leigha

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So Ive lost 112lbs since I started this journey. I joined a gym and started working out and swimming almost everyday. I put all my vitamins into a pill organizer in an effort to take everything I need to in a day. A couple of weeks ago my back started hurting. It has gotten progressively worse and more difficult to bare. I can't stand to sit for a long period of time and if I am laying down I have to move almost every few minutes. I called my PCP and he gave me a very mild muscle relaxer with instructions to continue the stretching I was already doing and apply heat 3 times a day for 10 mins. Nothing has helped. I am going to the dr this afternoon. I am almost certian it has everything to do with the fact that I have lost so much weight so rapidly and my back is trying to figure out why it is not having to support a 400+ lb person anymore. I am so tired of my back hurting, it has kept me from doing the things I want to at the gym, I most do a standing foam roll to releive the pain and pressure in my back. It is my middle and lower back that is hurting. I have scheduled my first ever chiropractor appt for next week as well. I just don't know what to do with the new pain, it is not something I have ever had a problem with. If you guys and gals have had similar situations or have any addiontal advice I would be very grateful!

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I suddenly started having a lot of pain in one hip.  to the point it was hard to sit through the day at work.  if I recall it was 3 or 4 months out.  I went to the chiropractor.  I had body work done.  nothing seemed to help for a long time.  then I suddenly realized it didn't hurt anymore.  could have been the chiropractor.  could have been the body work.  could have been losing more weight.  my chiropractor agreed that it may just have been my body figuring out how to be with so much less weight. 

 

hope you find what works for you. 

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I sure hope you feel better quickly!

 

I might try ice on it for 10 minutes at a time to see if that helps any.

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I've had back issues before (not related to WLS) and got relief from physical therapy.  They used ice, ultrasound, and E-Stim, as well as gave me some exercises to do at home. 

 

Hope you find something soon that helps, back pain is miserable.

 

 

Editing to add...congrats on the weight loss, that is absolutely amazing!!

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I totally agree with you. I lost 137 pounds back in 2005 (gained it back in a years,time) same thing happened to me. ... after chiropractic care, physical therapy and multiple visits with pcp I came to the same conclusion you have....

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I had back pain back last December.  I was acutely aware that my core muscle strength was GONE.  I increased my exercise and ultimately added a core strengthening program I do three days per week specifically targeting my core muscles.  That has been what helped that problem.

 

I also developed arthritis in my hip in the last year.  In my case, its psoriatic arthritis, and I've been to the Orthoped to confirm it, even though that is a rare location to develop it.  I still think the changes and skin that now hangs contributes to the problem, but its actually PA and not just weight loss specific.  I just finished a round of Physical Therapy for that hip and knee (also PA) and I added an Orthoped to my medical team to keep an eye on my joints now.

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The time I had sudden, intense back pain it turned out to be degenerative disc disorder. Coincided with a 45 lb weight loss and derailed me. It's a self-limiting condition, but Leigha you're a bit young for that to be what's going on.

chaotic life, if you don't already see a Rheumatologist, you should find one. With psoriatic arthritis, it's best to have a Rheum on your team too.

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I've had the exact opposite experience. My back pain, after losing weight, is gone. I guess either way, it shows what an impact weight has on us, doesn't it? 

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You have lost a lot of weight, but I don't believe that you have had any skin removal surgery or anything along those lines yet. Right?

 

Just a guess, but could you be feeling extra pull on your back because of abdominal skin (ie a hanging pannus or even breasts)

 

Hang with me a sec... my mom was 5ft tall and was 285lbs. She lost 100lbs after WLS and suddenly started having back pain. She complained about it and the Dr. told her it was strain, then it was something else... yada yada yada. 

 

Finally after a bunch of Dr. visits she went to see  PS on her own. The plastics Dr. made a comment that the removal of the excess skin may help her relieve her pain. She said that she wasn't ready and that she wanted to lose more weight first. So... she started wearing compression garments ALL THE TIME. ugh.

 

But she hung in there and it did help a bit. After getting her weight down 20lbs more she had a panniculectomy and an abdominoplasty. They took off 13lbs of skin. She swears it has helped her back more than the meds the other Dr. was giving her. HTH

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I had back problems before WLS. Ive had sciatic pain for years and then in 2010 I fell and broke my leg. Well I didn't know it at the time but I also injured my back. That pain started a few months after the fall. Every time I told my PCP my back hurts she would get all sarcastic and say, hmm really? Hows your weight? Always blame it on my weight. Well I KNEW it was not helping anything but I also thought it was not the whole problem. Finally PCP allowed me to have a MRI. Turned out I have degenerative disk disease and from the fall a couple of bulging disks. My pain was really the major factor in me having WLS. Ive lost about 110 lbs and gone from a size 22 to a 4. My pain has gotten WORSE. Nobody can figure out why. It should have relieved  at least some of it. Ive been to back specialists, pain specialists, classes on how to manage pain. Had cortisone shots, you name it I've done it. Actually Ive not tried a chiropractor yet. I would have to pay out of pocket for that though. My insurance wouldn't cover it.

 

I sure hope yours gets better! 

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I had the same thing when I lost around 100. Was so frustrated that after losing weight my back was starting to give me problems. I also did core strengthening and that's when it got better. The absolute best thing about WLS and dropping the pounds for me has been being able to strengthen my core again. It's the biggest thing that has changed my life. At first I didn't think id be able to strengthen it much because I figured it was permanently damaged. Turns out I was crazy. I would encourage everyone to work their core - it will change your life.

PS I also still have some back strain sometimes and do think it is because of the pull from the excess skin. Haven't been able to get mentally strong enough to committ to having that surgery yet. But if more of you tell me that it helped your back strain I may be talked into it. :)

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I wonder if there's an official diagnosis for that, which may get a skin removal procedure covered by insurance, since it's actually causing another medical problem.  (I've heard of the panni being covered this way, just wondering if there might be anything similar for excess skin causing other issues too)

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Stomach muscles are what supports our back.  That is why core exercises help.

 

At least that is what I was told by a doctor years ago when I was having back problems.

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