Keto Upper Back Pain

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Anyone Experience Searing (upper) Back Pain When Fasting Or When Blood Sugar Gets Too Low Or Too High?

"A multitude of patients have come to us for pain between the shoulder blades or in the upper back. This area of the spine that starts just below the neck, and ends at the bottom of the rib cage, is called the mid-back." "One of the most interesting and baffling causes of mid-back pain is from the blood-sugar control system. Because the nerves to the organs of blood-sugar control (pancreas, liver, and adrenal glands) travel out from this part of the spine, a person???s dietary error may trigger this type of spinal pain. The other day a patient reported a stabbing mid-back pain. On inquiring, she told us of eating her way through a whole bag of candy in one sitting (just before the pain started). Excess carbohydrate (sugar or starch) overload can cause this area of the spine to subluxate (go out of place, and irritate the adjacent nerves). The typical location is right around the center of the back (at about the height that a bra strap crosses a woman???s back)." Continue reading >>

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  1. goedegeit

    Since I've started on Keto, I've been getting some bad stabbing pains in my right shoulder blade. I'm worried that it could be gall stones or something.
    I've been on keto for just over a month now and lost over half a stone, and I'm happy with what I'm eating, but if this is giving me gallstones I'm off it faster than a dog on a forbidden chair when their owner comes in.

  2. sassytaters

    IANAD, but from what I've read around here, switching from a low-fat diet to a high-fat can get the gallbladder squeezing and contracting and doing its job better, which can dislodge any stones that are already in there (likely caused by the high-carb diet, where it didn't have to do as much). When I first tried Atkins in 2012, I had awful gallbladder attacks after eating fatty stuff like pulled pork. Unfortunately I used it as one of many excuses to fall off the wagon, and it took me 2 years to find my way back to low-carb eating. I've had 0 gallbladder trouble this time (I have been keto for two years), but I have no idea what the difference would be or if maybe all the stones I had just worked themselves loose or what.
    Here's a link that might help:

  3. Kye7

    Thanks for the link and great post.
    I dramatically changed my diet yesterday, starting keto.
    I today (1 day later) have a deep pain in my right shoulder, and I think this is the cause. I am extremely healthy, work out 5 days a week, but never had a pain like this. It only hurts at about a 3/10, but enough to be uncomfortable.
    What can I do to make it stop? I obviously made the transition much too quickly. Have I done permanent damage to my body? Thanks in advance for your reply.

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