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   Posted 3/13/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
so I suffered a back injury from lifting 3 months ago.
im also real thin around 110 pounds. 5 11. Yes very thin.

i also have osteoporosis of my lower spine and right hip. Im still using a lower lumbar Belt and walker occasionally to help walk. Even though my back is a lot better. Im walking in food stores with just a cart now, up and down stairs.. but still MENTALLY need support i think to walk.

my question is.. If i naturally put on 10-15 pounds.. Will my body naturally be able to always support itself?

Like I can't just collapse right?

The reason i ask is because i first got this injury when i was going to physical therapy. I stepped up the curb and got this Weird Sciatic nerve pain that sent me to my knees and took my breath away.. Very scary.. that was back in december. Def. 100% better.

But hopefully if this MTX works.. I want to get up to a normal weight.
Hoping i can naturally support my body.

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   Posted 3/13/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my debilitated,

Sorry to hear your worries. I wouldn't be concerned at all if you were to put on 10-15lbs.. You are already so thin right now and maybe you feel weaker because you are so underweight. Maybe if you did gain a little weight you'd feel stronger and would be confident about being able to support yourself.

I think the only reason you could collapse is if you are too under muscled or just don't have enough nourishment in you to have enough energy to walk.

You might try doing some very easy strength and muscle building excersises for your arms and legs.. I'd do them while sitting if you are uncomfortable standing for too long. That plus gaining a few pounds might help you to feel better about getting around.. Plus you need protein to build up muscles so if you could do a protein intake like meat (chicken or fish) or a protein drink, that would be helpful too :)

I hope this helps.. :)
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   Posted 3/13/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I've gained 16 pounds (hurray!) in the last year, and all seems well :-). I went from 90 to 106. However, once when I was on prednisone and got up to 115, I had a heck of a time going from kneeling to standing. My legs/knees didn't seem to appreciate the extra weight.

Good luck, I hope you pack on a few pounds!
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   Posted 3/13/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
debilitated, please don't take offense to this quetion, but are you thin because of cd? or do you have eating issues, i.e. anorexia or bulimia? i to am thin do to my cd and I was a horse jockey for so long that it is ingrained in me to be thin, I use to purge 2-3 times daily in order to maintain my weight. so now when I look at myself in the mirror if i see any excess fat i do not like what I see. when I rode race horses I had to be with in 1 or 2 oz. from my riding weight every day. if you are thin because of cd i too understand that as well, at my sickest i went from 108 riding weight down to 74lb's. i don't mean to offend you in any way

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   Posted 3/13/2010 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
although i am not a medical doctor, in my professional opinion - yes! you will be fine. at 5'11" you are grossly underweight. even with osteoporosis you will be fine. the trick though is to put on muscle, which i believe is what you mean by natural weight. you do this by eating more and exercise. since you hurt your back, get some good exercises from the physical therapists you are/were seeing. lower back is key (dead lifting is great for this). the key to diet is to not eat junk food and empty calories and to eat just to put on weight. it will come naturally with a good diet, but you do need to eat more calories.
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   Posted 3/13/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Artist, No I love food. My Crohn's Disease has got me to this level. Malabsorption, diarrhea. Pain

artist guy
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   Posted 3/13/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
yes that is mine main one as well, I have had 9ft of small bowel cut away, so I get super dehydrated as well as mal, so i know how you feel, i just get a little concerned i've seen anorexic people and I've been around bulimics, I do drink electrolyte packets of powder in everything, theirs one at trader joes that isn't sweet, kinda mineral taste but I really like it, makes drinking regular water a little boring. take care

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   Posted 3/14/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Weight would go on slowly, so your body would slowly adjust...

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   Posted 3/14/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Dunny!
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   Posted 3/14/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Empowered (yes that is you debilitated),
I broke some verts (in addition to other bones) when I was in the service and ended up doubling my body weight, so I think you will be ok. Just fyi spontanious fractures usually occur after 30+ years of malabsorbion of Ca. This was something I was also concerned about after being dx with the osto issues, but I did the research and it is a pretty clear timeline of about 30 years (not that there are not exceptions, but you have your youth working for you).
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   Posted 3/14/2010 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Always something positive from you Navy. Makes me feel a lot better. Thanks. I hope i put a few pounds on with this MTX.
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