That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could answer your Medifast question..
WOOHOOOOOO!!! That's fantastic news!! I'm hoping once I've dropped off some of my weight my back will stop being in pain as well. Way to go..
Congratulations on no surgery!.
I had a fall in my 20's that led, unbeknownst to Dr or myself, the total disintegration of the disc at l4-l5. The body, in trying to protect itself, caused a cyst to grow, for years between the two vertebre, hence I had no discomfort for years. A little over 2 years ago I started with pain down my leg, to the point my Dh had to lift me out of bed ecah morning to get me up and going. When they discovered the cyst, it had grown up inside my spinal column, pinching everything in it's way, including the spinal cord. Surgery is always a last option my neurosurgeon said, but that I was a year or more past that last option. when he got inside, the cyst had gone much further up than he thought, so he had to make a second incision.
Totally pain free, and finally released to resume all normal exercise,,except sit ups,,,which never again..
Anyway, I am glad you can avoid the surgery, but mine has been such a success, that I thought I would share..
I am a hairstylist/salon owner, and I resumed full work after only 4 weeks. It was so nice to be pain free!!..
How awesome is this!!!.
Congratulations shay13 - anytime you can avoid being operated on is a major life victory! My hat is off to you!.
Keep up the great work!..
So happy for you. I cant imagine anything better than what happened to you today!.
Whoop Whoop Whoop!!!!..
Wow, schu, didn't realize you had been through all that. Now you've inspired me even more than before!.
To the OP: I'm so happy to hear you are feeling so much better. I, too, had some pinched nerve issues a while back and so I understand how devastating and debilitating it can be..
So happy for you! (Welcome to Miracle MF!)..
Thank goodness Schu that yours was a success. Back pain is so crippling. Who needs sit ups anyway????????..
Shay13 - Congratulations that the nerve is unpinched. That is wonderful!.
I have a question though. I've been suffering w/pain in back and right leg for years now. I went to a chiropractor for 3 months 3-4 days/wk and it did not help. He said I had a grade 1 to 2 spondylosis and that my L5 is hanging off the next vertebrae. Although they have never said it is a pinched nerve that is causing the pain they haven't said it is not either. I am always in pain when I walk (which has helped add on another 70 lbs to an already overweight body).
I would love to be able to bend and move and lift my legs up again..
Some days it hurt so bad all I could do was cry. My chiroprator said the only way to fix it is surgery but when I asked my general md he said that no I am not a candidate for back surgery. He gave me some anti inflammatory meds but I refused to take them because the first line is a warning that says: Could cause sudden death! Um, no thank you...can deal w/the pain. LOL.
Thanks in advance for response...
Thanks Pittie and Clam..
Eyre, I can only speak for myself, but if I were you, I would ask your GP to refer you to either an orthopedic Dr or as in my case, a neurosurgeon..
You should probably have an MRI to get final diagnosis. I never realised how many different things could be going on with a person's back before!.
I also found out, during this process, that I have an extra vertebre,,a sixth lumbar one,,,,told my Dr that was supposed to be my tail......
I am short, so seems an extra bone there should have made me a bit taller, right?.
To the OP, again, a big congrats on avoiding surgery and taking control of your health..
CONGRATS!!!! I actually grew by an INCH after I lost my weight...my spine had been so compressed with the extra 140 pounds....so YAY YOU YAY YOU!!!!..
Thank you for celebrating with me, everyone! I've been in bad shape for years. With every pound, came more pain..
When I was 4 years old I fell 30 feet and landed in a sitting position. That completely shattered one of my thoracic vertebrae, badly broke two more and crack and deformed two more. So five broken vertebrae..
That left me with kyphosis, scoliosis and lordosis (which came from the Latin, "oh Lord, does her butt stick out!!").
The spinal degeneration caused my whole back to compress, bringing me from 5'4" to 5'1" at one point. I thought I was 5'3", but found out that I'm only 5'2.5" (darn it!).
It also caused my ribs to flare out; which, I can tell you, is a really hot look..
I do have spondylosis. Two of my disc's are not doing well. That's why I do think that I'm going to need surgery eventually..
The reason that I'm able to avoid it now is that I took a total of 40 pounds off my frame and I've added weight lifting. I'm using my muscles as support instead of the bone and discs. I'm *hoping* (fingers crossed!) that another 20 pounds will further reduce the pressure and help me feel even better. (Plus it's less strain on my muscles - less work for them to do.).
The main reason I started Medifast was to try to avoid or postpone surgery. If I couldn't do that, I wanted to be in the best physical shape possible to survive the surgery. (My entire spine has to be strung up with rods and fused from the neck to the tailbone. They have to collapse a lung to get to everything.) I dodn't just have the back issue. I've also been dealing with hypothyroidism, PCOS, pre-diabetes and hypokalemic periodic paralysis. I can't do anything about the HKPP, the the rest appears to be resolving with MF..
Why did the surgeon say you aren't a good candidate for surgery?.
You may find relief with the weight loss, but your disc may be further deteriorated than mine is and you may not. At the very least, you might just improve your overall health profile and be a better candidate for surgery, if that's the reason you're not now..
My FIL had spinal fusion of the lumbar area and is doing wonderful now. It was a long road to recovery, but it was a good thing that he had it done. I've heard miraculous stories from people who've had a disc problem taken care of. Just do your best to take care of your body and prepare for surgery if you need it..
I do know that my knee arthritis isn't acting up nearly as much since I crossed 170. That was like a magic line for me..
GOOD LUCK! And don't despair! There is hope, honey!..
You all make me smile so much! *BIG*grin!* lol!..
WOOT WOOT WOOT WOOT!!!!.
One day at a time, one pound at a time, one gym visit at a time....
It is ALL so WORTH IT!!!!.
I'm so proud of you I just can't stand it!.
I'm proud of you, too, FM! (Your message made me cry happy tears! I'll write you later.)..
THAT is one of the BEST NSV's I have ever read!!!! CONGRATS!!!..
Wow, your issues are so much more than my back issues were! I am so glad you are losing the weight and making yourself stronger!.
I do the balance exercises with Wii Fit,,,,,my surgeon said to keep the core strong, to prevent further problems. I never had the sympathy I should have when people told me about the problems they had with their backs, and the pain,,,,,I guess I needed that humbling of going through it myself to understand!.
I hope you continue to improve! best wishes!..