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It seems as though the present-day media cares a great deal about terminal illnesses. Sure, having one’s life stolen before one’s time is a horrible thing, but there are other people who suffer, as well.
A perfect example of this is people who experience chronic pain day in and day out. You see, even if their situation doesn’t get any worse, and even if it doesn’t pose a direct threat to their lives, they are still in a tricky spot. In a lot of cases, chronic pain prevents them from enjoying life the way they are supposed to.
Truth be told, there are a lot of different cases of chronic pain and many different factors that influence it. However, did you know that the amount of water you take in on a daily basis can also play a role in how severe your pain becomes?
With this in mind, here are few things you should know about the connection between chronic pain and dehydration.
Different Types of Chronic Pain
Even though we referred to the notion of chronic pain in the introduction, it would be outright wrong to assume it is a single problem that you can pinpoint. You see, chronic pain is a symptom that manifests itself in a particular area of the body.
For example, you may have headaches, joint pain, backache, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle, and/or nerve pain. The cause of the pain can vary, as well, and it can come from both mental and physiological sources.
Some of these conditions are curable, and some are here to stay, but what we are most concerned about in this article are some short-term methods of diminishing pain.
How Dangerous Is Dehydration?
The first thing you need to understand about dehydration is that 70 percent of our bodies consist of water. This water is vital for the functioning of every living cell in our body, and the loss of it can cause serious complications.
After all, there is a reason why without food, our survival is the matter of weeks while without water, it is the matter of hours. Diseases like asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can all get additionally complicated because of dehydration.
Dehydration can also be the cause of severe migraine headaches, back pain, or even joint pain. Another painful issue that may occur during dehydration is constipation, which can put extreme pressure on the end of your small intestine.
All in all, drinking water is a definite first step to avoid – or at least ease the symptoms of – chronic illnesses a bit.
What Are the Signs of Dehydration?
A lot of people depend on their feeling of thirst alone to estimate whether they are experiencing dehydration, but this is not always as reliable. Put simply, there are other reliable indicators you could turn to, as well.
Dry mouth, lightheadedness on standing, the change of urine color (getting darker), or a decrease in the urination amount or frequency are all reliable indicators of dehydration.
Additionally, weakness or fatigue can also be symptoms of this particular problem.
Will Any Water Do?
Finally, not any fluid can do the job. You see, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and alcohol simply aren’t good enough substitutes for water. Unfortunately, not every type of water will do, either.
Sure, anything fluid will quench your thirst for a moment, but what about the harmful compounds you might be being exposed to?
Someone with a chronic illness needs to take special care to avoid as many potential environmental toxins as possible.
In some parts of the world, tap water is not safe to drink, but the situation isn’t better with the bottled water, either. Although the contents of the bottle undergo rigorous testing and inspections, the material from which the bottles are made are often not subjected to the same examination.
This is why the safest course of action would be to get a UV sterilizer and make your own bacteriologically clean water.
As you can see, dehydration is a serious problem and something that could make your chronic pain symptoms much, much worse. In order to deal with this properly, you need to fix your drinking habits and take more care about the general well-being of your body. This is a practice you can greatly benefit from, and it is definitely a topic worth further consideration.