I play ball hockey 3 days a week, and Friday evening during a game I suddenly felt a sharp tightness on my lower back as I was running (there was no incident or bad movement). It was virtually impossible for me to bend over slightly without excruciating pain afterwards, as well as the next day. Getting up out of my chair is the worst, especially when I put my weight (usually) on my right foot. The pain is generally felt in my very lower back, into my right buttock.
Sunday I felt better, as it would get better throughout the day, but would still feel some pain getting out of my chair. Ive been applying heat for 10 mins at a time in the evening, I bought Robaxasil and Rub A535, but doesnt really seem to help (hence it is not my muscles).... Well yesterday, I felt like I wanted to test it out at a casual ball hockey game, as it did feel better. The first 20-30 mins felt ok, but then my lower back stiffened up again, and last night and this morning Im back to being in excruciating pain again! (lesson learned)... so no ball hockey for at least a week or 2.
The reason I think it is sciatica, for one, I do feel it more on my right side (down to the buttock), and two, I did have this kind of pain a few months ago but was a bit more concentrated within the right buttock region, and would occur especially when Id put weight on my right foot. This time it is more intense over my lower back, as I will feel it when I bend over ever so slightly (without bending my knees).
Im guessing rest is the best remedy here. Im just worried this may reoccur off and on playing ball hockey.... I had also purchased a new pair of shoes, and wondering if that may have contributed to the nerve damage.
A bunch of people recommended Voltaren gel, but I assume this doesnt work for sciatica (nerve pain).