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    Old 03-30-2008, 10:23 PM   #1
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    Lumbar Back Problem - Losing Weight?

    Hello everybody!

    I'm a 31 year old male who has had back problems since my teenage years. I was diagnosed at 17 with a mild case of lumbar levoscoliosis. I'm a tall guy - about 6'5" and my weight has gone as high as 320 and as low as 260 (current weight).

    I've been losing weight steadily for the last few months and have actually had an INCREASE in lower back pain due to weight loss. I had a CT done in April of 2007 for an unrelated illness, and all that came back on the scan was degeneration in L5-S1 region - totally unrelated to the purpose of the CT.

    I see a chiropractor and massage therapist regularly ... what I want to know is, could my relatively fast weight loss actually increase the pain that I'm having. Since I've started losing I've had this tingling in my upper right thoracic region and I've been getting headaches. My chiro says that my cervical spine is now out of alignment also.

    Anybody experience this? Advice? I've always heard that losing weight helps a lower back issue ...


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    Old 03-31-2008, 04:18 AM   #2
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    Re: Lumbar Back Problem - Losing Weight?

    Hi! I had a similar problem that all the doctors shake their head at. I lost 30 lbs, was feeling great about myself and all of the sudden out of nowhere my back started hurting and has hurt every day since.

    No doctor can explain this but it supposedly had nothing to do with my weight loss. Bad timing they say.Telling docs about the weight loss only confused them more and I quit talking about it eventually. Im not about to put the weight back on to see if that helps.

    Is it possible that you are more active since the weight loss? Maybe the additional exercise is causing stress on the back?

    I would suggest getting to a spine specialist and having more testing done.

    Hope you feel better!

    Old 03-31-2008, 09:11 AM   #3
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    Re: Lumbar Back Problem - Losing Weight?

    I started having back problems when I was losing weight but that was due to the use of a treadmill. My back problems are 2 herniated discs--L4/L5,L5/S1 and I had an annular tear. I had two left ankle surgeries about 5 years ago and when I started using my treadmill about two years ago, I started having the back pain (also left side). I also see a Chiropractor. Sometimes when I have a flair up (after doing something I shouldn't), I may have to see him a couple of times a week. Otherwise I see him once a month. He has forbidden me to use my treadmill, but I love to run on it! Obviously I will listen to him. Hopefully, I'll get permission to use it again. Maybe you should look at your exercise routine. Is there something in your routine that is making your back more painful? Good luck to you. I hope you're feeling better soon.

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