all valid points, I didn't go into great detail, but my point was, anytime there is that much pain. Shooting pain into legs or torso, it is usually more than a strain.
I had a buldge betweeen L3-L4 and my chiro was able to get me back into shape and working in a very physical job. This was a month of recovery, PT, xray's, MRI, Orthopedic and my Chiro.
Internet diagnosis from us, hahaha, I was just stating a Chiropractor can help to keep the back structure sound and a good Chiro or PT and help to strengthen the core muscles and proper stretching techniques.
I was picking up a computer mouse box off the floor when mine went, yes that was the final straw as years of bad lifting practices lead to that.
My companies doctor and my regualar doctor just wanted to fill me up with drugs and send me back to work, again paraphase, but he didn't take the time to find the root cause, again my point.
Either way get good doctors and get those core muscles back in shape.