Pain in left bicep when benching

  • Rowing_Ant

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    Aug 03, 2012 12:37 PM GMT
    Just wondering if anyone can help.

    I get a lot, and I mean a lot, of pain in my left bicep when benching, and in fact the muscle goes into spasm and becomes totally weak before my chest even feals its been worked out.

    Today I tried to bench 50kg and after two reps my left arm felt like it was going to collapse from my left bicep hurting like mad and the whole arm going weak.

    I also get pain in that bicep when I do tricep pull downs and dips.

    I think it's just too tight perhaps as I cannot think when I have ever injured that arm or shoulder.

    I have notes from six years ago (2006) from my ex-trainer that refer to the same problem when benching and doing press ups and his recommendations that I stick to flies.

    Anyone got any advice?
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    Aug 03, 2012 12:47 PM GMT

    Sounds like a pull or even a slight tear to me, but there is not enough information here to make a diagnosis. I would consult a doctor.

  • Rowing_Ant

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    Aug 03, 2012 12:51 PM GMT
    The pain is bang in the belly of the bicep; I thought perhaps it was where the pectoral attaches but its not in the right place for that. But the whole arm going to jelly.....dunno icon_eek.gif

    It seems to be a consistent thing over a number of years....It could be from over use and too tight.
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    Aug 03, 2012 12:52 PM GMT
    It might be a good idea to stop benching, and see a doctor.
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:10 PM GMT
    Maybe you have scar tissue or something actually "in" the muscle tissue? Perhaps it's compressing against the muscle every time you contract, hitting a nerve? Get it looked at by a medical professional. Maybe a cyst? or calcium deposit? All conjecture here... but do get it checked out, bro.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Aug 03, 2012 1:28 PM GMT
    I'll go see my Doc and/or a Phsyio. Cos this pain has really put the kibosh on my benching for years. I just started back at it this week, and ow ow ow ow ow
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    Aug 03, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    If you think the muscle is too tight then you need to foam roll it. Most guys never do this and then they have tight muscles
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Aug 03, 2012 4:26 PM GMT

    Seeing the Doc is the first and foremost before going forward on your routine. After they make a dx...here is a good synopsis of active bicep/tendon stretching:

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    Aug 03, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    You make reference to a strong pain from the belly of the muscle and a reference to the same or similar situation in 2006. You may wish to see a massage therapist for an assessment. While I doubt from your description that it has anything to do with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, there does seem to be a potential for micro-tears having developed scar tissue, in which case you will need deep tissue work to create healthy scar tissue.

    While it is not good to generalize, many allopathic doctors are not well versed in soft tissue injuries. There may also be a trigger point issue here; although I think - from the limited information - you are probably looking at scar tissue.
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    Aug 05, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    It strikes me as possibly something neurological. I think it's highly unlikely that mere "tightness" would go on for that long and cause such pain. I would probably start with a sports medicine doctor.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 05, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    BiItalianBro said
    Seeing the Doc is the first and foremost before going forward on your routine. After they make a dx...here is a good synopsis of active bicep/tendon stretching:

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    This and when you are cleared by a Dr. to bench again start with a 10 or 12 push ups first.icon_idea.gif
  • Litmop

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    Aug 05, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    It's a tumor.
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    Aug 06, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    Bench with your right arm instead.
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    Aug 06, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBench with your right arm instead.


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