Since i hurt my back in 1989, various times i have been told to lose weight and my back would not hurt. when i first hurt my back i was 36 and in pretty good physical shape. during what i call the "dark times" this was a time during which i didnt get out of bed, shower, leave the house in other words i was so depressed for at least two years after i became totally disabled, i gained a lot of weight. since i didnt leave the house except to visit my dr.
i didnt exercise, i ate alot of fast food and junk food. i was told many times by various drs to lose weight, one neurosurgeon told me to lose weight and swim and i would be fine. i began my adult world at 5'9 weighing anywhere between 140 give or take. at my worse i have weighed 218 lbs. in the last 4 years i am again mentally stable most days i feel as good as i am ever going to, pain wise at 7-8, worse days 9-10. i accept and know this is the life i have and as long as i still wake up every morning, i am doing good. by now my height is 5'6. i only found this out last summer when i had surgery to install my unit, and part of pre-surgical was height, weight etc. i could no believe i had lost 3 inches, i have alway been taller than my daughters but not anymore. i have adjusted to that (what choice do i have) i also am working hard at maintaining my weight, i am 198 now and have a ways to go but i know i wont be 140 ever again and thats ok. my daughter is on "points plus" weight watchers and now there is no junk food in the house it makes it easier. i do miss my chocolate though. i treat myself every now and then, i mean you have to.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.