just to keep following up on this, I pretty much laid off squatting heavy for the past couple of months... for the past months I've hardly done any squatting at all because I had been traveling on work and a vacation.
I've done various physical activities some giving me great discomfort on my back after playing things like soccer.
While on vacation I was playing some volley ball and hurt my lower back again, I think it was jumping up for a block or something. I got back from vacation and made an appointment with my sports medicine specialist, I wanted a real answer I wanted an MRI.
Did the MRI, specialist said I have a slightly bulging disc and that pretty much that may never heal completely.
Probably the worst health news I've ever gotten... definitely has me down. He offered me steroid shots in my epidural, I quickly declined. I'm not in that much pain at the moment (more like constant discomfort and lack of confidence in my lower back), and I know the pain will eventually subside, but I guess the real problem may take much longer than that or it may never heal
take care of your back guys