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I'm new on the forums, and wanted to quickly introduce myself and please ask for some advice. I hope this is the right place to post this message - I looked through the list and chose this forum, but please move it if I've got it wrong (sorry)!
I suffered some quite bad lower back issues last year (herniated disc, nerve issues, surgery) and while I've done reasonably well in recovering and learning how to manage things, I'm still in the process of making changes to better help myself.
As the weather is beginning to turn, I'm looking to buy a decent winter jacket (my old jacket is very worn out!), and I'm wondering if any one has any advice on good jackets for people with back issues?
I'm thinking about things like overall weight, position of pockets, ease of getting it on and off, etc. One thing which I thought about specifically was whether a powder skirt inside a jacket is a big help in keeping the cold off the lower back? I understand that trying them on is always best, but that's not always an option for me, so I'm looking to narrow it down first before deciding where I should go to try them.
I would never have thought twice about these things previously, but having made some progress I would like to do all I can to avoid the kind of pain from before.
Thank you very much to anyone who can offer any help, ideas, or advice!