Green Tea Cause Back Pain?

by Kholiswa
(South Africa)

I'm a 37 year old woman and have been drinking green tea for two weeks now. It definately gives me lots of energy and people have commented about my beautiful skin.

My one concern though is that I have recenty been having this lower back pain, to an extent that I have found myself having to stand from time to time whilest working on my PC. I was wondering if it could have anything to do with it.

Answer:

Kholiwa, I am glad you have enjoyed drinking green tea.

Green tea is anti-flammatory, so if anything it should help rather than cause back pain.

If you have been sitting on your desk working on PC for a long time, it is not usual to suffer from back and neck problems.

Two weeks of drinking tea is highly unlikely to cause any "internal" side effect such as back pain.

Just make sure you are not drinking more than 6 cups of green tea a day, which is the recommended dosage by the UK Tea Council, due to the caffeine consideration.

(As you get more familiar with tea, you can drink more if you like.)

I have compiled a list of side effects here, you may want to check to be certain of any things else you may not be aware of:

Green Tea Side Effects

I am not medically qualified so I can only make some suggestions. Please consult your doctors for further advice.

I hope this helps.

Julian

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Jul 12, 2009
Green Tea Cause Back Pain?
by: Lesego

Hi there

I am also experiencing back pains every time after drinking Green Tea, pains similar to menstrual pains.

What could be causing that?

I am not stressed or sitting in front of my pc for longs hours. This happens whenever even when I'm relaxed.

Should I be worried?

Jul 13, 2009
back pain = stomach cramps?
by: Anonymous

I have just recently started drinking green tea because I'm trying to clean out my system. I heard that drinking green tea makes you go to the bathroom, and that has been the case for me. I also get gas.

To me these feel like menstrual cramps, and happen only when i drink the tea warm or hot.

I've tried drinking cold tea, and i didn't get the cramps. It could be that when the tea is warm or hot, it absorbs much faster causing cramps in sensitive people. I know from giving birth too, that sometimes cramps can feel like back pain.

I hope this helped.

Aug 15, 2009
Be moderate when you drink green tea
by: jasmine girl

Hi there. just to add something here that many people (other than perhaps chinese/japanese/koreans etc) do not know.

You should not drink green tea on an empty stomach. Especially if your green tea is strong.

There is a saying in china, if you want to kill yourself, drink tea while your stomach is empty.

In other words, green tea is strong in nature. that is why it is good for detoxification. so usually the Asians drink tea after they eat (but preferably not right after). It is especially good when you eat oily or heavy food.

If you want to drink on empty stomach, don't use too much leaves. a few will do, basically make it light. Otherwise too much and too strong green tea can make you hungry and may effect you in some ways.

Moderation is the key.

Sep 21, 2009
The opposite happend for me
by: Jessica

The opposite thing happened for me. I hurt my back lifting a resident at work. I just began drinking two cups in the morning, and my back pain is gone. I swear!

I'm sure the ibuprofin helped too, and there are other factors. But I also think it has A LOT to do with the Green Tea.

I drink the pure green tea. I tell people that I think green tea got rid of my back pain, and they look at me like I'm insane.

Ah well.

Feb 01, 2010
Green Tea Back Pain
by: Anonymous

I am in my 40's as well and whenever I drink Green Tea for long periods of time I experience the same thing.

Jul 02, 2010
Back Pain after drinking Green Tea
by: SBW in Portland

I thought I was imagining it but when I drink too much green tea, I get back ache and sometimes a painful muscle spasm episode.

Then when I read some of the other experiences on this site, I realized that it's true.

I practice herbal medicine so I can see why this would be true for certain types, i.e., thin people with dry skin and a sensitive colon are more likely to get back pain because green tea aggravates the Vata dosha in the pelvic area.

I think the suggestion to drink it after food is a very good idea and I am going to try that.

Thanks for listening. SBW in Portland

Nov 09, 2010
Oh come on!
by: Phil

Tea affecting your backs, what? Are you all mad.

Do all the research you want, green tea, jasmine, black etc. are the best things you can consume to stay healthy, and the Asians live very long due to many other things including a great diet.

Backaches lol

Nov 11, 2010
Its possible that it can
by: Anonymous

I've been drinking TONNES of tea for about 10 years, and I'm only 20 and I have so many back problems (including reduced back bone density which not my age should have) that puzzle doctors, and before they showed up on xray/MRI.

I was already complaining about terrible back pain/muscle spasms/tension when they couldn't find anything, and I do think tea has something to do with it all, I get high off tea basically but I've never used more than 2 litres/4t-bags per day regularly, I think the back pain has to do w certain people getting slight muscle spasms/tensions as a tea hangover basically.

Nov 21, 2010
Oh, Yes It Is possible!!
by: Anonymous

When I drank tea for two weeks straight, two twelve ounce cans a day. My back pain and restlessness began halfway into the second week. So yes it was the tea, that was the only thing I started new. Cut it out and now I'm fine.

Dec 03, 2010
upper back, sholder pain
by: Anonymous

Yes, same thing, I have drank green tea on and off over the years. Just put it together and realized it was causing my pain.

Dec 28, 2010
Back Pain From Tea
by: tjake13

I have inflammation from some scar tissue, that bothers me sometimes. I recently twisted my back, and it hurt a little.

I started drinking black teas, and my back pain went from a 3 to a 10. I was crawling on the floor.

What ever is in tea, caused my tissue around the injury to swell. I tried drinking tea again, and the pain came back. Whatever is in tea, does not agree with me.

Jan 31, 2011
Green tea and lower back
by: Andy

I tried drinking green tea for 2 weeks and it as made me feel ill. Also my lower back is hurting real bad. I have found out that green tea blocks iron absortion might have something to do with musle strength. so I won't be drinking any more.

Apr 04, 2011
Muscle spasms & muscle cramps
by: Maureen

I've been drinking a lot of green tea for about a year or so. For the past several months I have been having painful muscle cramps everywhere...toes, feet, ankles, legs, ribs, back, fingers, hands, arms....and I began to think that perhaps the green tea, being a diuretic, might be draining me of needed potassium.

I'm going to stop drinking it for a while, get some potassium supplements, and see if that cures my problems. I cannot sleep through the night with out bolting out of bed several times with painful cramps somewhere.

Wish me luck....I need some sleep.

Apr 07, 2011
Back Pain -- Yes!
by: Anonymous

I definitely notice a correlation between frequent green (and black) tea drinking and lower back muscle spasms. I think the back pain is the result of its expansive effect on the bladder and bowels. Frequent urination is also a result.

No more than a few cups of tea a day for me, and only with/after meals. I have quickly noticed the difference.

Jul 12, 2011
Possible Link?
by: Anonymous

I notice my back hurts whenever I am a bit dehydrated. As teas often have a bit of a diuretic effect, perhaps drinking more water would help.

Just a thought...

Dec 22, 2011
Back pain
by: jay

33 year old male into fitness. Green tea definetly giving me back pain assoiciated with constipation. Get it just after a few days of starting to drink green tea even once a day.

Mar 20, 2012
Caffeine
by: Anonymous

Sure it's not the caffeine?

Apr 26, 2012
Back pain & cramps
by: NJ

Very fit 43 y/o female. Experiencing lower back pain and menstrual like cramps since recently starting to consume green tea 2-3x daily.

I think it is an affect on uterine fibroids???

May 09, 2012
I agree
by: Anonymous

I am 16 and i have been drinking green tea for a couple of weeks, only 1 cup a day, but I found I started getting a really sore lower back as well.

I tried not eating for a couple of hours then having a cup of green tea to see what the effects were. Almost instantly my back started to ache.

I do enjoy green tea so i still drink it occasionally and i can deal with the pain easier. :)

Jun 01, 2012
Upper Back Pain
by: D

Yes, I have had upper back pain the past couple days, especially around the spinal area.

I've been on a green tea addiction lately for the last month (consuming more these past couple weeks), not to mention the night before the back pain started (in the morning and middle of the nights).

I have now a severe upper back pain & ache.

Such a shame, because I love green tea.

Jan 10, 2013
Shoulder Pain
by: Anonymous

Ive ben drinking green tea on and off for around 3 years now. I find that the tea gives me a sharp pain in my shoulder, which goes away when I stopp drinking it for a few days.

Doctor didn't seem convinced though.

Feb 25, 2013
Back pain drinking tea
by: vivian

I love tea....green, white, brown...all of it, but i notice everytime I drank like 2 cups/bottles a day for a few days...I get lower back pain...that is really bad....I stop dranking the tea and the back pain is gone.

I tried this over the course of 5 years and the pain comes back everytime I drank tea. I limit the tea dranking down to about a cup or so a week...I don't know why this happens, I just know it does.

Aug 29, 2013
Backache
by: Anonymous

Regular black tea gives me backaches, Lately I have been drinking Calli tea for the last couple of weeks and have no backaches. I really love the favor of calli tea. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

Sep 11, 2013
OMG
by: Anonymous

I started adding green tea to my regular tea and I've never been in so much pain now that I read this it makes me wonder I get shoulder pain and spasms and lower and upper pain and cramps that's crazy I'm going to stop drinking it to see what happens.

Nov 22, 2013
tea and back pain
by: Anonymous

Both green and black (especially pronounced) give me back and joint pain if I drink them regularly. Thought I was imagining it at first, but after several years, have definitely determined a correlation.

Jan 12, 2014
I love green tea but it's revenge hurts.
by: Anonymous

I love green tea but it really gives me gas pains in my upper shoulder area of my back. I shall stop drinking tea and see what happens. This has happen in the past also but I never thought it had any connection to the tea I drink! BP

Jan 29, 2014
Green tea dilemas
by: Dona

Green tea is supposed to have many benefits and that is why I started it two weeks ago. It has affected me in two ways.

1- muscle aches. Read that caffeine could contribute to muscle aches and green tea has caffeine.

2- constipation. Read that tannin and caffeine
contribute to constipation. Both are in green tea.

Also the fact that green tea is a natural mild diuretic can add to the problem. Tried taking in more liquid to compensate and ended up running to the bathroom all night.

How do I get the benefits of green tea without the nasty side effects?.

Feb 25, 2014
Yep
by: Anonymous

Yep, same here! After several years on and off of various teas, definite correlation with low back pain and hip pain. Even had an xray to determine that it was not osteoarthritis. I'm a 50 yr old Caucasian woman with Nordic heritage, suspect that Asians and Middle Easterners do not suffer from this side effect, as tea has had a long history of use in these populations. Someone prove me wrong.

Feb 26, 2014
Yes, with me!
by: Anonymous

I was wondering for along time why I have sometimes very heavy lower back pain, especially at night and sometimes not. First I blamed my age. But, I suspected it may also have something to do with my exercise, posture, eating/drinking habits. I followed every food I eat and seen no change. As a regular jasmine/ green tee drinker, I switched my tea to Hibiscus tea for one week. Not only the stomach cramps but the Back pain was completely gone. I didn't believe this. So, I switched back to concentrated jasmine tea. I drank two cups/day as usual. Back pain was back in full. The next morning I threw away the very expensive tea. Now I drink any other herbal tea but black, green/jasmine tea and I have no issues anymore. It took me a lot of time experimenting what was causing my back pain. I can't exclude other causes, but I feel an unknown ingredient in green tea is at least aggravating my back pain.

Finally I came to this website to see if others had this experience before and I see I am not alone. Looks we fixed the back issue, for now, without seeing a doc.

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