back problems

dreamer1234
on 4/2/19 11:02 am

i am 6 1/2 months op and have lost 122 lbs already and doing great but i have a history of curvature of the spine especially in my mid back. it seems like since i have had the gastric bypass surgery the pain has gotten alot worse. i use a heating pad as i don't want to take anything for it. has anyone else had this problem and what do you do for it? thanks

Gwen M.
on 4/2/19 1:20 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

I recommend that you talk to your orthopedist and pursue physical therapy. Exercises to strengthen your core should help with the pain.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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H.A.L.A B.
on 4/2/19 1:45 pm

I have a back problem and as I was losing weight, I had days my back hurt more than even before the WLS. Then I realized that as I was losing weight, my body structure was shifting, and my center of gravity was changing. I needed a good few sessions with a chiropractor to help my back aligned as it is supposed to.

Just be careful, some chiropractor, if they are not skilled, or really are familiar with the issues you have, may hurt you ore than the would help you.

If in doubt - look for someone who is highly recommended, someone who, IMO, would not try to sell you long term sessions commitment during the first or even just a few visit, and he/she would not try to push extra supplements and treatments.

Seeing a doc, and going into physical therapy may be a good idea.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

dreamer1234
on 4/2/19 5:16 pm

thanks. i did call my pcp and he did order physical therapy. i should be getting a call from them soon. my pcp does not want me to take a bunch of pain meds and i don't want that either.

Gwen M.
on 4/3/19 12:11 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

Physical therapy is amazing if you do it. :)

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

Pure_Prairie
on 4/7/19 5:53 am
VSG on 01/10/19

Ironically I have been having the same issue. I was also born with a curvature but my parents were afraid a back brace would stigmatize me as a child. I am down almost 50 pounds and off some serious meds, so like you I don't want to fall prey to getting back in that habit. Mine has been about 4 weeks now since it started.

I have been doing yoga for mine and it seems to help but late in the day it returns. I even asked my counselor this week if it could be psychosomatic?!? I think a big part is I am doing WAY more than I was pre - op.

Thanks for the question & thanks to Gwen for her suggestion! Keep us posted I hope the PT helps.

HW: 183 Pre-Op: 171 Post WLS Month 1: 149 Month 2: 141 Month 3: 133

Surgeon's goal: 128 My Goal: 118

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