Back pain that is relieved when drinking water – back pain forum – ehealthforum gas house


the doctors have ruled out kidney infection, so now they tried the stomach acid route, but the omeprazole dosnt touch the pain… and again from life experience i know im not suffering from acid indegestion. In stopping the water drinking to see the results of the omeprazole, the same thing happened as before … the pain came back and again its taken me about 3 days to get the pain down to zero. ive had blood tests now to look at liver pancreas and other reasons…but reasearching the pancreas ive read that a pain in the stomach that initially is releived by leaning forward or lying on your stomach that then radiates into the back is a sign of pancreatitis….an acute attack….which is not great ! but as my gran had gallstones im hoping thats going to be the same for me… she had the stones out and lived to a ripe old age actually im at a point right now of only needing water every 4 hours … but ive cut out all fats in anticipation of my pancreas being involved here…and so have reduced the work load …. ill keep posting till ive got this sorted…. meanwhile i want to report that drinking the volumes of water i have has really opened my eyes to how little water i drank before…how dehydrated i was …and HOW BRILLIANT I FEEL….LITERALLY ENERGISED.. from humble pure water.

Water affects every organ and cell within your body. You may not have known this, but water even plays an enormous role in the health of your back and spine. The lack of proper hydration could affect your back and could be a cause of back pain. Here’s how… Between every two vertebrae lies a disk, which functions as a shock absorber for all that we put our backs through everyday. This disk has two parts: an outer, flexible but very tough ring, which is filled with a gelatinous substance, called the nucleus pulposis. This inner substance is primarily water. All day long, as gravity works on our upright spine, water is slowly squeezed out of the disks.

Then at night, when we are lying down, the disks slowly rehydrate. This daily dehydration and nightly rehydration of the disks is the reason why most of us are generally about to inch shorter when we go to bed than when we wake up in the morning! Regular movement during the day is also important to keep disks hydrated – as the spine moves forward and back, the disks will absorb what water is available.

Our disks will successfully rehydrate themselves during the night, and also during the day when possible, as long as there are adequate water levels within the body. When there is not enough water available to fully hydrate the gelatinous center, the whole disk becomes compromised. The disk is designed, when fully hydrated, so that the outer ring bears 25% of the weight load while the inner nucleus pulposis supports 75%.

When the inner portion is dehydrated, it cannot support its share of the load, so more and more of your weight is borne by the outer ring, which simply was not designed for that purpose. This can cause pain, swelling, and even ruptures or herniations of the outer shell of the disk. What this means is that one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce back pain is to increase your daily intake of clean, healthy water, and to be sure to flex your back and neck front to back at times throughout the day. Light exercise is also beneficial; however if you want to avoid back spasms, it is suggested to consume water before, during, and after you begin any physical activities. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water, this means your body is already dehydrated.

It is often said to drink about 8 cups a day. However, this may not be true because drinking levels usually depend on the different needs of each individual. For example, an athlete will need to drink lots more water than someone who is not an athlete. The athlete loses more water while exercising so will have lots more to replenish. Another example is two individuals of the same lifestyle but different weight will also differ in the amount of drinking levels. The heavier individual will need more water to stay hydrated. So, to make it more simple drink one cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. For example, a 150-pound person who does not exercise or work in hot climates needs 7.5 cups. This means 7.5 cups of pure water; drinking soda, tea, and coffee do not count even though they have water in it! These drinks are filled with artificial sweeteners and caffeine that will dehydrate you. Try to limit the amount of beverages you drink other than water. Treat them as a dessert and not something you drink on a regular basis.

After a strenuous workout, you have to replace the fluids you have lost. Otherwise, you will suffer chronic dehydration. Water reduces body temperature which is beneficial for those working in hot climates. Water will replenish the fluids your body has lost and help cool your body down.

Drinking more water is a simple preventative measure to protect against developing back pain and can even help reduce existing back pain. Simply stretching your spine forward and back periodically throughout the day will help to rehydrate your disks, provided that you have given your body enough water to work with. So don’t be a pain in the back and drink up today!