruction in the nerves that control the diaphragm thus producing prolonged hiccups.
- Pancreatitis – Is an inflammation of the pancreas which can be caused by gallstones or other metabolic disorders. When the pancreas is inflamed, the digestive enzymes insidedestroy the pancreas itself and then they eventually come out. Once the enzymes are out, they will continually destroy the surrounding tissues and eventually damage the nerves that control the diaphragm.
- Brain injury – Injuries in the brain cause the brain to swell and when it does, there would be a problem in the delivery of messages to the body. Damage to the nervous system can affect how the brain commands the diaphragm to move thus causing longer periods of hiccups.