Posted 4/9/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)
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.