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sugarlemonpiesugarlemonpie Posts: 304Member Member Posts: 304Member Member
Kind of a different spin on my weight loss success story...

Over a year ago, I decided to become healthier. I had been disagnosed with severe asthma, and knew I needed to make some changes to improve my breathing and overall health in other areas, too. This year, for the first time in my life, I have gone to the doctor and not heard "you should lose weight". I feel I am also finally able to get real answers, instead of doctors just telling me it is because of my weight, or writing my symptoms off and not taking me seriously.

For example, now I know I have endometriosis, instead of just 'heavy periods and bad cramps', as the doctors have always said. And, of course "if you lose weight, it will help" - liars! The symptoms are as bad as ever. It just helped me be taken seriously.

I have lost over 60lbs, but no longer feel I am living in the darkness about my pain!

Has anyone else experienced anything like this with your weight loss?

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  • Tisa76Tisa76 Posts: 86Member Member Posts: 86Member Member
    Sadly, what you experienced happens more often than maybe people want to admit. I have experienced very similar treatment. It's gotten to the point where I will over-exaggerate my symptoms in order for the doctor to actually run blood work or tests instead of chalking up my symptoms to me just being overweight. Yes, being overweight contributes to many things but that doesn't mean there isn't something else medically wrong with you that has nothing to do with it.
  • ginacrginacr Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I’m so frustrated with pain in my spine and coccyx area since losing 45 lbs. the pain has increased from March until now -Sept I have been to a chiropractor, my family dr, and orthopedic and trey have done everything to find the source of my pain. It’s so bad sitting sometimes I just can’t. I sit on ice packs at home. I use a donut pillow when appropriate. I’m only 48 so I’m too young for this!!!! Anyone else???
  • smithker75smithker75 Posts: 26Member Member Posts: 26Member Member
    ginacr wrote: »
    I’m so frustrated with pain in my spine and coccyx area since losing 45 lbs. the pain has increased from March until now -Sept I have been to a chiropractor, my family dr, and orthopedic and trey have done everything to find the source of my pain. It’s so bad sitting sometimes I just can’t. I sit on ice packs at home. I use a donut pillow when appropriate. I’m only 48 so I’m too young for this!!!! Anyone else???

    My husband lost around 20kg (44 lbs) a few years ago. He developed coccyx pain, much like you describe. Because he flies frequently for work, the pain was very problematic. He was referred to an exercise physiologist who designed a program of exercises designed to build his glutes. Much of his pain was due to those muscles being underdeveloped. He still continues to include these exercises in his regime and it has worked wonders. I hope you can find a solution...it's debilitating pain.

    @sugarlemonpie I was 'only' around 40 lbs overweight and have had the same doctor for many years, before and during my weightloss, so I was lucky. It would be incredibly frustrating to have to not be taken seriously or properly assessed. Well done on your weightloss and I hope your asthma improves. I know mine has since I lost weight and improved my fitness.
    edited September 9
  • saresimsr36saresimsr36 Posts: 110Member Member Posts: 110Member Member
    I quit going to the doctor entirely.
  • MadDogManorMadDogManor Posts: 741Member Member Posts: 741Member Member
    I quit going to the doctor entirely.

    Me too. It’s a waste of time and money
  • TerythaTerytha Posts: 901Member, Premium Member Posts: 901Member, Premium Member
    ginacr wrote: »
    I’m so frustrated with pain in my spine and coccyx area since losing 45 lbs. the pain has increased from March until now -Sept I have been to a chiropractor, my family dr, and orthopedic and trey have done everything to find the source of my pain. It’s so bad sitting sometimes I just can’t. I sit on ice packs at home. I use a donut pillow when appropriate. I’m only 48 so I’m too young for this!!!! Anyone else???

    Me! Is this a thing? I thought it would get better as I lost weight but it kept getting worse. After 2 hours sitting in a stadium I almost couldn't walk.

    Has been a bit better lately since going to the gym so it probably is just weak glutes. A physiotherapist will be more help than a doctor or chiropractor.
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