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A 35-year-old member asked:

can spinal lumbar stenosis or herniation symptoms greatly improve with weight loss?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
No: Structural changes needs adjustment.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
One type of stenosis: If your stenosis is from epidural lipomatosis wieght loss will help it wont cure the disc but it. Will put less stress on your failing back that plus core strengthening may result in symptom improvement.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Does a lower back ache mean I am in labor?

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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
No: It could especially if it is crampy and comes and goes every few minutes. However, it could be due to additional strain in your low back muscles due to your expanding belly and less postural support from your stomach (rectus) muscles. It could also be pain in your pelvis (si joints) from the hip bones "moving" to create more room for your baby to come out. If uncertain see your healthcare provider.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Why are there so many different patterns of weight gain in pregnant women?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Genetics: Every woman is different so every pattern of weight gain (and every pregnancy) will be different. As a general rule of thumb, a normal weight woman should gain between 25-35 pounds while pregnant. This often comes as a spurt in the middle of the pregnancy. Overweight women should gain less and underweight women more. Good nutrition and exercise are recommended for all pregnant women.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I've been wearing an abdominal support belt, but my back pain hasn't decreased. Could I have a pinched nerve?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Possible: Back pain in pregnancy is extremely common. The added weight and the change in the curve of the spine both contribute to the back pain.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Dr. Tariq Niazi commented
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
It should get better after the birth, but if it persists or gets worse, then you need to see a spine surgeon.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Areabdominal "crunch" exercisesthe best way to keep from having low back pain?

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Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 20 years experience
No: Abdominal crunches are an excellent way to build muscles that support the back. It is also important to strengthen the muscles of the back itself, and together, they are best way to prevent low back pain.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Lower back pain radiates upto my leg thru butt?

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Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 27 years experience
You have sciatica.: Sorry you are suffering from this...There are several common causes of sciatica including irritation of the spinal nerves from a herniated disk. If your pain does not get better, if numbness affects the crotch, or if you have bowel or bladder difficulty then you need a surgical evaluation, otherwise your primary care provider can take care of getting the sciatica to cool down.

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