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Hydration Could Ease Your Pain

  • Sep 30, 2016
  • by Atlanta Pain Management Center
  • Preventive Health Care
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Keeping your body properly hydrated has numerous advantages. Water helps with sustaining a sufficient blood volume so that nutrients can readily travel through your blood stream and to your joints. In addition, water helps waste products move out of your joints.

For the most part, water affects every living cell and organ in your body. In fact, proper hydration plays a significant part in the health of your joints, spine and back.

In point of fact, most specialists agree that dehydration can be a cause of back pain. For instance, when there are adequate amounts of water in your body then your disks will re-hydrate themselves. However, if the central gelatinous cannot get fully hydrated then the whole disk becomes compromised and possibly weakened. When the disk is fully hydrated, the inner nucleus pulposis supports 75% of the weight and the outer ring supports 25%. If at any time the inner area becomes dehydrated then it cannot support its share of the weight. In result, you can experience swelling, pain and even disk herniation.

Thus, a simple and easy solution to preventing or reducing back pain is by staying hydrated. In fact, many specialists say that increasing your daily intake of healthy water will reduce back pain and spasms. Light exercise is also beneficial. Nonetheless, drinking water before and after exercise is crucial in maintaining hydration. What is more, never wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Generally, being thirsty is a sign that you are already dehydrated.

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration is in reference to a shortage of total body water with a disturbance of the metabolic processes (life-sustaining chemical conversions within the cells of living organisms). Moreover, dehydration may cause high sodium levels in the blood (hypernatremia).

We lose water from our bodies every day in several ways such as when we exhale, in our urine and sweat. Besides losing water from our bodies we also lose salt. It is when we lose too much water our bodies become dehydrated and may cause mild to severe pain along with other symptoms. Moreover, severe dehydration can cause death.

Numerous Causes

According to WebMD, there are various reasons why the body becomes dehydrated. In fact, there are innumerable conditions that may cause constant and precipitous fluid loss that lead to dehydration:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive exercise
  • Increased urination
  • Overexposure to heat
  • Lack of safe drinking water
  • Certain conditions like diabetes
  • Impairment such as being on a respirator or in a coma
  • Severe skin injuries like chronic skin diseases or burns


There are many signs and symptoms that indicate you may be dehydrated such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Disoriented
  • Amplified thirst
  • Decreased urine
  • Unable to sweat
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Swollen tongue and dry mouth
  • Palpitations (heart is pounding or jumping)

When to Seek Out Medical Advice

You should seek medical advice and care if you are hydrated and are experiencing other symptoms such as:

  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased urine
  • Feeling disoriented
  • You have a fever over 101°F
  • Diarrhea for more than 2 days
  • Compounded or constant vomiting for more than a day

Moreover, seek emergency care if a dehydrated person has a fever higher than 103°F, no urine in the past 12 hours, has abdominal or chest pain, is having difficulty breathing or experiencing seizures.

Alliance Spine and Pain Centers

If you are experiencing chronic pain for a prolonged amount of time, it is recommended that you see a specialist. Although the pain may be caused by dehydration, there can be other underlying issues causing the discomfort. All the same, a spine and pain specialist can help you decrease or even eliminate pain. At Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, we render every effort to give you relief without surgery procedures. Moreover, the physicians at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers use an inclusive pain management solution to fit your individual needs. And for convenience, Alliance Spine and Pain Centers has 20 locations in Atlanta, North and East Georgia: Augusta, Austell, Camp Creek, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Conyers, Covington, Dallas, Dawsonville, Decatur, Douglasville, Hiram, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Piedmont, Roswell and Woodstock.

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