Weight loss and Chronic pain

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   Posted 4/8/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anyone has lost a lot of weight and THEN began to have chronic pain?

I had Weight loss surgery and lost about 200 lbs, I had pain on and off before but after my wls I hurt much more. My PM doctor says I have laxity in my muscles I think and she sort of explained it like this.... A card table holding a bunch of books (heavy) and the table is really sagging then you remove all the books and the table is still sagging down and weak and not able to just go back to normal.

Does this sound right? Most of my pain being caused by this????????? I do have herniated discs in my lower back but my doc really believes my pain is caused by my body just being all out of whack.

I can't believe that losing all the weight has made me feel so much worse, in so much pain and also so depressed along with complications and surgeries... ugh.... anyone else have a similar experience??
2002 Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Plantar fasciitis, Migraines / Daily Headaches, 2005 Gastric Bypass surgery (200 lb weight loss), 2006 Hernia repair (due to wls), one week later complications and an emergency surgery Bowel obstruction, March 2008 another Hernia repair, chronic back and leg pain all over muscle pain (doctors say it's related to fast weight loss and loss of laxity in muscles etc, Nerve damage / pain in back legs and arms / hands, herniated discs and spinal stenosis in lower back, high blood pressure, anemia, constant throbbing/rushing/heartbeat sound in right ear(doctors have no idea what this is), anxiety and depression most likely related to chronic pain.

Have been on so many different medications! Currently 75mg Fentaynal patch, 600mgs Neurontin 3xday, Immitrex as needed, Avapro, Prozac 80 mgs, percocet for break through pain as needed, Skelaxin as needed, Zanaflex (at night to sleep and muscle Relaxer)

Post Edited (hopelessgirl) : 4/8/2008 10:34:56 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/9/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hope,

The body does strange things, doesn't it? I have no idea if she's right or not, but have you ever asked her about fibromyalgia? Come on over the the fibro forum and do some reading. We have a thread called Fibro 101. Search for and read that and see if you think it applies to you. Fibro is muscle pain all over the body, basically. The muscles scream with pain but nothing's wrong. Often a major even triggers it like a car accident, loss of a loved one or major surgery. Either way I'm glad you've joined us!

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   Posted 4/9/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
hopeless -

I personally had WLS on December 6th, 2007. Since then my already bad back problems have gotten worse. I'm down almost 100 pounds since the surgery. Pre-surgery I was told by my surgeon that my weight loss would be slower than most due to the back problems and medications that I was taking. So far, I've very much exceeded his goals for me.

Going in to surgery had back problems - my L4-L5-S1 area was ruptured and then fused later. Since the surgery I have noticed pain in my knees, and managed some how to make another disc start bulging and caused another disc to shrink. This is all part of the degenerative disc disease fun. When my pain started getting much worse - quickly about a month post-op I called my surgery coordinator to find out if I was missing any vitamins, or how it could be a result of the surgery. The answer I was given was this:

Consider the amount of fat that was there on your body. Depending on how long you had been at a certain weight as well. Your body was very used to the weight, was very used to the way you walked, sat, stood, slept, etc at that weight. For some people fat is even a cushion between bone, between areas of nerves and such. I had been 284 pounds for nearly 10 years, and then 240 before my back injury. My body was comfortable (with itself) at that weight. Different things had moved, and changed, and develop around those high weights and the fat cushions. Then, I started taking the weight and cushioning away. Think of sitting on a cushion of air between you and the seat. The more air (fat) that disappears, the closer your body comes to sitting on the wood, and if things are sore to start with, and the padding is gone, it's just going to get worse.

I hope that helps. I will tell you that I would do the surgery again in a heart beat - even with the added pain. If I have managed to hurt two more discs since surgery - I can only imagine what shape they would be in if I had all the other weight still bearing down on them. I am sleeping better than ever - and am trying to beat the heart problems, diabetes, and other problems running rampant through my family tree.

Good luck!
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Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)

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