Unable to lift with my left arm

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    May 22, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
    I'm currently unable to do heavy lifting with my left arm (and likely won't be able to ever again), push ups are pretty much out of the question as well. Am I pretty much screwed when it comes to muscle building in my chest/arms?
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    May 22, 2012 7:33 AM GMT
    I don't know the answer, so I'll just post a picture of a pretty guy to keep the thread alive so someone who does know the answer can answer the question.

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    May 22, 2012 7:45 AM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca saidI'm currently unable to do heavy lifting with my left arm (and likely won't be able to ever again), push ups are pretty much out of the question as well. Am I pretty much screwed when it comes to muscle building in my chest/arms?

    Did you injure your arm? Can you lift in one position but not another?
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    May 22, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    Caslon19000 said
    DoomsDayAlpaca saidI'm currently unable to do heavy lifting with my left arm (and likely won't be able to ever again), push ups are pretty much out of the question as well. Am I pretty much screwed when it comes to muscle building in my chest/arms?

    Did you injure your arm? Can you lift in one position but not another?


    No nothing like that, I've talked about it a bit before on here but I have a dialysis graft in my left forearm which means it starts in my wrist right by my arm, and goes into where my elbow/bicep meet.

    For awhile I was reading this http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/drobson269.htm as a kind of inspirational story but after some recent issues I had (which may or may not have anything to do with my training) has my doctor wanting me to give it all up. I've already given up MMA and Muay Thai preemptively, so I'm really hoping this isn't next.
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    May 22, 2012 8:00 AM GMT
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  • May 22, 2012 1:15 PM GMT
    Hi! I came across this when I was searching on here and I had the same problem I was in a bad car accident in Oct of last year and my left side is sooo much weaker then my right side, i had to have spinal surgery do to this car accident and was told that I would always have this weekness in my left side but I had used a heating pad and took mussel relaxers and did small exercises at first and now I am somewhat back to normal so no just take small exercises at first and build up to more but make sure that you consult your Dr. on this before you start! Good luck to you do not give up just push it man you will get stronger! Shawn.
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    May 22, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    Caslon19000 said
    DoomsDayAlpaca saidI'm currently unable to do heavy lifting with my left arm (and likely won't be able to ever again), push ups are pretty much out of the question as well. Am I pretty much screwed when it comes to muscle building in my chest/arms?

    Did you injure your arm? Can you lift in one position but not another?



    No, he suffers from COSS (aka "Chip On Shoulder Syndrome") Years of carrying one of those around can have harmful effects to the elbows and all the way down to the wrists and even fingertips. It can be debilitating. icon_eek.gif
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    May 22, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    Talk to a physiotherapist. I doubt that you are 'screwed'.
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    May 22, 2012 7:17 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Caslon19000 said
    DoomsDayAlpaca saidI'm currently unable to do heavy lifting with my left arm (and likely won't be able to ever again), push ups are pretty much out of the question as well. Am I pretty much screwed when it comes to muscle building in my chest/arms?

    Did you injure your arm? Can you lift in one position but not another?



    No, he suffers from COSS (aka "Chip On Shoulder Syndrome") Years of carrying one of those around can have harmful effects to the elbows and all the way down to the wrists and even fingertips. It can be debilitating. icon_eek.gif



    Really aren't helping your case.
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    May 22, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    sweetyork saidTalk to a physiotherapist. I doubt that you are 'screwed'.


    Me or looking?
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    May 22, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    I agree about the physical therapist. They are amazing. A good one can help you to know what you can do and also where the limits are and how to handle it all safely. Ask your doctor for a reference and try to get it all covered by insurance.

    One good outfit here has very moderately priced access to their facility for folks who are not doing therapy any longer but like the specialized equipment. A great deal.