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How Dehydration Can Affect Chronic Pain Symptoms

Staying hydrated is something that is advised to everyone, particularly chronic pain sufferers. To find out more, continue reading.

 

How many litres of water do you drink per day? According to experts, two litres of water per day is a healthy amount. Drink less and you could be at risk of dehydration, which is a danger, particularly for those with chronic pain syndrome, as it can make symptoms worse and more painful. In this blog, we discuss more about the link between dehydration and pain, and provide tips on how you can stay dehydrated at all costs, even if you do not enjoy the taste of plain water.

 

Approximately 60% of the adult human body is made up of water, so it is no surprise that the body needs to be refuelled with water during the day. As humans, we naturally lose water throughout the day through sweating, urinating, and even breathing. In some cases, medication, diet, exercise, stress, and environmental changes can also have an impact on the amount of water our bodies lose per day. Replenishing our body with water is crucial in order to prevent a whole host of symptoms brought on as a result of dehydration.

 

Dehydration is uncomfortable, particularly when extreme. Most medical professionals separate dehydration into three stages; mild, moderate, and severe. Mild and, more often than not, moderate dehydration can be reversed through the intake of fluids, however, if untreated, some instances of moderate and severe dehydration can lead to serious consequences.

 

Some of the main symptoms of dehydration include the following:

 

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness
  • Decreased urine output
  • Darkly coloured urine
  • Headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fever
  • Increased heart rate
  • Confusion

 

Avoiding dehydration is particularly important for those of you who suffer with chronic pain syndrome, as the above symptoms could lead to increased pain and discomfort. Connective tissues, such as tendons, ligaments, and collagen fibres house the majority of the body’s water. As the body loses water from these connective tissues, it becomes more prone to physical injuries, which leads to inflammation, which is something that is known for causing more painful symptoms for chronic pain sufferers.

 

The bottom line is that optimal hydration levels are key to a healthy body. To help, we have provided a few tips to follow, so you can ensure you are hydrated at all times.

 

  • Drink plenty of water. If you do not enjoy the taste of plain water, then perhaps you should invest in a fruit infuser cup, which will allow you to add the fruit of your choice to your drink to give it more flavour.
  • As well as liquids, food can also help to tackle dehydration. Some foods, such as melon, tomatoes, and strawberries are naturally rich in water.
  • If you are planning to take part in a morning workout session, be prepared and drink plenty of fluids the night before, so you can prevent yourself from waking up in a dehydrated state.
  • Try to avoid fizzy drinks and opt for still alternatives, such as juices or coconut water, but remember to check the sugar levels, as drinks that are high in sugar should be avoided.

If you feel as though you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this blog, then you must visit your GP. We are not medical experts, however, as we do have experience in handling compensation claims for chronic pain sufferers, we are knowledgeable on the condition. Therefore, if you have developed chronic pain as a result of an accident or injury that was not your fault, we can help you. To get started with your claim, fill in our online contact form or call us on 0161 737 9248.

One response to “How Dehydration Can Affect Chronic Pain Symptoms”

  1. Great tips. People really struggle to take in enough water. Sometime just getting into the habit of having it next to you all day makes you drink more!

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