Is Your Back Pain Due To Dehydration?

You’ve heard it countless times before: stay hydrated! Water makes up over 50% of the human body, and when we aren’t properly hydrated, our bodies can suffer from side effects of dehydration including headaches, dizziness, and fainting. On top of all that, dehydration could be the source of your back pain!

When you are dehydration, water is sapped from the spinal discs that are located between every other vertebra, which causes backaches. When the discs aren’t hydrated, the spine ends up absorbing the full shock of the body’s movements, resulting in even more pain. Here’s what you need to know.

Back Pain and Dehydration

Those small discs we just mentioned are the link between back pain and dehydration. They are filled with a jelly-like substance that is almost 75% water. The outer ring, aka the nucleus pulposus, and the inner ring are mostly water. Interestingly enough, you can even lose up to a half an inch in height from when you wake up in the morning to when you go to bed a night. That’s because water is slowly released from those spinal discs throughout the day. When you are asleep, your discs are rehydrated, so you return to your full height each morning. Your discs work to keep themselves hydrated throughout the day, but that is challenging when in an upright position. To help keep your back pain away due to dehydrated discs, be sure to drink plenty of water.

It is important to keep your discs adequately hydrated, or else they are unable to support and protect the spine properly. Those squishy discs are located between every two vertebrae and their job is to absorb the shock from everyday movements along with protecting the spine from wear and tear. If they cannot function as they should, additional stress is put on the spine, leading to swelling, pain, and even bulging discs.

Signs of Dehydration

Here are 10 indicators that you are dehydrated:

  1. Dizziness

  2. Irritability

  3. Headaches

  4. Fatigue

  5. Dark urine

  6. Bad Breath

  7. Dry eyes/blurry vision

  8. Dry skin

  9. Muscle Cramps

  10. Fever

As important as it is to stay hydrated, it isn’t always easy to develop that habit. Try to set a daily goal of consuming a half an ounce of water per pound that you weigh. For example, if you weight 180 pounds, you will want to drink at least 90 ounces of water each day. That might sound like a lot, but your health depends on it! To learn more tips to take care of your health, contact us or ask during your next adjustment!