Forearm Pain During and After Bicep Exercises

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    Aug 03, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Hey all, just curious if any of you have experienced what is happening to me right now.

    I'm on day 6 of p90x. I'm trying to get a low BF% before I start lifting for size. However, I've noticed a pain in my forearms during bicep curls. It seems to be located where the under-forearm muscle connects to the bone (if you hold your arms out in front it's located on the underside of the forearm and somewhat on the outside). I've had this pain for a few years. I've taken breaks from forearm exercises to see if it would subside, but it hasn't. It always acts up when I start doing curls again. I have found SOME exercises that avoid this pain, such as hammer curls, but my choices are very limited as you can imagine.

    In high school I ran a bit in sports and developed shin splints. For those of you who have ever had that type of pain before, it's VERY similar to the pain I get in my forearms. Identical, really. Lingering, dull, but painful.

    Is there such a thing as forearm splints? Also, if you've had it, what did you do to relieve or even get rid of the pain?

    I'll ask my doctor when I see him, but appointments take about a month to get.
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    Aug 03, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    I have some good news and some bad news.

    The good news is it only tendonitis.

    The bad news it's tendonitis.

    It's not uncommon for these type of overuse injuries to last for months or even years.

    Avoid the activities that cause pain.

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    Aug 03, 2011 2:16 PM GMT
    I just finished one round of P90X when I noticed a pain in my left wrist. It's strange, sort of how you described it. If I have my palms up, it's located at the wrist on the right side.

    The really odd thing is that just this past week after letting it rest, the pain moved to be in the middle of the wrist. I think it might have to do with the tendons, not sure.

    It only hurts when I twist my wrist.

    The pain subsides if I let it rest, perhaps you can try doing that for a while. Just don't work on it to make it hurt. Give the area a break.
  • gym0711

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    Aug 03, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    Probably a mild case of tendonitis. I'm going though the same thing right now. I took a week off from the gym and limited the weight I used for back/arm exercises for a few weeks and it's finally getting better. For me aspirin was really helpful. Ibuprofen didn't seem to help at all.

    BTW, soreness from tendonitis can last for months.
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    Aug 03, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    A couple years ago, I developed a bad case of tendonitis in my elbows from overtraining on bicep curls. I tried to keep going by using wrist/elbow braces and Advil (and working around it with hammer curls) but it wasn't enough. Couldn't even pick up a bag of groceries without pain. Had to stop weight training completely for about four months and then slowly work my way back (sorry, I know that sucks).

    Traditional physical therapy didn't help much but the Graston Technique seemed to do the trick. Beware though, it is still experimental/controversial with little controlled scientific study to back it up. Regardless whether it was Graston or passage of time, I was just happy to have the pain go away. Not cheap, but fortunately my insurance covered most of it.

    I'm much more careful now, and only have occasional minor flare ups on the left side. My chiropractor does a massage and adjustment that takes care of it.

    A month is way too long to wait for your doctor when you need help, but may as well get the appointment made. That's where you really need to get your advice. Good luck!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 04, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    TerraFirma saidI just finished one round of P90X when I noticed a pain in my left wrist. It's strange, sort of how you described it. If I have my palms up, it's located at the wrist on the right side.

    The really odd thing is that just this past week after letting it rest, the pain moved to be in the middle of the wrist. I think it might have to do with the tendons, not sure.

    It only hurts when I twist my wrist.

    The pain subsides if I let it rest, perhaps you can try doing that for a while. Just don't work on it to make it hurt. Give the area a break.


    I did P90X and had a little soreness there -not pain. I got the perfect push up and the soreness is gone.

    I think it was a better way for me to do push ups. A buddy got them for me on Ebay a yr. ago alot cheaper than in stores, but after having them and liking them I got a second pair and gave them to him. I paid full price. Sometimes they r on Ebay.
  • incubus2008

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    Aug 06, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    sounds like tendonitis...but there is a condition called arm pump..best thing to do, lay off, and RICE.
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    Aug 06, 2011 11:46 PM GMT
    It sounds like tendonitis, but none of us are physicians that have seen you and do not know your history. If it is, you may be doing the exercise wrong (bad angle) or too much too soon. Moderation for beginning anything new.

    Below will help regardless:

    Rest
    Ice
    Compression
    Elevation

    Best of luck.
  • disasterpiece

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    Jan 19, 2012 8:45 AM GMT
    I get pretty much the same thing at the gym. It could be a tendonitis, but not necessarily.

    Sometimes, the reason why you have sharp pain is because you have weak wrists and forearms.In relative terms, you may have much stronger front delts and biceps than wrists and forearms, which is why you get pain in that area.

    Try giving yourself break until the pain has eased off. Then when you come back work on strenthening your forearms and wrists, with exercises like farmer's walk, lever lifts, reverse curls, etc.
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    Mar 18, 2012 1:55 AM GMT
    Like others have said it sounds like tendonitis, but if you find the pain also seems to come from one of the bones it is possible to be a stress fracture.

    I had a stress fracture in my right ulna last year which took 4 weeks of no upper body weights to heal.

    But you wont have a proper answer until you see a dr.
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    Mar 18, 2012 4:50 AM GMT
    People are usually surprised to find that complete rest normally makes tendonitis worse. The answer is DRASTICALLY reducing the weight until you can perform the exercise without pain, but not stopping. If you have to drop it down to 3lb dumbbells, so be it. Just go with 20 reps. Believe it or not, you will still put on muscle. The other thing is finding the angle that produces the least amount of pain, which it sounds like you're already doing. Hammer curls are usually better, but something in between works well sometimes too. Try varying degrees of angles. Oh, and stay away from barbell isolation exercises until you heal. Barbells lock your joints into a particular position and can force your elbow into a position that can increase pain and inflammation.