Thanks seaweed for your understanding. And everybody else, too.
I was looking around the web and it seems that good mornings are recommended a lot. They don't look very intuitive. I can't imagine how they would be possible with any real weight. I will try them though. I know my problems are all in my weak glutes and stiff hamstrings. I'm stretching and wood and tennis ball rolling the hell out of myself trying to get better.
I have only ever had sciatica before with ill-fitting backpacks. And I used to have a habit of looping my thumb in my backpack hip belt until eventually it started to make part of my leg go numb. I think the neural wiring around that area is not so good.
I feel bad about not deadlifting anymore because it was my favorite lift. But now squats and overhead presses will be my favorite lifts and if all I can manage to fit in my time is squats, press, bench and pullup attempts I think it'll be enough for this old lady. I just really really hope I don't have to bail partway through my big backpack trip in Glacier starting next week. I have saved all my time for the entire year for this trip. Do you have any idea how hard it is to not take a day off for a year? And to have it ruined by the deadlift would be horrible.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2