For the last few weeks I have been having trouble with my lower back. At first the pain was pretty bad, but as the weeks go on the back pain is gradually decreasing. What is troubling though is that I have been getting cold feet along with the back pain. When I sit or lay down in a bad position, my feet feel as if they are freezing cold, but when I feel them they feel completely normal temperature wise.
The cold feet more or less only happens when I sit and gets almost instantaneously relieved when I stand. When I stand in the same position for too long the cold feet comes back. I have a desk job, so I am in pain at work almost all day long. I have considered a standing desk but I don't know if it is right for me or if my boss will even allow it.
I will see my primary care doctor asap, but in the meantime are there any ideas as to what this could be and how to ease the pain on my own? I'm thinking it could be a herniated disk compressing a nerve (past MRIs for an unrelated condition have shown slight herniation at L4, L5, S1). But why would the pain be only in my feet, doesn't it usually travel down the leg if it's a nerve issue? At first I thought it was bad circulation, but the pain is almost immediately relieved by standing so I'm unsure. Thanks for your help.