So I go to bed the other night with some mild discomfort in the mid/upper back (Thoracic?). It's something I've experienced every so often and it's usually worse when I wake, presumably from laying on it all night. I've always attributed it to some activity I've done the day before that I don't do very often like painting or landscaping for example. So the other night I wake up in the middle of the night in real discomfort and had to take pain killer to get back to sleep. The only thing I can think of was that the day before I'd done some brushing down of the gutters which involved holding and moving a broom overhead. Does this sound like a likely cause?
It definately feels muscular, though quite deep, like massaging the surface does nothing but if pressure is applied in a general sense I can certainly feel it and if I bend certain ways it hurts more. It's a dull type of pain that's sort of always there but can be intense if I move the wrong way. It is NOT lumbar but higher in the back, and feels strained, not just DOMS.
I do the regular back exercises like hypers, deads, rows etc and know what normal DOMS feels like in the back and nothing I have ever done in the gym has caused anything like this.
My question is, should other back work be incorporated into a routine that involves off-centre exercises like medicine ball work or something? I guess there'll always be something you might do one day that you haven't trained for and your muscles will complain later.