Back/hip pain after losing weight?
As I am losing my protective layer (lol, what am i a seal?) I have noticed some aches and pains. I had lower back pain worse than before surgery for the first 2 months after surgery after losing 45lbs. It seems to have subsided now and I havent felt any for about a month.
I also have these weird sensations which I think I am realizing is feeling the movement or structure of my actual hip and ribs. I didnt seem to "feel" them when I had 60lbs of insulation.
Just something to think about. Hope your back pain subsides or doesnt return as you shrink!
HW: 258lbs SW: 240 CW: 140 I am 5 foot 7 and 30 years old
VSG 12/21/10 Plastics: Tummy tuck, breast lift, and augmentation 11/3/11
Soon to be veterinarian!! xoxo
on 3/27/11 6:12 am
Several weeks after surgery, I sought out the assistance of a Chiropractor and Orthopedist. I am feeling soooo much better.
on 7/15/12 3:52 am
on 11/17/13 12:18 pm
I have severe mid back pain everyday for most of the day. At my peak i weighed 357 lbs. when i got serious about the surgery, i underwent a weight loss program and got down to 285-290 lbs. i had the surgery in 2010 and am now at 196 lbs...which would make me ecstatic if it weren't for all of the daily pain. I have gone through everything from physical therapy to having an MRI. Physically, the doctors say all is well. Just as i was about to wave the B.S. flag, they gave me an explanation that seems to make sense. Before we gained our weight, our abs and back muscles had fairly even weight loads they had to fight against to keep us walking upright. As our fronts started getting heavier from lack of exercise and bad eating habits our abs started getting weaker and our back muscles had to start working harder to keep us from falling on our faces. As you can guess, the weaker our abs got, the stronger our back muscles got.
Fast forward to a much healthier weight... now there is less weight in the front for the back muscles to have to pull against. Depending on how heavy you were at your peak and for how long you were there, you could have the back muscles of Superman and the abs of Pee Wee Herman. Now, your back muscles (which are used to pulling much heavier loads) are pulling too hard, and your abs (which aren't used....well, at all) aren't pulling hard enough. Basically, your back is in a constant state of contraction, which for ladies who have had children know really sucks!
So, the treatment is strengthening your core so that it can take some of the strain off of your back. This way they are pulling more evenly, which hopefully means less back pain. I haven't quite got there yet, so i don't know how true this is. Even though i do my core exercises and stretches, i have a very physically demanding job. I could work my abs for an hour a day, but i work out my back for 10 hours a day at work, so it feels like i may never get there. Pain medication and a positive attitude go a loooooooong way. Oh, and a nice hot bath doesn't hurt either.
I hope this may have shed some light and possibly helped someone.
Keep up the good work. You only have one life, so anything you can do to lengthen it is a step in the right direction!
on 12/27/13 4:59 am