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Can Abdominal Reconstruction help back pain?

From: DamnitJanet - on 03/25/2011 1:33pm

I suffer from DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease) and I believe that my weight, specifically my large stomach contributes to my continued lower back pain. I have lost 65 pounds but yet my tummy remains large. I exercise and work on tightening my abdominal muscles but I still suffer from pain. I am wondering if abdominal reconstruction might help my back. I am a 42 year old female and have had 2 C-sections which weakened my abdominal muscles greatly. Has anyone else had this surgery specifically to help with back pain?

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on 03/25/2011 7:52pm

Yes I have been at the same place you are. I am 38 yrs old, had 2 c sections, gained 60 lbs with each pregnancy and was left with nothing but playdough for abs. When I lost enough of the weight from my 2nd kiddo I had a tummy tuck to get rid of all of the extra skin and to tighten up my ab muscles in hopes of relieving my back pain. It didn't help my back pain but I am happy with the results (Flat tummy) anyway. I have already had an L5-S1 Discectomy in 2003 that took away pain for awhile but now I am having an anterior/posterior L5-S1 fusion coming up in April. You can work your abs til the cows come home but once the disc is gone its gone and no amount of PT or injections can make it grow back. What does help is core exercises. A lot of them. I work out 6 days a week just to keep my core strong so I can stay off of the pain meds. Hope this helps.

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