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I'm a 21 year old male and I have been suffering from lower back pain for about 3 months now. It first occurred when I was doing abdominal exercises that required me to push my legs straight into the air while I was laying on my back. Ever since I've had a pinching pain on the right side of my lower back. The pain hasn't been unbearable and I have continued to workout but have been avoiding lifts like heavy squats and deadlift.
Recently I have been training and getting in shape for my job as a wildland fire fighter. Hiking with a thirty pound pack up some pretty steep country almost daily. Surprisingly this hasn't agrivated my back at all and actually makes it feel good when I'm done. I've been doing alot of stretching and taking ibprophan to help with pain and inflamation. Most of the pain comes in the morning when I'm just waking up or when I'm lifting heavy objects. I'm going to be running a chainsaw for most of the summer and am worried this might hurt it more. I've been looking into getting a back brace and have also thought about going to a doctor to see if they can help. Any suggestions to help me get back to normal and fully functional for this summer's fire season would be greatly appreciated. I'm tired of the nagging pain even if it mild. Thanks for the help!