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This may be a longshot, but I thought I'd ask anyway... I'm down 49.5lb as of yesterday morning. I've noticed in the last few weeks, I've been sitting with my legs crossed a lot more often - because it's comfortable, and I finally can! - but I've also been enduring increasingly worse hip and back pain. It got really bad this past weekend and is now to the point that I can't sleep (kept me up all last night). Motrin/Advil, heating pad, and doing stretches hasn't helped. It also seems to be worse on my left side than the right. Just curious if this is something any of you have encountered as you've lost weight and maybe sit/lay in positions you didn't before. Last night it was so bad, I nearly went to the ER in the middle of the night. 😖

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1 minute ago, MsMocie said:

Is it pain when sitting or touching it etc?
That is usually from you loosing frosting on your body, and now you are sitting on your muscles 😁

Please explain a little more

With my hips, it's deep joint pain. Doesn't hurt when touched, but does hurt when I sit, lay, stand or walk - pretty much hurts nonstop, but is worse when laying down. It also wraps around to my low back.

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My hips also hurt at night now. My hip bones are actually visible.

Pain generally got better as I lost weight but I knew it was only a temporary reprieve as 20 years of carrying several hundred pounds extra took it's toll on my body. I had about 5 good years before my knees said no more.

I'm still in far better shape than I was 18 years ago. I'll take the pain (with narcotics).

Tek

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10 minutes ago, The Greater Fool said:

My hips also hurt at night now. My hip bones are actually visible.

Pain generally got better as I lost weight but I knew it was only a temporary reprieve as 20 years of carrying several hundred pounds extra took it's toll on my body. I had about 5 good years before my knees said no more.

I'm still in far better shape than I was 18 years ago. I'll take the pain (with narcotics).

Tek

We have hereditary back issues/arthritis in my family (all the women on my mom's side) so I've had back problems for years, but this hip pain is new and is almost crippling. I already know a call to my dr. will be unproductive as he won't prescribe pain meds. He'll likely refer me to a specialist, who will in turn prescribe PT. Once I go thru all that, the specialist MIGHT prescribe pain meds, but I doubt it. I can't spend all that time going thru the motions...this pain is AWFUL. I need relief sooner, but I wanted to rule out/in that it could be due to weight loss and the way I'm now sitting. Just trying to figure out if this is a common issue after losing weight.

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Yep me too. I had the annoying hip and lower back pain for the first few months post surgery. It hurt when I sat/laid down/stood/whenever. I read (and was told) it was because my bones/musculature had long ago adapted to carry the large amount of weight I had, and during rapid weight loss phase, the body was not quite as quick to adjust...hence the pain.

Heat application and exercise were my friends.

If I recall correctly, the pain went away around 4-5 months post-op (though your mileage will vary depending on how much weight was lost and how long you were at that higher weight).

P.S. on the flip side of things, my knees, upper back and foot pain went away in the same period!

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4 hours ago, LAJ23 said:

We have hereditary back issues/arthritis in my family (all the women on my mom's side) so I've had back problems for years, but this hip pain is new and is almost crippling. I already know a call to my dr. will be unproductive as he won't prescribe pain meds. He'll likely refer me to a specialist, who will in turn prescribe PT. Once I go thru all that, the specialist MIGHT prescribe pain meds, but I doubt it. I can't spend all that time going thru the motions...this pain is AWFUL. I need relief sooner, but I wanted to rule out/in that it could be due to weight loss and the way I'm now sitting. Just trying to figure out if this is a common issue after losing weight.

If you're in pain, get the referrals and do what they ask, and maintain that your pain levels are problematic. AZ is one of the worst states for narcotics, but go through the steps and they can and will help... eventually. They will take imaging which will show issues, and PT only goes so far.

BTW, I do PT every week. Basically a message with wet heat after. It doesn't help, but it feels good.

Just like WLS, there are steps to follow, tests to be done.

good luck,

Tek

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On 10/13/2020 at 9:38 AM, LAJ23 said:

We have hereditary back issues/arthritis in my family (all the women on my mom's side) so I've had back problems for years, but this hip pain is new and is almost crippling. I already know a call to my dr. will be unproductive as he won't prescribe pain meds. He'll likely refer me to a specialist, who will in turn prescribe PT. Once I go thru all that, the specialist MIGHT prescribe pain meds, but I doubt it. I can't spend all that time going thru the motions...this pain is AWFUL. I need relief sooner, but I wanted to rule out/in that it could be due to weight loss and the way I'm now sitting. Just trying to figure out if this is a common issue after losing weight.

I have started having horrible hip and back pain as well. For me, I think my problem is not being able to exercise and stretch like I did pre surgery. I’m only 1 week post op so I can’t exercise yet but if you can I highly recommend doing a little yoga. It will hurt at first but it helps so much!

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On 10/13/2020 at 4:09 AM, LAJ23 said:

This may be a longshot, but I thought I'd ask anyway... I'm down 49.5lb as of yesterday morning. I've noticed in the last few weeks, I've been sitting with my legs crossed a lot more often - because it's comfortable, and I finally can! - but I've also been enduring increasingly worse hip and back pain. It got really bad this past weekend and is now to the point that I can't sleep (kept me up all last night). Motrin/Advil, heating pad, and doing stretches hasn't helped. It also seems to be worse on my left side than the right. Just curious if this is something any of you have encountered as you've lost weight and maybe sit/lay in positions you didn't before. Last night it was so bad, I nearly went to the ER in the middle of the night. 😖

I had a ct before op and was fine but post my ct showed mild degenerative changes in thorac and hips 💁🏼‍♀️. I also lost about fifty first month and some more in the second month. Regular back xrays didnt show anything it showed on scans done for my belly. However i do not have an increase in pain like you guys. Just thought it was interesting 🤔

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