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Losing weight with sciatica



  • Hlo everyone m 22 yrs old male and had 2 epidural steroid injection as i have been suffering from sciatica since 1 year. Now its much easier for me to move around. I walk daily 2 km. I am able to exercise. 

    Besides all these one thing i can't do is to loose weight. I am 5'11 weighing about 92 kgs and yes its 10 to 15 kg more. Since i can't do any cardio, or any other vigorous exercise to loose weight m frustrated. I have no idea how to loose weight..... Plz any help wud be really appriciated
  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 704
    At 5'11/92kg how much do you intend to lose? Are you hoping to lose weight or get rid of the sciatica? Last question....once the steroid wears off what then? 
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  • DayCrowDDayCrow North CarolinaPosts: 12

    sandi said:

    or opiate based medications. there are nerve pain medications that are far more effective than using opiates, physical therapy, topical creams and ointments available in any pharmacy or major grocery chain, ice, heat , heating pads and patches, massage, accupuncture, tens units.......and there are others as well.


    honestly, even medications specifically designed for nerve pain don't help. i was in a car crash and since have had extreme sciatica in my left leg and am on long acting gabapentin and nucenta and still no relief. however, acupuncture and diagnostic ultrasound work wonders. as far as losing weight, i've always been an athlete before my accident so between a bunch of farm work and riding up to 8 horses a day, i ate about 3000 calories a day but was a very normal weight for my height and all muscle. now that i've lost all my muscle, i've had to really cut my calories. cutting gluten, artificial sweeteners, and refined sugars from your diet not only cuts your daily calorie intake to a fraction of what it was, but also slows the inflammatory response in the body, which is helpful for nerve healing and pain. as far as exercise, there are core exercises you can do while lying down or sitting that don't even require being able to stand up. hope this helps!

  • MarWin said:

    At 5'11/92kg how much do you intend to lose? Are you hoping to lose weight or get rid of the sciatica? Last question....once the steroid wears off what then? 

    The steriod effect doesn't last...i hv got my third injection too 2 weeks ago and... 70 to 80% improvement. I hv seen and met ppl with 5 yrs and still no pain after having epidurals...

    And i intend to loose about 10 kgs

  • smartens162smartens162 Manitoba, CanadaPosts: 451
    I was at my healthiest adult weight ever when I severely herniated L5-S1 (nothing I did, it was just a long time coming!), and being in excruciating pain 24/7, it was very difficult to keep my focus on 'eat less, move more'.  I moved very little, ate a lot out of frustration and pain.  The medication has hard on my tummy so I ate to ease the ache.  I was prescribed gabapentin, which is notorious for weight gain.  I regained 27 lbs of the 37 I had lost just prior to my injury!  Fast-forward through surgery and recovery, getting off of prescription meds :) a re-herniation almost a year post-op  :'( and I am very slowly back to losing, like 10 lbs in 6 months.  I'm still dealing with pain, but trying not to ease it with food.  For the most part, as long as calories in (what you eat/drink) are less than calories out (exercise), you should lose weight.  There are wonderful calorie-counting sites that help you to keep track, works well for me.  It's hard enough to lose weight when everything's working the way it should; you add pain management to the mix and the struggle gets a little harder.  But it can be done, all the best of luck to you!
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