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Shrinking Pains?

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Created March 29, 2011 at 12:08 AM

I've lost about 100 lbs (last 50 or so Paleo/Primal---Fairly strict) over the last 2 years and 3 months. Has anyone else who has lost a lot of weight experienced shrinking pains, around the rib cage especially? Is this normal? Does it go away?

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on March 31, 2011
at 01:14 PM

Wow! Thanks for all the comments. It is not a major pain, but a slight 'stich' or 'over stretch' on both my right and left side (more prononced on my left than right). It is not a deep or terrible pain...more like discomfort...usually happens when I'm lying down. I think it may have to do with my body being out of balance from all the weight I was carrying... Dudley: very limited dairy in the diet (just butter). -Maybe I'm just an old dude compared to all of the young whippersnappers on this blog.

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on March 29, 2011
at 02:06 PM

I did. After the first half of my weight loss I limited it to cream in my coffee and a couple oz of cheese each day. Many people find cheese problematic and either need to eliminate it or to limit it in some way. I'm actually trying to get rid of dairy at this point just to see how I feel.

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on March 29, 2011
at 08:08 AM

did you include dairy in your diet

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on March 29, 2011
at 08:08 AM

did you include dairy in your diet

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on March 29, 2011
at 08:07 AM

did you include dairy in your diet?

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on March 29, 2011
at 03:17 AM

I agree with Stephen, need more info. Is it a pain deep in your chest? Your heart maybe? On a scale from 1 to 5 how much does it hurt? Have you been exercising? And if so, what types of exercises? Has this been a consistent pain? Or has it slowly increased over X amount of days, weeks, or months? The more comprehensive the better. But seeing a doctor, if it seems uncommonly painful might be wise.

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on March 29, 2011
at 12:40 AM

please describe in more detail these pains... I lost 105lbs in 9months and it did not hurt. Where on the rib cage, top bottom left right both sides? near an organ?

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on March 29, 2011
at 12:45 PM

It sounds to me like you have trigger points and adhesions in your soft tissue. Go see a Neuromuscular therapist, Structural integrationist, or Thai Massage therapist about getting you out of pain and normalizing your neuromuscular system. This is common in weight loss cases since weight distribution and body stresses change so much. Soft tissue manipulation is the most effective, safest, and cheapest solution to somatic pain. A M.D. will just give you antiinflammatories and muscle relaxers.

More information would also help. When does it hurt, what movements hurt it, etc.

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on March 29, 2011
at 02:36 AM

First, congratulations on a job well done!

I've also lost 100+ and had no pains at all. I've actually never heard of anyone having anything akin to "shrinking pains." It's probably nothing but I agree you should go get checked out just to be on the safe side.

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on March 29, 2011
at 08:08 AM

did you include dairy in your diet

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on March 29, 2011
at 02:06 PM

I did. After the first half of my weight loss I limited it to cream in my coffee and a couple oz of cheese each day. Many people find cheese problematic and either need to eliminate it or to limit it in some way. I'm actually trying to get rid of dairy at this point just to see how I feel.

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on March 29, 2011
at 02:07 AM

I agree with the above, I've lost 115 in 10 months and have not experienced any pains. In fact, I feel better (easily breathing, energy, comfort, etc) than I ever remember feeling in my life.

Congrats - I would suggest talking to a medical professional...

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on March 29, 2011
at 08:08 AM

did you include dairy in your diet

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on November 15, 2012
at 04:08 AM

Thank God I thought I was going crazy ... I've been experiencing a lot of pain in my rib cage in the back like pressure or like a dull ache I've lost 20 lbs farely quickly as I'm on a 60 day juice fast (www.fatsickandnearlydead.com)... Thanks folks this makes me feel better ... And I'm expecting that it will go away soon hopefully

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on March 31, 2011
at 06:19 PM

I've lost 55 lbs over 3 years, 35 of that over the past 90 days on Paleo (nearly down to my ideal BMI weight). I have experienced no pain.

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on March 29, 2011
at 02:32 PM

I found my best remedy was more water, added Omega-3, and Some good backstretches. Plus I agree with the Thai Massage comment.
When I started loosing my weight, I had pain that wrapped around mid back right under the right rib cage, and it was even worse if I was jogging. After a few weeks, my pains went away. Whatever shifted finally did, or whatever was swollen finally shrunk. When I was jogging it was a good 8 out of 10 pain scale, it was almost like my gall bladder or liver was bouncing around in there while I was jogging. A buddy of mine that lost more weight said his internals hurt as it seemed things started to shift around. But it also went away.

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