So about a month ago or so I was in the gym taking care of leg day. I did my usual stretch-mile run-stretch and then went to warm up for squats. I always start out easy and do a couple reps with just the bar to help get my head in the game. Oh...it was also power week so I'm planning on 3x6 but at this point I was regularly going 4x6 on major lifts and pulls (separate issue but what are your thoughts on this?)
I was fine going into my third set but then around rep 4i I felt a slight discomfort around on the left side of my lower back near where the back meets the butt. I racked the weight and tried to I walk it off and stretch. I started feeling pretty good. At the time I thought it was just my back acting up a bit; I slightly tweaked it playing football a few weeks prior to this. Anyway, I called it quits for squats but went through the rest of my workout taking it pretty easy but able to get it done, feeling pretty good actually.
I don't think it was until the next day that I felt this pain shooting down my left leg that started from my back and playing ball was just horrible. Icing it heating it, nothing seemed to work. I haven't participated in any physical activity but by buddies' wives who are nurses (I know not Dr.) told me it might be a sciatic nerve issue. I know it seems like I get hurt a lot but do you guys have any advice on this or any physical therapy I can do myself. No insurance at this time so I'm hoping to avoid any medical treatment. Thanks.