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Q: This morning, I squatted to lift a 5 gallon jug of water onto the water cooler. I used good form (bent at the knees, not at the hip), however, when I lifted I experienced a very sharp pain from what, initially, felt like my left hip. Since this occurrence, I have a constant pain (2 out of 10) while standing, walking, laying, that is coming from my left lower back and radiating around my left groin and down my inner left thigh. I am unable to sit, squat, bend over, or move to a sitting or laying position without experiencing very sharp and extreme pain. To pick something up off the floor I have to slowly get down on my knees. I had to call in sick for my night shift tonight because I cannot move from sitting to standing positions, or vice versa, due to this pain. What is likely my problem, and what should I do about it? Thank you for your time.

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