Hiya guys nice to meet you all I'm new here just signed up. I am creating this topic because of two health problems, one of which I'm trying to find out if its related to my back problem. Just a little side info before I explain the problems. I have always been a very active person during my teens and 20s and was out every day walking. I went to a gym 4 nights a week, and played 5 a side football one day a week. Then around 5 years ago (I was 29 at the time) I lost my job and stopped exercising completely. I started eating more, going out less and less, and gradually gained weight. I am only 5ft7 which isn't tall as you know but I was 10-11 stone then (around 30- 32 waist) which was about right for me. I am now 14 stone tho which is classed as BMI 31 and obese. I know I am overweight and I feel it and know I look it, and know people have noticed, even though they are polite and don't say anything. I'm hoping that the following issues are just simply related to my weight gain and can be fixed through diet and exercise...but a part of me fears that I will just have to accept things are here to stay because of ageing, I mean do all normal weight pensioners have feet pain for example? just like I had to accept the thinning of my head hair at 30 I fear I may have to accept some things cannot be fixed, only managed and it will never be the same as it was
Ok on to the problems...
1) LOWER BACK PAIN. This is a problem that I have had for much of my life. Basically ANY sort of movement I do usually causes back pain which can make it extremely difficult to stay active. The pain is at its worst if I attempt to do situps, and I also need my legs pinned down to even be able to do one sit up or they fling up in the air but I guess that's another topic. For example I'll feel pain in my stomach when doing sit ups, or pain in my biceps when doing curls...but that pain is not painful enough to stop me...and it feels like a "normal" pain if you understand that, the type of pain that gives an ache the following morning. The back pain is a severe ache that is just always there during any of those exercises and doesn't feel like exercise pain if you understand that. I saw a specialist a few years back and was given an MRI scan and the diagnosis was something like spondylitis or something if I remember correctly. Basically he said that scan showed dark areas in the discs between the spinal cord, and that the fluid is supposed to be there to act as a cushion. He said this was just caused due to general wear and tear over the years through aging and having an active lifestyle. He said there was nothing I could do about it because the lost fluid can never be retained, and millions of people all over the world get this and I just have to live with it, and use pain killers as necessary. There was no trauma or injury I can recall in my childhood. It kind of started during puberty and has plagued me all through my life in various degrees of severity. However, recently its coming on a lot more frequently, taking longer to go away, and more painful. Taking Ibuprofen for example would make some difference but now they appear to not do anything but I still take them hoping/thinking they will. Maybe they never did and it was just a placebo who knows. I'm looking for some sort of secondary opinions now since Ibuprofen seems to do nothing and It's just getting worse.
2) FEET PAIN. This is something that has only developed in the last 5 years but has been getting progressively worse in that time and causes me a lot of physical pain and anxiety. I have excruciating pain in the underside and back of the fatty ball of my foot around the heel after walking, running, or even just standing on my feet in the same spot (I play piano and sometimes cannot always be sat down). sometimes I get all these symptoms after only 5 mins...other days I can walk around for hours before I feel it. The other day I bought some heel cushions from Scholl and put them inside my shoes and while it did make both of my heels feel a lot better, the whole front/bottom side of my feet started hurting and later I saw I had got a blister on both feet at the front/bottom in the fatty pads just underneath the toes. I think maybe I need something like the heel one but that is a whole insole and covers all of my foot? I only seem to get blisters on my heel if I wear shoes that come up over the back of the heel. After a little research on google it would appear that through aging you lose the fatty pads that cushion your feet and once theyre gone there is not much you can do to alleviate the pain other than medication...this sounds like a very similar condition to the back pain diagnosis imo
3) LOWER LEG PAIN. Again something that only developed in the last 5 years or so. Basically any running or walking I do (particularly running) I get a dull ache in my shins and calves on both legs. They feel very tight and lethargic/tired immediately after putting pressure on my feet/legs and it doesn't seem to ease up. As silly as this may sound it almost feels like some rusted chain that needs oiling.
4) BREATHLESSNESS AND LOWER BACK PAIN WHEN RUNNING. I've only noticed this in the last week or so as have actually been trying to do some proper exercise. I tried running a few days ago and after less than 30 seconds I was gasping for air so stopped. Like I said earlier for the last 5 years I haven't done any exercise whatsoever and had an awful diet so I guess it could have been present but I wouldn't have known. I don't really get any of these symptoms when walking but when running I get them both immediately. I find running so incredibly difficult now and get pain in my legs, feet, and breathlessness from doing it.
Recently I have changed my diet and exercise in an attempt to salvage whatever I can as soon as possible. I have included fresh fruit/veg, high protein, high fibre, low carbs, low dairy, and been making an effort to spend 30 mins a day doing reps of squats, planks, and press-ups every time I get up to do something like make a cup of tea. I joined a weight-watchers type group the other day with several other people there and got a big fat reality check. which involved a lot more than a few sets of squats, planks, press-ups a day, and honestly was knackered after the 10 min warm-up cardio. I haven't lost any weight yet tho just maintained. This is slightly disappointing considering I am eating uber healthy foods and doing 30 planks/squats/pressups, a little walking each day VS all crap sugary/fat/carb foods and sitting down for 10 hours a day just watching television. Maybe the key is running...which is the devil atm