Re: Do you have weight issues?
Hello Sorespine and others, I can relate and am overweight. I had lost 80 pounds shortly after all my back pain had come on. I thought, well it must be all the extra weight I was carrying around that was causing my back pain. Well even at a normal weight I was hurting just as bad, if not worse. So over the almost 2 years of trying conservative treatment and not being able to workout like I was, I too have gained a lot of weight back. I am not happy about it either, but know all I have the power over right now is what I put in my mouth. Diet is everything when you can't get up and exercise like ones used to. Walking is the extent of exercise at this point and given the climate I live in and don't have a treadmill, it seems frustrating at the very least. I can relate to you, you aren't alone.
It is a bummer to not be able to eat "sweeties", but don't punish yourself, especially during this hard time with your back. Try to stay positive and do what you can with your diet.
Also, I was told by my doctor before I was even scheduled for surgery that if I was on any diet pills that I would have to stop taking them 6 months in advance before surgery due to the anesthetic worry. Luckily I wasn't, but you might want to keep that in the back of your mind if you are thinking about surgery.
Sorry you are hurting, I hope things work out for ya. Try to stay positive and hang in there.
I hope my thoughts helped you some.
PLIF L3-L4 with titanium cage
(Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion)