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Sep 22, 2017 7:24 PM

Does anyone who has back pain ever experience more intense pain while and/or after eating? I always notice that my pain becomes almost unbearable after eating. I figured it was the chair I was sitting in but I haven't been able to narrow it down and it seemed almost embarrassing to suggest that my pain would get worse after eating.


Anyone with me? I've never heard of anyone with this issue.

Sep 23, 2017 8:45 PM

Yes... Pain increases after eating. l am with you... @PainedSteph1990

Sep 24, 2017 10:26 AM

Hi there, I believe it's due to the nerves running from your digestive system are working hrs and send pain messages to your spine. Here's a site that explains it well:
http://www.digestionreliefcenter.com/resources/blog/Back-pain-digestion-link.html

I have hEDS (Hypermobility so my body stretches & compresses very easily due to a defect in the collagen production)

Sep 28, 2017 4:15 AM

PainedSteph... Waving has the science of it right there for You! Try to drink room temperature water, before and after you eat. Do not drink things while you eat. This may also help you with the pain some.

Sep 28, 2017 10:47 AM

I have heard that some people benefit from gluten-free or anti-inflammatory diets. Im just learning about it myself, but it might be worth checking into since your pain is that noticeable after eating.
Best of wishes!

Sep 28, 2017 12:26 PM

What is an anti-inflammatory diet?? Is it as devastating as the thought as a gluten free diet??

Sep 28, 2017 12:33 PM

Cutting down on red meat, sugar, tomatoes, potatoes, red peppers, and gluten. Sometimes dairy. I haven't taken gluten out of my diet because then idk what i would eat.
What my doctor also suggested is a what she called a fasting situation. Its were you cut out things like that out of your diet and you slowly add them back in and see which one is affecting your pain the most. Then you'll know exactly what is causing you to have so much pain.

Sep 28, 2017 3:26 PM

I have intense pain in upper back, chest and ribs, mainly right side. It would kick ofd when i are certain foods. Cut out dairy which made a difference but still had it at times. Mentioned to the GP who sent me for a scan. I have gallstones. Rather a lot. That is the cause of my pain. Currently waiting to get me gallbladder out. Could it be that?

Sep 29, 2017 9:22 AM

I find chosing healthy foods just generally makes the body work/feel better and improves mood. Dr. Weil (has lots of info online)has a list of anti-inflammatory foods. I also find I have less pain if I eat lots of fiber rich food. Keeps the bowels moving!

Sep 29, 2017 9:52 AM

I agree MrsBWL. That also what my other dr that i see for my fibro says. Eating healthy in general will help. I have lots if digestive problems. I take psyllium husk tablets. You have to drink it with at least 8oz of water or you might choke because of how it expands but it's a natural fiber supplement if your diet can't get enough fiber that you need. I only take it when my stomach is super upset and not digesting. I also eat fiber bars with 9g of fiber. My doctor recommends at least 10g of fiber a day. I have to eat food befpre i eat the fiber bar otherwise it juat makes the stomach pain worse.

Sep 29, 2017 9:56 AM

I also found that for fibromyalgia suffers (doctor told me) that it can be helpful to eat protein with every meal. I found this to be really helpful because I get really shaky and weak when I eat meals with carbs and no protein after only 20 to 30 minutes after eating the only carb meal. I have had no shakiness since I've been eating carbs and protein together.

Oct 02, 2017 10:24 PM

I have fibromyalgia and was told that a plant based diet is supposed to help. I signed up for the class but am #48 on the wait list. Classes start Jan, 2018.

Oct 04, 2017 10:17 PM

For info that is so easy to understand try the Wahls protocol book. I have been eating clean now for several months, and I cheated. I paid for that cheat for 3 days. I still drink 12 oz of cola a day, my addiction. But have totally given up gluten, white sugar, and have learned which oils kill my system. I have been able to drop daily pain meds. And lost 15 pounds without trying. I have a niece w fibromyalgia and she has been off any meds for years. She was my mentor. Then some ladies on my support group have been swearing by the clean eating I finally tried it and think how stupid I didn't try it earlier., lol

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