5 Things causing your back pain and fatigue
Back pain and fatigue aren’t often two symptoms you would put together, but unfortunately, they’re synonymous with how we are living a modern life. Our entire body structure relies on the strength of our core, which supports our spinal alignment and keeps us actively mobile. And if you’ve ever experienced back pain, then we bet you know how it can really mess with your daily mojo.
But fatigue? How does back pain make us tired? Well, the answer is simple. Muscle tension makes it harder to get comfortable, especially in our sleep. Back pain particularly can keep us awake as we toss and turn to find a comfortable position, disrupting our sleep, and leading to fatigue.
It’s not only the frequent nightly wake-ups that can cause fatigue but also the way in which your body is trying to process your pain. The less sleep you have, the less tolerant you’ll be to the pain and depending on the intensity of it, this can contribute to you finding yourself feeling tired.
What causes back pain and fatigue?
From your occupation to posture, these common causes of back pain and fatigue need your attention:
1. Muscle stress
Some jobs, whether you’re a professional athlete (or just a fitness fanatic), work in construction or any job that relies on heavy muscle use can cause muscle strain that can lead to back pain causing fatigue.
Do you have a poor posture? When your spine is consistently out of alignment, your muscles have to do more work to keep you upright, which can cause back problems.
Some back pain problems can signal the presence of other ailments which could be more severe to your health. For example, if you have a kidney infection, you may find your back being sore for a prolonged period.
4. Pinched nerves or ruptured disc
Between the bones that make up your spine are soft cushions of connective tissues known as discs. If the disc cushioning begins to swell, or if it ruptures, it can place pressure on any nearby nerves. This can cause acute pain.
5. Arthritis or osteoarthritis
This condition, in which the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time, can create lower back pain. (Lower back pain is the most common of back pains, and don’t we know it). If left untreated, it can lead to spinal stenosis, which is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal which can cause painful pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.
How to prevent back pain and fatigue
Preventing fatigue from back pain is about improving your physical condition and getting to grips with your body mechanics.
- Be aware of your daily posture, in your waking and sleeping life. Some sleeping positions can prevent aches and pains from setting in and help align your spine when it’s feeling a bit iffy. Setting up your desk and chair properly to maintain a good posture as you work can also be vital in warding off a stiff back.
- Getting regular exercise that focuses on core strength. A weak core can contribute to long term recurring muscle strain. So, get in that daily yoga or try a plank challenge to help strengthen those back muscles. After all, it is your body’s natural corset.
- Keep a balanced diet. Weight gain can put stress on the way you carry yourself and make your back muscles work harder, which can lead to long term fatigue.
- Have regular check-ups when you’re older. If you’re prone to back pain, regularly visiting a chiropractor or your doctor as you age can keep an eye out if anything starts to look more serious.
If you’re suffering from fatigue that’s starting to affect your daily life, your sleep quality is usually the first place to look. Sleep deprivation is caused by several external factors, from stress and lifestyle habits to working hours, and yes, screen time too. Understanding what is causing your fatigue and knowing what may be interfering with your sweet dreams is the first step to getting back on track to your energetic self.