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So, over the last year or so my back has been getting progressively shittier, to the point where it's probably safe to call it chronic back pain. Not surprisingly, this probably resulted from sitting in a computer chair for the majority of every day for the last decade and a half. The pain is located in my lower back, right above my sacrum, and is really effecting my ability to walk (if I had to say, run out of the way of an oncoming car, I'd probably just collapse). Putting weight on my feet at certain angles twinges some deep-tissue nerve and feels like I'm getting stabbed in the pelvis. While I sleep the pain seems to... gather strength... spreading to the muscles in my lower back, and I usually have to wake up early, and walk around a bit until it subsides during the day.
I've been to a chiropractor, who seemed like a quack, a local doctor, and a podiatrist. Both the real doctors essentially said that, yeah, I was spending too much time sitting down. I should stop doing that so much, and also try to do some stretches. I also got some prescription orthotics for my shoes, which seem to help a little bit, at least with the leg/hip pain, if not the root back problem itself. The list of suggested stretches doesn't seem to help too much, as my pain seems to be more of a nerve issue, than a muscle issue (specifically, the nerves that are running through my hip bones), and I can't really get a stretch that hits that spot.
My question to H/A is where can I go from here? I'd rather not be a hunched, cane wielding, hobbilite before I'm thirty. Does anyone else have similar experiences and found solutions? I'm considering buying a standing desk to work at, but any suggestions would be much appreciated!