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Doctor insights on: Back Support Belt For Obese People

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Will a support belt or brace keep my low back safe when I lift at work?

Will a support belt or brace keep my low back safe when I lift at work?

No!: Elastic support belts or braces do not keep you safe when doing heavy lifting at work. Only your brain keeps you safe. These belts and braces only serve as a "reminder" to be safe. Relying on them for support and safety is a common mistake that often leads to back issues. Rely on them only as a reminder tool. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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How long do I wear a lumbar support belt if I am using one for degenrative disc disease of lumbar discs?

How long do I wear a lumbar support belt if I am using one for degenrative disc disease of lumbar discs?

Short duration: It depends on your symptoms and what you do on a daily basis (e.g. Exertional sports or laborious job duties, etc). In general, we do not recommend excessive or prolonged use of back braces/belts as there is potential for deconditioning of the spine muscles (which should be strengthened). However, in some cases where you can't get away from heavy duty work, it can be a short term option. ...Read more

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Is it good to wear lumbar support belt for my lumbar degenrative disc disease? I have had contradictory advice on this matter.

Is it good to wear lumbar support belt for my lumbar degenrative disc disease? I have had contradictory advice on this matter.

Lumbar disease: The best treatment is to work on the core muscles, and train your body to maintain better posture. Alexander technique is one of the programs that works on posture and alignment of the spine. The lumbar belt is more for support, but does not help to attain proper alignment. Good luck. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can a lumbo sacral support belt,help my lower back pain and my sciatica?

Can a lumbo sacral support belt,help my lower back pain and my sciatica?

Possibly: However do not rely on that belt all the time as it will make your muscles weaker and you may make things worse. Belts/supports are typically helpful in situations when you need to do activity. ...Read more

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How do you wear a lumbar support belt for moderate to severe low back pain?

Securely: If your physician has prescribed a lumbar support the medical supply store professional or physician should should show you how to wear it. It should not cause discomfort and should fit securely. You should not have any pressure on your sternum and should be comfortable while sitting. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hernia support belt or shorts?

Can you tell me about hernia support belt or shorts?

They do not work: Do not waste your money. Hernia belts do not prevent the hernia from getting worse or causing problems. See your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can i wear a gurtle / support belt after a c-section?

Can i wear a gurtle / support belt after a c-section?

Girdle ok: Wearing a girdle as extra added support for your abdominal muscles is perfectly fine. ...Read more

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65+ woman fell down and had hairline fracture,has been advised bed rest for a month.Will hip support belt speed up recovery if so ! which kind?

65+ woman fell down and had hairline fracture,has been advised bed rest for a month.Will hip support belt speed up recovery if so ! which kind?

Need more inform-: -ation. What was fractured, & how did it happen. Trip, slipped,on stairs. Also your age & do you have osteoporosis? Was it hip or pelvis? Guess age is 65, sorry. Bed rest for a month is very bad @ that age. If it's a hip it should be fixed so she can be up & around. If pelvis, my patients take pain meds & get up and about as much as they can. In this case pain meds R needed 2 control it so can go. ...Read more

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I am 5'6 and 194 pounds...am I obese and need to lose some weight? I couldn't access the answer when I asked this question a while back.

I am 5'6 and 194 pounds...am I obese and need to lose some weight? I couldn't access the answer when I asked this question a while back.

Healthy weight range: Your body mass index (BMI) is just over 31. BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. 20 to 25 is desirable. For you, that would mean weighing 120-155.

Work on cutting back high calorie foods, sugary drinks like soda. Reduce processed foods. Focus on more whole foods, cooked from scratch, without a lot of added fat (deep fried, cream sauces, etc.). And don't forget to include regular exercise. ...Read more

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I'm obese times 3 and I have very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly?

I'm obese times 3 and I have very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly?

Recommend med eval.: Back pain & breathing issues may be associated w obesity. Get medically cleared. To lose weight insure that calories burned > calories consumed. Drink at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day. Try for 8 hours of sleep/night. Aim for at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 servings of fruit per day. Use whole grain when possible. Avoid sodas, alcohol & junk carbohydrates. Exercise regularly. ...Read more

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I have low t level at 7 nmol. Last year i lost 50 pounds and it jumped to 8 nmol. Will loosing more weight bring back normal t levels. I am obese ?

I have low t level at 7 nmol. Last year i lost 50 pounds and it jumped to 8 nmol. Will loosing more weight bring back normal t levels. I am obese ?

Low Testosterone: Excess weight can increase your aromatase enzyme which can result in decreased testosterone. You need to decrease your stress (meditation, massage, yoga), moderate exercise and resistance training with weight.
I would suggest you see a Urologist to see why your level us so low.
Nutrition: avoid sugar and processed foods. ...Read more

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68 stone I'm obese times 3 I have a very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly ?

68 stone I'm obese times 3 I have a very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly ?

Hello!: I'm thinking we might have a typo..I am not familiar with "stone" as a weight measurement, but my online converter says that 68 stone is 952 pounds! My dear, if correct, this is life threatening! I would expect multiple pains in many spots, trouble breathing, moving, etc. You MUST be under the daily care of a doctor. Have your family help you get into a residential treatment program. Sending love ...Read more

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I am an obese woman suffering from a back injury--what can I do for this?

I am an obese woman suffering from a back injury--what can I do for this?

Most are self limit: Most just get better with time, activity modification and heat or hot showers combined with light exercise and cardiovascular exercise. Otc medication can help as can life style changes like weight control, regular exercise and avoiding smoking. Good sleeping habits and a good mattress make a difference .Make sure you have good vitamin d intake and calcium intake. ...Read more

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Just came back from the Navy, I'm not obese moderately chunky BMI of 22 I think!?

Just came back from the Navy, I'm not obese moderately chunky BMI of 22 I think!?

Even though you are: very young to be experiencing symptoms of heart disease, as well as the the fact that the pain is worsened by deep breaths, not exertion, you should go to an ER for urgent evaluation. I doubt it will turn out to be heart disease but may be GERD/reflux or even asthma or pleurisy. I don't think your weight is an issue; a BMI of 22 is normal. Make your way to an ER or your Doctor's office NOW:) ...Read more

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Is liposuction worth considering to get the body weight back to safe levels if someone is obese?

Is liposuction worth considering to get the body weight back to safe levels if someone is obese?

Lipo for weight loss: Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, but is ideal for people of normal weight who have small pockets of fat that need to be removed. 5 liters of fat can be safely removed at one time as an outpatient procedure. This fat weighs around 10 pounds. If you have more fat than 10 pounds, people are better served by losing weight first, trying more excercise, or a weight loss clinic. ...Read more

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I am experiencing back pain (severity: severe) (side: both) . The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

I am experiencing  back pain (severity: severe) (side: both) . The following also describes me: Obesity. What should I do?

Strain v. spinal: Obesity can cause spain due to increased gravity loading effects on lumbar muscles. It can also cause increased axial loading, pressure coming down the spine, which can rupture discs or inflame facet joints. Imaging should give the answer. ...Read more

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Could fatty liver from being obese cause side and back to cramp and hurt?

Could fatty liver from being obese cause side and back to cramp and hurt?

Not directly.: Fatty liver is a known, and potentially reversible, complication of obesity. There is no common direct relationship of fatty liver with side and back pain other than the added risk of lumbago and back pain due spinal pressure from supporting an obese body. All of these symptoms greatly improve with weight loss 10 pounds plus your liver will function better! get healthy! ...Read more

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How does sublexation of the spine relate to diabetes, heart disease, or obesity?

How does sublexation of the spine relate to diabetes, heart disease, or obesity?

Minimally: Subluxation of the spine.... Might limit exercise and therefore contribute to obesity which leads to diabetes and development of early heart disease. Other than that there is no relation whatsoever. ...Read more

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Upper right back pain in one spot. Present for months. Obese but I have lost 65lbs dieting. Back only starts hurting when i get to work and sit?

Upper right back pain in one spot. Present for months. Obese but I have lost 65lbs dieting. Back only starts hurting when i get to work and sit?

Unchanged-good!: There are many causes for pain that is unilateral and in the posterior-upper back. Subscapular bursitis is quite common; surascapular palsy is another, and there are more. You need to see a doctor who specializes in pain diagnosis; physical medicine specialist or a rheumatology specialist, or an orthopedic surgeon. I believe the root causes will be determined more quickly. ...Read more

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Why does my lower back hurt when i lay on my stomach when being obese?

Why does my lower back hurt when i lay on my stomach when being obese?

More detail?: To answer this question, i would need more details. In general, people who are obese are more likely to have back pain because of the strain that the abdominal fat puts on the back. But it is best to see your provider, because there could be something else happening. ...Read more

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I am 19, generally healthy, not obese, who do i have arthrosis in my lumbar spine? Underlying cause?

I am 19, generally healthy,  not obese,  who do i have arthrosis in my lumbar spine? Underlying cause?

Lumbar spondylosis: Lumbar spondylosis or arthrosis is arthritis in the low back. A combination of genetics, sports, work, and tobacco use can contribute to arthritis in the low back. Strengthen core muscles, maintain good nutrition, and avoid smoking to slow progression of the arthritis. ...Read more

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25 yrs old. I'm obese. EKG came back borderline abnormal. Insurance won't pay for stress test. What could be wrong with me? Is borderline a bad result

25 yrs old. I'm obese. EKG came back borderline abnormal. Insurance won't pay for stress test. What could be wrong with me? Is borderline a bad result

The EKG computer: that interprets EKGs is slanted to reflect pathology rather than normal for litigatious reasons. At your age and sex, and even though you are obese, I would bet it is actually a NORMAL EKG. This is why the insurance company won't pay. Odds are strongly against your having anything it would show other than normal. The doctor should interpret the EKG for you and not leave it up to the computer. ...Read more

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I am 52 black female who is obese I have the following wrong swollen legs I am incontient lower back problems can't raised legs to get in out of car ?

I am 52 black female who is obese I have the following wrong swollen legs I am incontient  lower back problems can't raised legs to get in out of car
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If you haven't: sought medical care for these symptoms yet - it is important to do so. The obesity may be impacting other symptoms. Recommend you start with comprehensive medical evaluation & discuss weight loss program with your physician. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, ...Read more

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Im very obese. I know this because I have severe low back pain when I walk. I can't even walk for 5 minutes without pain. What is the best way for me to lose weight. I cannot have weight loss surgery because i've had stomach surgery before. Please help?

Im very obese. I know this because I have severe low back pain when I walk. I can't even walk for 5 minutes without pain. What is the best way for me to lose weight. I cannot have weight loss surgery because i've had stomach surgery before. Please help?

Weight loss center: I recommend finding a weight loss center that consist of a team of professionals who evaluate you individually and not provide a "shot gun" approach. A physician should look at your drug list and make sure u are not on meds that is causing weight gain or preventing weight loss. A exercise person should eval you and design a program around your limitations, dieticians to work with you individually. ...Read more

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What could cause muscluar pain in right middle back? I lost weight and i was very obese and then it started aching. Any idea?

What could cause muscluar pain in right middle back? I lost weight and i was very obese and then it started aching. Any idea?

Several answers: People who lose a great deal of weight, even by sensible dieting, often suffer gallstones, which in turn can cause right mid-back pain. Other likely causes are simply physical deconditioning due prolonged lack of exercise while obese. Poor body mechanics is another common causes. On occasion disorders of lung or pleura can cause such symptoms. ...Read more