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Back pain when eating fat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Hi, I've been eating high fat from July 2012 till January 2013. Mostly pastured ghee, pastured lard and pig fat back, olive oil etc. However, in January I starting having severe lower back pain after eating fat the previous day, if I get over 50g of fat per day or so, the pain is pretty bad, sometimes lasts for an hour, but sometimes it lasts all morning, or even all day. Therefore there is obviously something wrong with me eating fat and I had to start eating more calories from yams, plantains and cassava, all carbs. Often I mix yolks in cassava flour and make pancakes from it, or I add some fat to yams, however, any significant amount that actually has some calories gives me this pain.

Any advice is appreciated as I am quite unhappy in this situation and left with very few food choices (basically only yams/plantains/cassava flour with a piece of meat three times per day - fighting with multiple food allergies and histamine intolerance).

Thanks!!!

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on October 22, 2013
at 03:47 PM

This is interesting. I've recently ramped up my fats but also introduced about 300g of sweet potatoes a day to my diet and started to get an aching feeling around my mid to upper back. Doesn't feel muscular though. I think there's a good chance it could be the sweet potatoes but want to be sure it's not my kidneys of course. Not sure if you'll read this but do you find any other starchy carbs to cause this?

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on March 12, 2013
at 01:15 PM

It's in the rear side of stomach area and always starts during the waking up time as bowels start to move. Sometimes it goes away, but it's definitely fat related. I must have gotten fat sensitive while eating high fat.

7210c6f103ccb6767e972a0d084b29af

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on March 12, 2013
at 01:13 PM

Nope. No alcohol at all. Only water.

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on March 11, 2013
at 06:00 PM

I would definitely go to a doctor, but I have had two friends who had gallbladder issues too, and it started similarly to this.

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:30 PM

This was my first thought as well.

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on March 11, 2013
at 01:46 PM

Okay, 200-250g is indeed high fat. Where is the pain located? Is it on any particular side or more to the front or rear? I know doctors can be intimidating, but I really do think they could help in this case.

7210c6f103ccb6767e972a0d084b29af

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on March 11, 2013
at 01:32 PM

I think you may have misunderstood...those 50g I am eating now is low fat to my standards as well. I used to be eating 200-250g of fat when I was eating high-fat. I have too bad experiences with doctors unfortunately, whatever you come there with you are told it's of psychological origin. The pain is there only when eating fat. I guess I have to stick with low fat diet (50g) for a while to see if I can tolerate the fat again. However, as I am getting acne with high carb diets, this is really challenging.

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on March 11, 2013
at 01:19 PM

+1 for go see a doctor. Pain is not something you ask the internet rabble about.

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:18 PM

Could be issues with you gallbladder. I had problems with my gallbladder after eating certain foods several years ago and felt the pain in my back. The attacks lasted several hourse and got worse and worse, until I had my gallbladder removed. At the end almost anything would trigger an attack, e.g. fatty foods, coffee etc.

This was before my paleo time, so no idea if removing grains would have made a difference.

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:30 PM

This was my first thought as well.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on March 11, 2013
at 06:00 PM

I would definitely go to a doctor, but I have had two friends who had gallbladder issues too, and it started similarly to this.

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on March 11, 2013
at 12:48 PM

50g is not that much. The US RDA itself is 65g/day, and many here would find that number low. So, I wouldn't say you've been eating high fat -- I would actually say exactly the opposite: low to moderate.

Since you've been eating low fat, I would consider rewording this question simply as "Why do I have back pain?"

Finally: go see your doctor! Who knows what an examination could find?

7210c6f103ccb6767e972a0d084b29af

(56)

on March 11, 2013
at 01:32 PM

I think you may have misunderstood...those 50g I am eating now is low fat to my standards as well. I used to be eating 200-250g of fat when I was eating high-fat. I have too bad experiences with doctors unfortunately, whatever you come there with you are told it's of psychological origin. The pain is there only when eating fat. I guess I have to stick with low fat diet (50g) for a while to see if I can tolerate the fat again. However, as I am getting acne with high carb diets, this is really challenging.

7210c6f103ccb6767e972a0d084b29af

(56)

on March 12, 2013
at 01:15 PM

It's in the rear side of stomach area and always starts during the waking up time as bowels start to move. Sometimes it goes away, but it's definitely fat related. I must have gotten fat sensitive while eating high fat.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 11, 2013
at 01:19 PM

+1 for go see a doctor. Pain is not something you ask the internet rabble about.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 11, 2013
at 01:46 PM

Okay, 200-250g is indeed high fat. Where is the pain located? Is it on any particular side or more to the front or rear? I know doctors can be intimidating, but I really do think they could help in this case.

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C6032b723b12cf0073ec6d22c5f4e7ae

on June 04, 2013
at 06:03 AM

Pancreatic pain also radiates through the back, and if your pancreas in inflamed, fat will aggravate it. I know from experience. Any part of the biliary system can cause back pain as well, however.

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on June 03, 2013
at 05:24 PM

I used to have back pain as well - sharp in the upper right side of my back shoulder. We have gallbladder isues in our family, so....I'm sure it was that. That USED to happen, before I started Paleo.

My diet before consisted of 260g+ of carbs daily....and this usually caused my shoulder/back pain. Since being on Paleo, I haven't had this whatsoever. I can eat 100g of fat, and it never happens. It only happens when I eat high carb meals.

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7210c6f103ccb6767e972a0d084b29af

on June 03, 2013
at 01:05 PM

An update - looks like I figured it out finally. The cause of pain seems to be the sweet potatoes which are super high in oxalates. Other foods high in oxalates might contribute as well, but the pain has greatly reduced since eliminating sweet potatoes. Strangely I can eat the potato if I don't eat any fat at all without experiencing the pain, so the fat probably somehow helps those calcium oxalate crystals to concentrate, or just hurt more.

C16e2e3642960bfaabee1c1c7fbf9df1

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on October 22, 2013
at 03:47 PM

This is interesting. I've recently ramped up my fats but also introduced about 300g of sweet potatoes a day to my diet and started to get an aching feeling around my mid to upper back. Doesn't feel muscular though. I think there's a good chance it could be the sweet potatoes but want to be sure it's not my kidneys of course. Not sure if you'll read this but do you find any other starchy carbs to cause this?

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on March 11, 2013
at 06:40 PM

Do you drink alchohol?

7210c6f103ccb6767e972a0d084b29af

(56)

on March 12, 2013
at 01:13 PM

Nope. No alcohol at all. Only water.

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on March 11, 2013
at 01:19 PM

I sometimes get back pain that's actually kidney related whenever I don't drink enough water. Too much protein has also been linked to kidney pain. Maybe there is some kind of link? Have yourself checked out by a doctor.

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