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Old 04-29-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Default Back cramp on longer drives

Anyone else's lower back cramp/spaz pretty bad on long drives (30+ minutes) or stop and go traffic? It only effects the right side, slightly to the right of the spine.

I've tried the diy seat mod and variations of it but haven't found a solid solution. Anyone got any methods that may help?

This is in the newer wrx seats.

I'm 195 lbs 5'7", gym junky. I have large shoulders and a 32-33" waist just to give some idea.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:20 PM   #2
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Get fatter.
Remove your wallet from your pocket.
Make stops along the way.
get yourself one of those bead seat backs.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:23 PM   #3
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I'm 195 lbs 5'7", gym junky.
Jesus christ man I'm 6'3" and 190lbs lol.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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Get fatter.
Is this a serious solution?

Doubt my fiance would appreciate me gaining more
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:31 PM   #5
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Put in Legacy seats.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:47 PM   #6
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You could try sitting on a small cushion/pad to elevate your butt. My dad does this on long drives and it helps him a lot...it changes the lumbar support position on your back, which might be your problem if you're a little shorter.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:58 PM   #7
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Lean your seat way back. It straightens your back putting more weight on your upper back. And extends your arms out stretching, it feels great
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:35 PM   #8
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Anyone else's lower back cramp/spaz pretty bad on long drives (30+ minutes) or stop and go traffic? It only effects the right side, slightly to the right of the spine.

I've tried the diy seat mod and variations of it but haven't found a solid solution. Anyone got any methods that may help?

This is in the newer wrx seats.

I'm 195 lbs 5'7", gym junky. I have large shoulders and a 32-33" waist just to give some idea.
We're the same height, but you're about 10 lbs heavier than I am, with the same body type. I don't have any issues with cramping, and I often make 1.5 - 2 hr drives. Hell, my drive to work is approx 40 minutes each way, every day.

Post #2 is correct in suggesting to remove your wallet if you keep it in your back pocket.

Otherwise, look into changing your posture. My seat is 1 or 2 clicks back from straight up and down, and my arms are slightly bent to reach 9/3 on the wheel. Have you ever had any other issues with your back? Injuries, strained while lifting, etc?
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:44 PM   #9
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I say ask a doctor, that doesn't sound like something seat related, mostly because you are feeling pain in a specific area.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:08 PM   #10
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http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/sciatica-symptoms


sounds like you have this i have the same problem i hurt my back i go a massage in it goes away for awhile
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:18 PM   #11
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll definitely have to see someone then. I do notice if my knees are practically under the steering wheel column it reduces the strain but that's just uncomfortable hitting my knee over every little bump.

It's almost as if the cause of the pain is cause by my right foot letting on and off the gas too much.

I'm surprised WebMD didn't say I had cancer due to the symptoms.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:26 PM   #12
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practice more yoga.

do you know the steering wheel is telescopically adjustable, aside from the height?
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:35 PM   #13
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll definitely have to see someone then. I do notice if my knees are practically under the steering wheel column it reduces the strain but that's just uncomfortable hitting my knee over every little bump.

It's almost as if the cause of the pain is cause by my right foot letting on and off the gas too much.

I'm surprised WebMD didn't say I had cancer due to the symptoms.
I'd say you had a slightly herniated disk in your lower back if it's triggered by extension of your foot etc.. Go get it checked out, I PM'd you a great back doc in Houston that got me 100%.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:38 AM   #14
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Most doctors now recommend stomach exercises for people with back problems. I got hit in the trunk twice about a week apart 5 years ago. Saw a physical therapist and a chiropractor for over 2 years and still to this day suffer from lower back and side pain.

Started going to the gym about 2 months back at work and it has helped a lot.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:40 AM   #15
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Take your wallet out of your back pocket. Seriously.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:27 AM   #16
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I'd say you have poor sitting posture. This isn't something you can fix with a different seat or by removing your wallet. This is done by properly excercising the correct sitting posture.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:31 AM   #17
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Jesus christ man I'm 6'3" and 190lbs lol.
You mirin? do you lift weights?
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:34 AM   #18
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Anyone else's lower back cramp/spaz pretty bad on long drives (30+ minutes) or stop and go traffic? It only effects the right side, slightly to the right of the spine.

I've tried the diy seat mod and variations of it but haven't found a solid solution. Anyone got any methods that may help?

This is in the newer wrx seats.

I'm 195 lbs 5'7", gym junky. I have large shoulders and a 32-33" waist just to give some idea.
Same except I only get it in the way home from work. 50min commute each way. Nothing in pockets I just readjust my ass and sit up as straight as I can for as long as I can.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:52 AM   #19
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As stated in half the posts, wallet. You can also try a very small pillow in the lumbar region of your back. It forces your hips slightly forward and relieves some pain. Stretching before is a good idea too. I have a ruptured L5/S1 and the accompanying sciatic nerve pain, and stretching when I get up, half way through the day, and so forth is the best way to keep the pain away. Or a drip of narcotics.

Lookup sciatica stretches and try those for a while, even if you don't have sciatica the stretches work for lower back pain.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:44 PM   #20
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im about the same height and weight but don't go to the gym too often cause of work schedule but i take my wallet out and it makes a big difference. i still notice a little soreness in my back when compared to driving my truck.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:52 PM   #21
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I'm surprised WebMD didn't say I had cancer due to the symptoms.
This is why I never look at WebMD

+1 on taking wallet out on drives. Helps me a ton.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:18 PM   #22
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2499938

Maybe you and rkjunior can come up with something for each other. At least compare posts in your threads.
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