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Old 08-06-2006, 02:51 PM   #1
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Question Hump on back (or rounded back)

Hi everyone. I wasn't sure whether to put this in the Obesity forum or the Back forum so I decided to put it here.

I am 20, male, 6ft 1inches tall and I weigh 214pounds (15 stone 4 pounds). My waist measurement is 41" and my chest measurement is 43" (approx). When I was 16, I was 19 stone (266 pounds). Over the past 4 years, I've slowly gotten down to my current weight by cutting out bad food, eating more good food and also doing a lot more walking.

I have a problem with my back though and it is really worrying me. The back of my neck is fine, the top of my back is fine but just below there is a hump. Ok maybe it would be more accurate to say the middle of my back because thats where the hump is. I originally thought my spine was curved and that I had kyphosis but I visited the doctor last week and he said my spine is perfect. He didnt do any x-rays but he felt my spine with his hand. He did say however because I have a bit of a tummy, I tend to lean back a little when standing. When touching this area of my back I can grab and feel all the fat.

This is a really big problem for me because when I wear t-shirts, the back of the t-shirt at the bottom rides/floats up because of the hump. This is really making me feel awful and I have to wear extra long t-shirts (31 inches long at least) so it doesnt look as bad (but you can still notice it)

So my questions are...

1) Is it possible for the body to store so much fat on the back, that it appears as a hump? My uncle weighs 27 stone and my mum 25 stone and their backs are flat.

2) If I lose another 2 or 3 stone, will the fat on my back dissapear?

3) Has bad posture caused this? I have corrected my posture when sitting (I do a lot of sitting) so that I sit more straight but my back aches so much.

Can anyone give me advice please? Thanks for reading!

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Old 08-26-2006, 05:04 PM   #2
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Anyone? I appreicate any comments

 
Old 08-26-2006, 06:24 PM   #3
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Re: Hump on back

I have a hump and went to the doctor for it. He told me that it was muscle built up because my spin was too straight in certain areas. It was causing the muscle around that area to build up and it wasn't able to spread out properly. However, this may not be your problem. Have you gone to a chiropractor or a spin specialist about it? Also, is the hump painful? How large is it? Do you have any other pain in your back? - Catherine

 
Old 08-27-2006, 02:22 PM   #4
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I developed a hump at the base of my neck, thet was from steroid from my epidural injections, it eventually went away.
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Old 08-28-2006, 08:38 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Catherine83]I have a hump and went to the doctor for it. He told me that it was muscle built up because my spin was too straight in certain areas. It was causing the muscle around that area to build up and it wasn't able to spread out properly. However, this may not be your problem. Have you gone to a chiropractor or a spin specialist about it? Also, is the hump painful? How large is it? Do you have any other pain in your back? - Catherine[/QUOTE]

I have no idea how to see a chiropractor or a spin specialist but I did see my doctor because I thought I had kyphosis but the doctor said my spine is fine. No the hump isnt painful and its not that big really, I guess you could say I have a round back more than a hump.

I think I know the cause of it... for the past few years, I've been spending large amounts of time on the computer which is probably why my back has gone like this. Do you think its all about my posture? would sitting more correctly make my back better? I am trying to fix my posture now but its hard to adjust.

Have I done any damage to my back? What do you think

I actually posted pictures of my back for you all to see but thats against the rules here. The pictures are on the internet but I cannot give you the link on this forum.

 
Old 08-29-2006, 02:50 PM   #6
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Re: Hump on back

[QUOTE=Timberwolf_uk]

I tend to lean back a little when standing. When touching this area of my back I can grab and feel all the fat.

This is a really big problem for me because when I wear t-shirts, the back of the t-shirt at the bottom rides/floats up because of the hump. This is really making me feel awful and I have to wear extra long t-shirts (31 inches long at least) so it doesnt look as bad (but you can still notice it![/QUOTE]

I'm wondering if it might be a lipoma. The back is a common place to have it. It is a fatty tumor (nothing to worry about). My father had one removed although not everyone needs to have it removed. Just a guess.

 
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[QUOTE=BobiM]I'm wondering if it might be a lipoma. The back is a common place to have it. It is a fatty tumor (nothing to worry about). My father had one removed although not everyone needs to have it removed. Just a guess.[/QUOTE]

I really doubt that, it doesnt seem that bad and if it was that, why didnt the doctor say anything? My back is more rounded than humped if I were to be honest.

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Old 08-29-2006, 07:05 PM   #8
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If your back does not hurt and the Dr. said nothing is wrong..LUCKY you. It could just be years of bad posture and body image. We all have different bodies and make up's...Embrace your health. If it is real troublesome for you.... Try weight lifting with a professional. Sometimes building up your shoulder muscles will help with your posture by keeping your shoulders back and it will also give you a more positive image of yourself. Not to mention all the other healthy benefits! Good Luck to you.

 
Old 08-29-2006, 10:53 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=ny17]If your back does not hurt and the Dr. said nothing is wrong..LUCKY you. It could just be years of bad posture and body image. We all have different bodies and make up's...Embrace your health. If it is real troublesome for you.... Try weight lifting with a professional. Sometimes building up your shoulder muscles will help with your posture by keeping your shoulders back and it will also give you a more positive image of yourself. Not to mention all the other healthy benefits! Good Luck to you.[/QUOTE]

I respect what you are saying but I am 20, I shouldnt have problems like this. The more I think about it, the more I am sure. My back is caused by poor posture. Even my dad said my shoulders are not right which means I probably have rounded shoulders and I am sure I have whats known as "rounded back".

You said it could be years of bad body image. What do you mean by this? I was obese from the age of 12 to 18 and for the last 2 years, I've been losing weight and I am now classed as overweight.

So what can be done about this? For the last week, I have been trying to correct my posture. I am walking at least an hour everyday, and when I sit, I make sure my back is as flat and as straight as it can be. If I continue to correct my posture, will my rounded back go away?

You mentioned weight lifting... I have 2 dumbells (5KG each) in my bedroom which I've recently started using for my arms. Can these help correct my shoulders/back? Is there any excerises I can do to correct this problem?

I know left untreated, bad posture could cause other health problems in the future such as breathing difficulities. I dont want that so what can be done?

Thanks

 
Old 08-30-2006, 10:30 AM   #10
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[QUOTE=Timberwolf_uk]I respect what you are saying but I am 20, I shouldnt have problems like this. The more I think about it, the more I am sure. My back is caused by poor posture. Even my dad said my shoulders are not right which means I probably have rounded shoulders and I am sure I have whats known as "rounded back".

You said it could be years of bad body image. What do you mean by this? I was obese from the age of 12 to 18 and for the last 2 years, I've been losing weight and I am now classed as overweight.

So what can be done about this? For the last week, I have been trying to correct my posture. I am walking at least an hour everyday, and when I sit, I make sure my back is as flat and as straight as it can be. If I continue to correct my posture, will my rounded back go away?

You mentioned weight lifting... I have 2 dumbells (5KG each) in my bedroom which I've recently started using for my arms. Can these help correct my shoulders/back? Is there any excerises I can do to correct this problem?

I know left untreated, bad posture could cause other health problems in the future such as breathing difficulities. I dont want that so what can be done?

Thanks [/QUOTE]

Well good for you losing the weight... I would join a gym and go to a personal trainer or maybe your Dr. can send you to a PT program for your back. I would contact your Dr. again and tell him how concerned you are about this problem.

Maybe you can find some workout ideas for back and shoulders on the fitness board on this site. Check it out and good luck to you.

 
Old 08-30-2006, 04:39 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=ny17]Well good for you losing the weight... I would join a gym and go to a personal trainer or maybe your Dr. can send you to a PT program for your back. I would contact your Dr. again and tell him how concerned you are about this problem.

Maybe you can find some workout ideas for back and shoulders on the fitness board on this site. Check it out and good luck to you.[/QUOTE]

Thanks very much for the reply. I have just posted in the exercise and fitness forum, I will see what can be done, if not I will lose a few more stone, then go see my doctor.

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