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I recently became vegetarian and I get frequent back and neck pain?

November 23rd, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments
nina. asked:

My neck’s hurting as I write this. I became vegetarian about 4 months ago and the back+neck pain started around then. Are these two connected? I also experience bloating. How to solve this?


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  1. Jo R
    November 24th, 2008 at 15:18 | #1

    Do what is did to stop the pain only eat one meat chicken

  2. friendly advice from maine
    November 26th, 2008 at 08:33 | #2

    According to the recently updated Dietary Reference Intake guidelines, women aged 19–70 need to consume 46 grams of protein per day, while men aged 19–70 need to consume 56 grams of protein per day to avoid a deficiency. The difference is due to the fact that men’s bodies generally have more muscle mass than those of women, or this may be attributed to weight difference by taking 0.8 g(of protein)/kg of body weight.

    Because the body is continually breaking down protein from tissues, even adults who do not fall into the above categories need to include adequate protein in their diet every day. If enough energy is not taken in through diet, the body will use protein from the muscle mass to meet its energy needs, leading to muscle wasting over time.
    Protein deficiency is rare in developed countries but small numbers of people have difficulty getting sufficient protein due to poverty. Protein deficiency can also occur in developed countries in people who are dieting or crash dieting to lose weight, or in older adults, who may have a poor diet. Convalescent people recovering from surgery, trauma, or illness may become protein deficient if they do not increase their intake to support their increased needs. A deficiency can also occur if the protein a person eats is incomplete and fails to supply all the essential amino acids.

    For the link to the above search – protein deficiency @ wikipedia

  3. Kimberley W
    November 26th, 2008 at 11:02 | #3

    are you stressed about being a vegetarian?
    are you or your family is making a big deal about you being a vegetarian?
    are you secretly stressed out that people are not going to accept you as a vegetarian?
    are you taking any extra pills? since you became a vegetarian??

    you need to relax more, a just settle down and see how your neck and back feel.

    edit: sorry for the poor grammer and spelling, I have turned off the lights, – saving enegry and all that – so I am in the dark, watching everybody loves raymond and typing! – oh did you know that the old lady from that show is vegetarian? Gove me another 40 years that will be me!

  4. Kiss me For Luck!
    November 28th, 2008 at 14:18 | #4

    It must be from leaning over the salad bar..LOL…just kidding. The 2 aren’t related.

    Kim…have you been imbibing? You’re typing like a flexi…LOL

  5. ….
    December 1st, 2008 at 20:59 | #5


    Your bloating may be because of your diet but it’s not because you’re vegetarian. If you eat a lot of soy, you may have a soy sensitivity. Soy tends to bloat me. If you eat dairy, you may have a dairy sensitivity. It’s what you’re eating, not what you’re NOT eating.

  6. srb
    December 2nd, 2008 at 16:04 | #6

    add more protien to ur diet…the lack of protien in ur bones is making them hurt and its not at all healthy! u can add protien by eating lots of beans and tofu! U can also drink lots of energy drinks! U might also want to ask ur docter for any more advice!

  7. jeff w
    December 5th, 2008 at 17:05 | #7

    it is simply the components of adjustment to your new diet you are over weight right and you have not worked out in a while let me know if I am right,your body is getting rid of waste matter and I don’t think you are drinking enough water try drinking a beer or two for three days, this will help relax you and clean out your kidneys,eat a lot of veggies and go light on the fruit let me know.

  8. drusillaslittleboot
    December 9th, 2008 at 05:03 | #8

    It shouldn’t be, unless you’re eating absolute shite. There are millions upon millions of vegetarians, and there are no vitamins or minerals that you can’t easily get from a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet.

    If you’re concerned, track your food intake with FitDay for a couple days and make sure you’re hitting enough calories and most of your vitamins and minerals.

    If I were you, I’d go see your doctor. My vegetarianism and my back pain started at the same time, but mine – according to my doctor – is from a strain, not diet related.

    If the doctor suspects it’s diet related (which would be very strange without any other symptoms), they’ll order blood tests to check.

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