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JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (17,454)
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1/4/13 4:14 P

Yes, until I get financial aid or money, I will have to go buy some better shoes. Any recommendations on the style that isn't too expensive?

No, I can't afford a physical therapist, they're more expensive than a chiropractor.

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1/4/13 2:14 P

Congrats on deciding to commit to a healthy lifestyle.
I would consult a doctor/Physical Therapist on the chronic pain. No one on here will be able to help you the way a doctor can. I like the idea of finding a good chair. On the same note of ergonomics, make sure your shoes are supportive for your needs. I would go to a specialty store either orthodics or a running store as they know more about how prpoer foot support effects the rest of the body.

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1/4/13 2:02 P

I have had back pain since I was 16. I was much thinner back then and I had a great chiropractor who helped me deal with it. As I got older and moved less, I gained weight - about 80 pounds or so. The weight really does make it worse, and I have had bad nutrition habits all my life. Like you, I tried exercise first.

My back pain improved significantly with weight training until it was almost non-existent. Unfortunately, when I switched jobs, I got a new chair at work. I didn't realize how bad it was until I had a few days off for Christmas and the pain went away again. I bought one of those special cushions for people with back pain, and the pain is now under control.

My current chiropractor told me that chairs and beds cause a lot of our back pain because they create pressure points. It could be your bed, or it could be your car. Have you noticed if the pain is lower when you don't sit in an office chair for a couple of days? When you take a vacation and sleep in a different bed?

Try changing things up one at a time to see if there is any improvement. Good Luck!

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1/4/13 1:50 P

As long as you're consuming less calories than you burn, then you'll lose weight. For me, my body burns between 1500-1600 calories a day, just living, breathing and doing basic life stuff (I have a sedentary job), at least according to SP. The big benefite of exercise, specifically weight training, is that it helps to keep your loss from being too much muscle/lean tissue. When you lose through diet alone, your loss can come not only from fat, but also from muscle, tissue, etc. Another thing I forgot about, mainly because I don't do it, is water workouts. Even just waking in the lap lanes. It's low impact and gentler on the body, but it's still quite a workout. You might also see if yoga helps with your back pain.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/4/2013 (13:50)
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1/4/13 11:48 A

I didn't know that 80% of weight loss is nutrition! Or maybe I forgot that. oops. To answer your question, I have lingering back pain/problems for the rest of my life.

Thank you for your help, Jen.

Edited by: JESSAELINN at: 1/4/2013 (12:14)
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1/4/13 11:36 A

80% of weight loss is nutrition. Set up your trackers here. Start tracking your food. See if you can stay in the ranges SP provides, but don't freak out if it takes you awhile to figure it out. You can lose weight without exercise. I'd look into physical therapy again. Try some strength training, this helps to keep your loss from being too much muscle. If you can, look at core workouts to help strengthen your back. Part of your problem may be having a week core Perhaps if you make it stronger, the pain will ease up. Ease back into exercise. Do it slowly. Start with bodyweight strength exercises (squats, planks, etc.) to get form down and see how it feels on your back. Then slowly add in weight, and don't be afraid to go heavy. Take walks, do cardio, there's even some chair cardio workouts out there that may help you at first. Defintely seek out advice from a professional, though. Do you have a lingering injury that could be fixed, or is the pain just a permanent side effect? I'd definitely start by trying to strengthen my back.

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1/4/13 11:03 A

This is a little long, I know, but if anyone has time to help, I would greatly appreciate it...

I was in an accident 11 years ago in a head-on collision. I was just leaving a light on my green light, turning slightly to turn left as a woman ran her red light, mostly hitting the front right of my car as she traveled at about 45-55. The next day I was in intense pain. I went to physical therapy for about 6 months as the doctor suggested, then I went to chiropractic care, where he treated my injuries very gently and even provided a massaging water table for me to lie on for a little while. During this time I also received massage therapy due to tight muscles. About two years later, I walked everywhere and near the greatest fitness results I've ever had in my life, I eventually was able to ride my bike 36 miles a week, and running 21 miles a week, including various types of ab workouts to support my back, PLUS everything we should be doing to be in shape.

Only one problem I had, which left me exhausted almost everyday. I still had back pain! I take Ibuprofen for it, and sometimes I take an Rx Ibuprofen therapeutically during times when I am in pain that won't cease. Now I've gained the weight back about 75 lbs, due to lack of exercise and poor eating habits. I can tell that the weight makes it harder for my back. In October, when I had medical insurance, the doctor told me my lab results. He said I was inching toward cholesterol and diabetes problems if I didn't change course. Then, it scared me two weeks ago when I stepped on the scale and it read 224.

SO, due to being newly married, having bad body image even around my husband- which is not his fault, it's my own poor habits- And all the other issues involved in my hefty size, I am finally feeling like I can make a commitment to be healthier again. My grandfather basically died of bad cholesterol issues, and both of my parents have diabetes. I need to steer my life away from those health issues. I began exercising this week. But how do I do it with back pain? Last night I couldn't lay on my right side because a muscle right above my butt was too tight and it was painful. I could actually feel the lump of the muscles. I massaged it, got up and stretched and it ceased a little. All I did was walk yesterday, but I sat too often, so I know that that was the culprit. I usually don't sit too much, so this isn't an everyday problem. My problem is that even when I am thin, if I walk, especially if it is a downhill, I will get pain, sometimes shooting down my leg/s.This happened when I was 147, and I especially felt it when I ran at times. I know that running is high impact, so I have decided that running is probably not for me due to the fact that 147 on my 5'3'' frame is actually not a bad weight for running. But I also experience mid and upper back pain, shoulder and neck pain and muscle tightness and burning with pain occasionally going down to my arms and hands. I was going to a chiropractor for a while, but I recently changed jobs due to problems at work. It was a negative place to work, and it ran me down too much, so for my emotional health, I left. Now I work part time and cannot get medical insurance, and do not have enough money to pay for chiropractic care like I really need. It is so upsetting to me, because this back pain gets so intense.

Does anyone have experience on dealing with back pain while trying to become fit and lose weight?

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