So about 4 weeks ago while I was doing SLDLs I was finishing up a heavy set and when I locked out at the top of the last rep, and activated my glutes I felt some pain in my left glute. I set the bar down and walked away noticing some immediate soreness/tightness toward the top of my left leg/lower back.
Since then I've been more tight than usual when doing hamstring, hip flexor & piriformis stretches, which have been painful. I skipped my leg day that week, and the following Monday I was pain-free and feeling good, went to do my SLDLs again with a lower weight, and on the 2nd rep of my first set I felt it again and this time it was much worse. I couldn't even finish my workout it hurt so bad. Pain, tightness, and tingling down to my ankle at times for about a 3-4 days after.
I've been to the doctor because it got bad enough where it hurt when walking and in some cases even sitting or lying down. Because of the pain descriptions and numbness/tingling I was feeling within the first week the LPN said it was likely lumbar radiculopathy.
I have been doing work on what feels like a large knot in my left glute, with a foam roller and a tennis ball. It almost feels at times like the knot is so inflamed that I'm doing more harm than good. When I put enough weight on the tennis ball it hurts to the point where I start shaking. I've been seeing a chiropractor and he's been adjusting both hips 3x/week for the last 2 weeks.
After 10 days off from the gym, including any cardio, I went back to the gym yesterday to do my chest/upper back workout and even that caused some pain and inflammation.
I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced anything familiar, and/or if someone can give me some advice on what to do. I plan on continuing to see the chiropractor but am wondering if I should be seeing my doc to try to get an MRI, or if I should just take more time off and RICE (without the E. hard to elevate a hip). I just hate taking time off from the gym. I guess I'm not sure why a chest or arm workout could affect my hip/glutes.