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  • honeypeas
    started a topic Why does my fat hurt?

    Why does my fat hurt?

    So here's the situation:

    Whenever I have any kind of 'cheat' day it's guaranteed that I will wake up in pain. The weird thing is though, that this pain seems to be localized in the fattier parts of me, like my lower abdomen, upper thighs, back of my arms, etc. It feels like I've been severely bruised and even the slightest touch will make me wince.

    What is this? What is happening?
    If it's just inflammation, then why is it only in my flab? My joints are fine, I don't feel sick or tired, I have plenty of energy, but my fat hurts!

    I've been searching around trying to figure this out but I can't find anything! It's driving me nuts!

    Does anybody have an answer? Am I the only one?

  • hcurtis
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    Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
    Maybe it's just water weight gain that stretches your skin and the stretching of the skin is what hurts.
    When I am gaining weight my fatty areas hurt as well, so this isn't all that isolated. I do think it has to do with retention and skin irritation. I am not sure though, but it has happened to me. Even water in the shower can bother me. I haven't had this in a while to that point though.

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  • Paysan
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    Skin and nerves overlie fat. It's likely hard to separate pain into different layers, but as fat is supported by muscles and tendons also, it might not be the fat that hurts, but the areas where fat is found. Anyway, the obvious answer is to avoid cheating, and drink lots of good water.

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  • Katarina
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    Hello. I was searching for an answer to this question and it lead here. Idk what ur situation is but when getting over muscle soreness it seems to go into fat and hurts worse. Was wondering if there were others or had this.

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  • Catharsis
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    Do you have mostly fat? I kid, I kid. It sounds like it's inflammation and fluid retention. If I have a beer or two, I have zero problems. If I go have a night out on the town with 5 or 6 really big, higher alcohol beers, then for a couple of days afterwards I'll have sore joints (inflammation) and in my particular case, I'll get really tight calves and a tight lower back, which is also due to inflammation. I've had problems with muscle tightness in my legs my entire life, mainly when I don't stretch enough as well as in my lower back.

    Consuming things that are going to set off inflammation will almost always set off inflammation in our weakest areas in my opinion. The best way that I've found to combat fluid retention is to drink a TON of water. Whether you ate some Papa Johns, went out for drinks (or both), if you stay hydrated during and after those things you'll be better off the next day. If I drink 1 water for every 1 beer and drink 2 glasses of water with some Vitamin C before bed, I don't have a lot of issues the next day.

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  • magnolia1973
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    Yeah, I retain water and it makes me sore in spots, mainly in the area I have lost the most fat in- my abdomen. I'll feel flabby and sore for a few days, then things tighten up and feel better. For me, it tends to be sore right before it leans out more. I've lost 26lbs in 6 months- and I think all of it has come from my abs. It's a cycle of sore, pebbly flab, then it tightens up and stops hurting and I see a loss, then it flabs up, gets pebbly, hurts, tightens up... repeat cycle....

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  • honeypeas
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    Originally posted by Sunnivara View Post
    Well I think the OP was asking WHY cheating would cause fat, of all things, to hurt. Like, what's the physiology going on there?
    For me, when I cheat, I get joint and tendon pain. Inflammation can explain that. But what's going on with fat? Does fat get inflamed?
    Exactly!
    And if it's just water retention, then shouldn't everyone experience this? I can't be the only one who retains water.

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  • Sunnivara
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    Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
    Well, I hate to point this out cause it makes me seem like a jerk....but its not really unexplained is it? It only happens after you cheat. Pretty good explanation right there ....you got cause and effect. If you want a diagnostic name just consider the fact that most diseases are only named after a state of altered physiology. Nothing more. We just use those names as paraphrase to communicate what a patient is experiencing.
    Well I think the OP was asking WHY cheating would cause fat, of all things, to hurt. Like, what's the physiology going on there?
    For me, when I cheat, I get joint and tendon pain. Inflammation can explain that. But what's going on with fat? Does fat get inflamed?

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  • sbhikes
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    Maybe it's just water weight gain that stretches your skin and the stretching of the skin is what hurts.

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  • Neckhammer
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    Originally posted by Lily Marie View Post
    Fat doesn't have nerves
    Really? I was sort of taught that all tissues had nerve intervention of one source or another.....that would be different than saying fat has no nociceptive or pain intervention though.

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  • Lily Marie
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    Fat doesn't have nerves, it's the surrounding tissue that's hurting. From touching that icky, poisoned fat. Clean fat feels dandy.

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  • fiercehunter
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    It sounds like inflammation & you should refine your cheat day as per more primal- the grains and dairy are often to blame.

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  • Neckhammer
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    Originally posted by honeypeas View Post
    Unexplained in the sense that I don't understand why eating off limit foods irritate my fat tissue, and only my fat tissue. If there's something inherent in sugar/omega6/grains that affect fat tissue, then why doesn't everybody experience this? (

    Well the go to answers are genetics and previous metabolic/organic damage. I lean more towards the latter since I'm reluctant to think that any functional human is born to self destruct naturally. Basically if your fat tissues hurt in particular I have heard of some processes that lead to painful lipomas that are somewhat chronic. If pain in fat tissue is a precursor to such I don't really know off hand....I would just consider that the more extreme your response to bad foods the more extreme your resolution must be to commit to not eat those foods. Good luck in any case!

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  • honeypeas
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    Unexplained in the sense that I don't understand why eating off limit foods irritate my fat tissue, and only my fat tissue. If there's something inherent in sugar/omega6/grains that affect fat tissue, then why doesn't everybody experience this?

    Nit-picky? Maybe, but still!

    I hope your uncle changes his mind one day

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  • Neckhammer
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    BTW I have an uncle with RA that should be on autoimmune paleo....but isn't. His choice. We all have to make em.

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