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1/28/14 9:38 P

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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!

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12/13/13 9:20 A

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JOCKO56BEER2 - I feel your pain. I have the same issue even on short walks or a quick trip to the store. I wish I had a solution for you. Keep going! If you stop moving, it just gets worse. Good Luck.

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12/5/12 9:08 P

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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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12/5/12 9:03 P

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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

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11/26/12 6:39 A

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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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11/23/12 12:27 P

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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

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10/18/12 6:21 A

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My weight loss has not made any difference with my back issues. I thought that it might help but it didn't.

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10/17/12 10:23 P

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I agree that weight loss exercise/stretching is very good for the back. I am curious who thinks their weight is making their back/pain worse?

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10/16/12 5:41 A

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I do too believe regular excersize and stretching will help the back. Weight loss may help some people, with there back issues. I still think that it is good to get those extra pounds off regardless.

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10/15/12 11:44 P

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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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10/15/12 10:39 P

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I am curious how you each feel your weight has affected your back/pain ?

Have any of you had a Dr tell you that your weight makes it worse or that if you lose weight it will get/feel better?

I know that in general excess weight is not good for our spines. However I am wondering how you feel it directly impacts your injury?

My Dr keeps telling me weight lose will help my spine pain. I think he is wrong. I had (now regained it back!) lost 50 lbs and noticed no difference in my pain levels.

I am not by any means saying therefore there is no sense in losing my weight ;)




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