I do feel better when I lose weight Losing weight is helpful not just for my back but all of my joints in general. I had minimally invasive surgery on my lumbar spine January 29th of this year...do I'm still in the early stages of recovery. I have gained six pounds since the surgery and then lost then again...I'm sure that some of that was from the IV. Right now I'm not allowed to drive for a month or even ride in a car for a month. I'm feeling better than I expected at a little over a week or so. Couldn't get up without a walker at first and now I could probably walk from the master bedroom to the kitchen without the walker but I use it just to be careful. Jamesgirlll
My weight definitely impacts my pain. How it works for me is that when my weight is up it is usually because I am not eating healthy (too much or wrong kinds of food) and I am not usually exercising much, either. That weakens my core strength, which forces my back muscles to bear my weight more, which effects my hips and knees. I also get headaches from my neck being effected by my back. I may not feel the pain directly in my back but I sure do other places! I am strengthening my core muscles now and notice my neck, head, knees and hips hurt less. As I lose weight my knees are better, which makes for less of the reverse pathway of pain as well. I don't know if this helps but it's my experience. Good topic!
I know this may sound strange, but do you do any stretching before you go for a walk? I have to stretch for a good thirty minutes. The best for the legs, in my opinion, is the knee's to chest stretch. I hold that position, one leg at a time, for a good thirty to sixty seconds per leg for ten rep's. The other good stretch is the one where you lie on your side and lift leg up as high as you can, then hold it there for a count of thirty to sixty seconds, it will hurt a little but try to do it, it may help you to walk a little better. John
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I went for a walk today that left me in serous pain, both of my legs went numb and electric too. I had to stop and sit for an hour to get my legs back. I know it was my lumbar that was the cause of this one. I have three herniated discs impinging on the nerve roots. Man, that pain was a pain in the asp,literally. John
Unfortunately or fortunately for me my back issues changed my whole life. I had a herniated disc that ruptured into my spinal column and left me partially paralyzed in both legs. The fortunate part is that I have not experienced any back pain since (it has been 20 years). The unfortunate part is that because of the nerve damage I learned how to walk again but with an incorrect stride which has caused ankle, knee and hip pain. Right now my knees hurt so bad I can not stand it.
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I lost a total of 32 pounds after gaining a few last night,lol. I went for a long walk with the Brother and sisters down the side of a mountain and back up the other side of the mountain. We had to walk a mile and a half when we got to the bottom and walked through the woods to get back to the house. Fortunately I and my brother brought our flashlights or we'd really be sunk. It took us approximately three hours to get back up that monstrosity,but we made and konked out on the couches back at their home ( my sister and brother in laws place. It would be on the top of that darn mountain,now wouldn't it?,lol. John
Although my doctor said that it will, I doubt if losing weight will help my back pain. However, I do believe that regular exercise and stretching helps. Whether I weigh 100 or 400 pounds, the damage to my lower back, can't be corrected without surgery, and I'm not interested in any type of surgery. But I do believe that weight-loss will help the pain from my Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. I have lots of inflammation in my muscles, joints, and tissues due to the MCTD, and I think losing weight will help with the pain in my knees and ankles.
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