The Connection Between Dehydration and Headaches

I don’t drink enough water! There I said it, came clean. I just don’t and there is no real good reason for it and I know I should but I don’t. When it gets super hot and I workout, it sometimes really knocks me out for a loop and the signs that I am not drinking enough water come knocking on my door.  I usually wake up raring to go, ready to take on whatever workout comes my way.  The days when I just don’t feel like I have it in me, I am now realizing, is usually because I didn’t drink enough the day before or my dinner was salty and really dehydrated me.

According to this entry about Headaches and Dehydration – thirst is not usually the first sign of dehydration.

Thirst is not usually the first symptom or the only symptom of dehydration; other symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dry, flushed skin
  • Muscle cramps, and myofascial pain.

A common sign of dehydration observed in my clinic is extreme muscle pain upon palpation of the muscle tissues. This muscle pain is exhibited upon examination with a positive jump sign. A positive jump sign occurs when a patient reacts strongly to gentle touching of the involved muscles and quickly moves away from the palpating fingers. One of the most common signs of dehydration involves a loss of skin tone or loose, wrinkled skin.

I find that my lips develop a bluish tint, my muscles hurt, I feel fatigued and I get splotchy vision which turns into a headache. It has happened more than a few times now that I can recognize it and make sure I up my intake of the good ole H20 but inevitably, I go back to my habit of not drinking enough the next day or so. I have tried all the tricks — but for some unknown reason, I can’t get it together and drink more! But things will be changing people! I am going to commit to drinking more water- it’s good for the internal and it’s good for the skin.  

This morning I was definitely dehydrated.  I even hit the snooze this morning but managed to get up after it went off. I should have listened to that internal voice after realizing what the workout of the day was and how thirsty I was. The splotchy vision set in pretty early on into the workout and I was slow!

600m jog

Toes to Bar

For time:

  • 50 Wall ball
  • 25 Toes-to-bar
  • 40 Wall ball
  • 20 Toes-to-bar
  • 30 Wall ball
  • 15 Toes-to-bar
  • 20 Wall ball
  • 10 Toes-to-bar
  • 10 Wall ball
  • 5 Toes-to-bar

time: 18:50 14# – it sucked the entire time!

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