Screwed: Or am I?

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    Aug 10, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    Been working out for 4 years and change. I'll spare you the details of my life story but a few weeks ago, I noticed a pain in my right shoulder. I ignored it--continued to lift heavy (135 warm up 20x and then 225, 245 and 255). Towards the end of that workout a few weeks ago, i knew I was in a lot of trouble. It was throbbing. Tried to do chest last night after a week and a half of laying off of it and now I can't even bench the bar. Yeah.....

    Here's the caveat: I can do ALL the other exercises. I can do back (heavy). I can do legs. I can even do shoulders!! But the second I put the slightest amount of weight (pushing) on my right palm, it hurts bad enough I make a face. lol.

    My question: I'm going to lay off of it for two solid weeks. Maybe three. In that time period, what will I lose? Should I continue exercising the other parts of my body even though it doesn't hurt to do so? How do I keep some form of muscle I've worked so hard to put on over the last 4 years? I'm paranoid of going back to square 1---the day I picked up a dumb bell for the first time.

    Thanks!
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 10, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    fractured bone??
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    Aug 10, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    Go to the doctor.

    Sounds like you can still do other body party's tho
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    Aug 10, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    Instead of asking the internet, you should prob see a doctor.

    and to answer your question, I don't believe you should see any muscle loss in a 2 week span, sure you might be sore more when you come back but that's it.
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    Aug 10, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    Okay, again, the question is what is lost to atrophy in a two to three week window of not working out? I understand I need to see a doctor but I'm curious as to how far back the setback is. Does muscle loss come back quick?
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    Aug 10, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    Whatever is "lost" from 2 weeks of rest, you don't really have a choice. So dont fret over it.

    And from the symtoms (spelling?) looks like you got a tore muscle on the chest/back and another muscle is taking over it's work load.
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    Aug 10, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    Probably a torn rotator cuff. See a doc.
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    Aug 10, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    I wouldn't worry too much. I just took a 2 week vacation and was really paranoid about strength/hypertrophy loss as well but google really didn't offer much except anecdotal posts.

    Most people seemed to say what they gained the hardest also was lost the slowest. Quick gaining body parts lost the fastest.

    In 2 weeks I didn't really notice any loss. I'd say I pretty much struggled to meet my previous numbers but on some I actually went up - I think the break actually did me good.

    Short form: don't worry about a couple weeks - just keep eating properly.
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    Aug 10, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    screw going to the doctors go to a physiotherapist and get it properly assessed!

    What you'll lose? not much, a few numbers but that'll be it, visually you'll stay about the same without many noticeable losses.

    When you feel discomfort keep going when you feel actual pain though STOP that's actually damage in a really bad way!
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    Aug 11, 2012 2:14 PM GMT
    perhaps check out a chiropractor before the doctor if you think it may not be that serious