Hi to everyone here
Just wanted to introduce myself first. I've had lower back pain on and off for about 8 years now and sciatica type pain for the past year. I've tried many things to reduce the pain. In my "pain management toolbox", I use (in addition to analgesia) a TENS machine, physiotherapy exercises, heat and ice therapy and relaxation exercises. These have a greater or lesser effect at different times. I've recently taken steps to reduce my weight and successfully lost 11 lbs. I think there has been a slight improvement in pain level and I think it helps that I am eating healthier food as more energy means I can keep a better posture etc.
Why I am posting is because I was wondering where the cut off point is? What is the ideal BMI or weight to help with spinal pain? Is there one? It seems that a BMI of 19-25 is recommended but is 19 better than 25 or vice versa? Are there advantages to being underweight? If anyone has any insight I'd be very grateful.