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I have a 2014 without powered seats as well, and I had the exact same problem as you after about a year of ownership. Developed some pretty intense lower back pain that wouldn't go away (I have a long commute every day).
I bought this (Amazon - Lumbar Support Pillow). Solved my problem completely. Pain went away and didn't come back.
Best of luck!
I have a 2018 Premier and bought a lumbar cushion from Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Everlasting-Comfort-100-Memory-Cushion/dp/B01IJNJAZ0/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=lumbar+cushion&qid=1558472773&s=gateway&sr=8-5
I am 6'6" and felt the seat really rounded out my back and didn't support my lumbar at all. With the cushion I find it acceptable. Still one of the worst features of the car, sadly.
I couldn’t work without mine to be honest.
This is the one I bought off of amazon, it has over 3k reviews and very reasonably priced. I also bought one for my friend and another for my computer chair at home.
Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Back Cushion - Lumbar Support Pillow for Office, Car and Chair https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IJNJAZ0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ECS4CbDMAQCQG
Ha, I'm another footcrosser but I'm short. I'm curious, though; you say when you do this with heels it causes back pain. But if you cross your leg like that with flats it doesn't? Or do you not have the urge to cross your leg in flats? It might be worth fiddling around with that--a toe rest rather than a footrest, for instance, taking your feet more parallel.
I would also definitely consider an adjustable lumbar pillow like this, with straps so you could place it in the best spot for you.
On the not adjusting 1000 times a day, I'd consider approaching that as a feature and not a bug. It's better for you to keep changing positions. Maybe you shift between right leg over, toes up on a rest, and chair higher with a footrest. Rather than seeking a holy grail position, find several that are okay for a little bit.
We went for our babymoon at 26 weeks but it’s not as long of a flight for us (about 5.5 hours). The only thing I’d add that hasn’t been said already (compression socks, eating well etc)
1.) I bought a travel lumbar pillow and wow gaaaame changer. My hips and back can hurt when sitting too long and this totally saved me. (Here’s the one I purchased: travel lumbar
2.) drink a LOT of water the day before and check in with your doctor about taking a baby aspirin (I was already doing this at the advice of my doctor, but this could help prevent swelling or clotting)
3.) try to get up and walk down the aisle or do a lap every hour (and yes wear compression socks)
4.) buy a big ass bottle of water or bring your own bc it’s really annoying to need water and they only fill up those tiny little cups when you’re on the plane
5.) if you can, try to upgrade to a little more legroom
6.) BRING SNACKS ON SNACKS
In terms of Hawaii, here would be some other recs:
We chose to go to Oahu and stay in Waikiki bc of slightly better access to healthcare since it’s a bigger city. I would second what another poster said that what makes Hawaii special is some of the hikes and nature exploration. I was limited in this way so it was nice having the convenience of the big city, even though I’d normally prefer staying somewhere more remote and off the beaten path.
Waikiki is also a LOT cheaper, so we were able to get a rental car and spent nearly every day driving to the North Shore or Eastside to get away from the chaos of Waikiki. It was sooo worth it. If you end up in Oahu I have great recs for secluded and peaceful beaches. Some of the best I’ve ever experienced.
I’m not sure that an 11 hour flight would’ve been my jam, so it might be worth looking into some Atlantic/Caribbean based options as well!
Great purchase! Using one for 1.5 years, lately with a DD, and absolutely no issues.
If you get neck pain I recommend a cushion for your lower/mid back to bring your body forward. I use this one, but there are lots of similar products: https://www.amazon.de/R%C3%BCckenkissen-Memoryschaum-Everlasting-Komfort-Einheitsgr%C3%B6%C3%9Fe/dp/B01IJNJAZ0
I use this
It is pretty good for the price. Stiff and firm and has straps that go behind the seats.
Have had this chair for about a year and can attest to the crappy lower back support. Adding one of these has made the chair much more bearable for me if anybody else is having similar issues.
Congrats on your new miata. Very happy for you.
My first recommendation would beeeee maintenance!
60k miles and 19 yrs old means there’s probably some things that should be changed so I’d say to check out the car and make sure nothing is leaking or looking bad. Belts! Changing your belts are important and fluids. Plugs and wires too. Brakes !! Literally any and all maintenance would be my first thing to do. You’ll beat yourself up knowing you spent money on mods when something goes wrong and you have an empty pocket.
Now regarding mods I’d say anything that increases your driving experience, exhaust is a good start, but like /u/DrStuttgart mentioned, mods that will improve your driving would be great, a better feeling shift knob, maybe even a shifter rebuild if it needs it.
I see you mentioned that stock seats hurt your lower back, I HIGHLY recommend getting a lumbar support cushion for your Miata! I have one on mine, my daily and my office chair and it does WONDERS. I have 3 of these
And my miata for sure needs new seats but it’s totally unimportant to me as of now.
Best of luck to your new miata, please don’t forget to maintain your car !! It’s very important !
Dont waste your time on a hype gamer chair. Id recommend an office chair that is ergonomically designed. The main thing that you need is something that "pushes" your lower back forward. Essentially, the way your spine is supposed to curve is that it stick outwards (think in front of you) at the lower end, and then curves back towards your shoulders. The problem with computers is that over time, you start hunching over your computer; this reverses the curve of your spine, as the uper part of your back (which is supposed to be pulled back) is pushing forward so you can see your screen. An easy fix to this is some sort of pillow that you can stuff to the part of your chair for your lower back; something like this. You can stuff this behind your back on a normal cheap office chair and it will make a huge difference. Source: have a few friends in kineseology that suggested that, I had the same problem.
I am also interested in this! I had a sentinel shipped in today, and the lumbar support pillow is way too stiff. I thought it was in my mind until I used the softer U-shaped neck pillow on my lower back, and omg, it felt perfect.
I'm thinking about purchasing the Everlasting Comfort 100&#37; Pure Memory Foam Back Cushion on Amazon. Free one-day shipping is ideal!
Look for a lumbar support pillow. You're gonna look weird carrying it around but it supports your lower back and it will help with the pain from sitting in the chairs in classrooms. I use it everywhere, car, classes, library etc.
I use this one personally: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IJNJAZ0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_0BMJzb92CBH25
Try Tiger Balm. It's another cream similar to icy hot but works better for me.
I have a tens unit from Amazon that works pretty well for a battery powered one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NCRE4GO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_NEMJzb3SXNPQ5
Also an electric heating pad and reusable ice pack or if your dorm has an ice maker like mine a reusable bag for ice depending on what works better for your back.
Get a good backpack. Something with a sternum strap and a hip strap if possible so that the weight is more evenly distributed. Also, I never carry anything other than exactly what I need for class to keep the weight down and try to buy as many textbooks as possible on Kindle so that there's less weight there as well.
A good mattress pad if you're in the dorm so that you can supplement the mattress with one that's better for your back. They can get expensive (Mine was about $100) but it's an investment in your health.
A good pair of inserts in your shoes from Roadrunner, an orthopedic doctor, or a similar store where they mold to your feet has truly helped my pain a lot. I stick them in the pair I'm wearing for the day and I'm good to go.
I bought this one - Amazon has quite a few to choose from.
Sorry to add even more indecision, but as somebody who also wanted to decrease the seat depth for the 2020 Titan, I went with this:
And it has been working well.
Yep! I have a cheap gaming chair and it’s great:
I recommend swapping out the lumbar pillow for something with a little more support, like this:
It’s not perfect, because you still need to get up and move around every few hours. But I can use it for a workday without injuring myself. :)
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Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support Pillow for Office Desk Chair - Memory Foam Back Cushion (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IJNJAZ0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ZR6DKXF3WVD140E621YZ
Only thing I can think of is getting some lumbar pillow behind your back when you sit.
Something like this ?
Instead of getting a new chair, I just brought cushions for my back/tailbone & totally recommend it!
Pick up one of either this or this bad boy. Thank me later (or just forward me the cheque you would've paid a chiropractor in ~10ish years)
I got this for free: