I still have pain, but less than I used to since losing weight.

I’ve had two neck operations for herniated cervical discs.  Lifting and weather changes make it worse.

Indeed, obese people are more likely to have pain as others.  Hips, knees, backs, shoulders… the list goes on and on:

Appearing this month in the journal Obesity, the study found that overweight people reported 20 per cent higher rates of pain than “normal” weight, and the higher the body weight, the greater the pain.

The obese group reported 68 per cent higher rates of pain; those with extreme, or “class III obesity” — meaning a body mass index of 40 or more, one of the fastest-growing weight classes in Canada — reported 254 per cent more pain.

“People who are obese are considerably more prone to having daily pain,” the authors write — and the association held after the team controlled for back, neck or other painful conditions.

However, a number of things have helped me limit the pain:

  1. Eating foods that help reduce inflammation.  Fish  and fish oil supplements, lots of veggies, limiting simple (white) carbs help.
  2. Core strengthening and stretching.  I do Pilates for this; others like yoga.  It helps improve my bad posture.
  3. I try to limit the drugs (tylenol = acetaminophen; aleve=naprosyn).  Like the old man I’m becoming, I often smell like BenGay 🙂  But those menthol patched really do help my neck and shoulder pain.

For many people, the idea od losing weight to reduce cholesterol or blood pressure is an abstract thought.  Reducing pain by losing weight is a tangible benefit!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

One Comment:

  1. http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2012/08/fat-cells-factories-inflammation.html

    It turns out that eating whole grains, cold-water fish, vegetables, nuts and fruit are considered by many experts to be “anti-inflammation” diets. While these real foods may help soothe the inflammatory system—perhaps by reducing fat cells—man-made processed food drives fat storage. The white things, like potatoes, donuts and pasta, feed and grow the hotbeds of inflammation—the fat cells.

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