General Question

Facade's avatar

Why does your throat hurt when you have the urge to cry but don't?

Asked by Facade (22845 points ) July 25th, 2009
Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

6 Answers

marinelife's avatar

Because you are tightening all of the muscles in your facial and throat area while attempting to avoid the tears.

Facade's avatar

is that involuntary?

marinelife's avatar

Yes. Here’s a good scientific explanation:

” when we feel a strong emotion, such as the urge to cry, it is translated as stress to the ‘automatic nervous sytem’. Other emotions such as fear or anger are also translated in this way, as it’s thought that the causes of these emotions in our ancestors were only caused by stressful or dangerous situations. This is our typical ‘fight or flight’ biological reaction to things.

The stress triggers the automatic nervous sytem which acts to increase the flow of oxygen and sugar to the muscles give us that much needed boost in dire situations. Consequently, in order to get more oxygen to the body, one biological response is to expand the glottis in your throat.

So, when one feels the urge to cry, it is translated into stress and dealt with accordingly by your automatic nervous system. But, being the social creatures we are, there are times when we try to suppress the urge to cry and often constrict or stop breathing altogether. Hence we have a battle between the body’s natural response to stress by widening the muscle in the throat to get more oxygen, and one’s wish to avoid shedding tears where we often stop breathing and thus constrict the muscle in our throat.”

Facade's avatar

That explains it :)
Thanks

augustlan's avatar

I have always wondered about this. Thanks for both the question and the answer!

Facade's avatar

you’re welcome

Answer this question

Login

or

Join

to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
or
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther