Thursday, March 01, 2012

Coping with Spondylosis Through Weight Control - Are you Over Weight?

Coping with Spondylosis Through Weight Control - Are you Over Weight?

I was known as a chubby baby. Being the first child I was pampered by my grandparents. My parents being new to parenthood, were unaware of the nutritional needs of a growing toddler. I was fed with whatever my heart desired. I grew up to be an overweight child, teenager and later as an adult.

Exercise and proper diet was not a part of me for years. I always wondered about the ‘health freaks' that I called them, thinking why were they so bothered about being slim and healthy all the time? My motto for life a few years back was 'Eat what you like as life is short'.

In the year of 2008, I weighed almost 90 kg. Then the lightning of pain struck me one day. I started having episodes of terrible left arm pain. It used to get worse especially at nights or just simply when I was in a resting mode. I had no idea what was happening to me. I went for alternative treatments like massages, hot and cold therapy. Nothing seemed to work. One night, I just freaked out! My spine, starting from my neck down to my sitting bone, started to have a burning sensation. Life became miserable and I used to mourn in pain everyday. My last choice was to see a doctor and I was referred to a spine specialist immediately.  

After a physical examination, I was advised to go for a spine MRI. The results confirmed that I had cervical and lumbar spondylitis. You had no idea what I was going through. Being only 26, the doctors did not encourage me to have surgery. They believed that by changing my diet and lifestyle, I would be able to control my symptoms.

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