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?
1/1/2013- 95 pounds to lose... wow
9/24/13- 41 pounds to go! Halfway there!
| Pounds lost: 47.0