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11/28/20 9:02 A

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Excessive weight can put stress on joints and promote the cartilage damage that often leads to osteoarhritis. Every pound of excess weight adds four pounds of pressure on the knees.

When you walk across level ground, the force on your knees is the equivalent of 1 times your body weight. That means a 200-pound man will put 300 pounds of pressure on his knees with each step. Add an incline, and the pressure is even greater: the force on each knee is two to three times your body weight when you go up and down stairs, and four to five times your body weight when you squat to tie a shoelace or pick up an item you dropped.

This was taken from Harvard Health Medical

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11/8/20 8:09 A

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I definately believe that losing weight will help in my recovery from upcoming surgeries.

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AS YOU THINK, SO IT WILL BE.


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1/2/19 8:13 P

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I feel that if I can lose weight, my back and other joint pain will lesson. When I weighed less in the past my back did not hurt near as bad. I have spoken with a chiropractor who has stated that there is not much he can do for the current damage, all he can do is help stop it from progressing further.

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10/27/18 9:12 P

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My weight affects me adversely. I am 100 lbs. overweight. I have carried this weight my entire adult life. I have multiple back and joint issues. For some reason I always sabotage myself when I lose about 15 lbs. I just don't stay focused.

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10/26/18 10:10 P

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Weight is important, but it needs to be a healthy one for your height.

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7/19/18 11:10 P

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For me, my weight may end up killing me as I have a slipping disk. I had lost weight once over 20 years ago and i let my family brainwash me into believing i was anorexic (I wasn't, it took 2 years to lose 20 lbs), they felt I was because I was close to the weight I needed to be and much skinnier than most of them. I had went from 145 to 121 lbs in the mid 90's.

I am now over 170 lbs. I really need to get down to 85 lbs thanks to my back.

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3/22/17 2:27 P

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Hope you are doing well...I have had three(3) surgeries on my spine...so stay healthy and do what you have to do...

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2/20/17 1:08 A

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Some people try to lose their weight my skipping the meals. I think this will make the condition much worse. If we are doing regular exercises with a controlled diet, losing the weight is so easy.

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2/8/16 4:50 A

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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.
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2/4/16 4:36 P

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Well Dr told me for every pound its like 12lbs on my spine.

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Definitely makes things worse.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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