On August 27th, 2015, this happened.
I have not been pain-free for a full 24-hour period since. I have considered the possibility that I may have herniated a disc, or something like that.
If you have read my recent posts, you know I took quite a while off, then tried to get back to it, had more pain, so I dropped Squats, DLs, and Cleans, to focus on Bench and Press. After over a month of this, I added them back in with a MASSIVE deload. There has been discomfort from time to time, but nothing to make me think this wasn't something that I couldn't live with... until today.
I will back up to a week ago: I learned that my city was going to have a powerlifitng meet. Most of the "local" meets are over an hour away (the one I competed in back in 2012 was 3+ hours away), and so the prospect of having a local meet got me excited. I knew I wouldn't be ready to compete in it this year, but the idea of it rekindled the desire I have to compete again in the near future, so I decided to see how heavy a moderately heavy feeling set of five would be on the squat. I got up to 245 and felt fine, but decided to not push it further. That night, I had some discomfort, but nothing alarming or out of the ordinary. That was Tuesday. Today, I tried for 3 sets of 5 at 250, but after a single set I was in quite a bit of pain. I skipped the other two sets, did some light DL (1×5@215), with no real increase on pain.
I think it may be time to see a doctor.