I have been an avid weight lifter for years. I feel I always used good form but do lift heavy and maybe it has caught up to me.
My back felt worn out so I took a week off and noticed a nagging soreness in between my shoulder blades.
Took another week off and the soreness went away but still felt a nagging discomfort in my back after 2 weeks off.
Finally after 3 weeks the discomfort seemed to have regressed to a point that I could train again. But I still notice it regularly.
Exercise doesn't seem to make it worse. But I read that leg presses are the worst exercise when having an injured disc. So I tried the exercise and yep, I felt an uncomfortable pressure right in my middle back. But other exercises don't bother it. Some even feel good on my back!
The pain is not severe. Some days I barely notice it at all. Other days it is a noticeable, nagging and annoying discomfort. Pain goes between 0-3 out of 10. On bad days 4 out of 10. So not bad.
Should I get this checked out? Or should I take another month off of training to see if it will heal? I love training so it is hard for me to take time off. But I don't want this to get worse.