Pain in Bicep and Forearm.


  • May 06, 2013 8:45 PM GMT
    I started seriously lifting about a year ago. After a few months I started having pain in my right bicep and forearm. I saw my doc who gave me a quick exam and said he thought it was tennis elbow. He told me to lay off lifting for a week or so and to use a FlexBar 3 times a day 12 to 15 reps and then ease back into lifting - light then slowly add weight. His advice seemed to help, but the pain never went away completely. However, I could tolerate it by working different muscle groups so I'd have a few days off between arm workouts. I've noticed that the exercises/motions that seem to cause the pain are pull-ups or pull downs, bicep curls and the like. This problem has prevented me from getting my arms bigger, and, the affected arm feels weaker. Anyone out there have a similar problem, know what it is and how to repair it? I don't have physical therapy coverage, so I'm trying to do this on my own. Any help would be appreciated.
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    May 06, 2013 10:59 PM GMT
    I'm not a medical professional by any means, but I self-treated tennis elbow and it's completely gone.

    I started with the theraband, but it didn't get me all the way there. I moved on to eccentric reverse wrist curls on a cable machine - I'd use my other hand to raise the hand up and then let it slowly lower, keeping the tension against the weight as it lowered. Low weights but it was more resistance than the theraband could provide. That, plus antinflammatories, utlimately did the trick.
  • calibro

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    May 07, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    given you all my years' worth of medical training, it's time to consider amputation
  • waccamatt

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    May 07, 2013 3:27 AM GMT
    calibro saidgiven you all my years' worth of medical training, it's time to consider amputation


    I agree - that will definitely remove the problem.
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    May 08, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    Is this doc an orthopedic physician? If not, that's who you need to see.
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    May 09, 2013 12:21 AM GMT
    Would massage therapy be an option? There are plenty of masseurs specializing in sport and fitness related problems, and these can be addressed with them personally so that they know what to concentrate their attention on.
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    May 09, 2013 12:43 AM GMT
    Heyo,

    Could you tell me where on this pic you feel the pain?

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    Is it near the elbow area? If so, is it on the outside or inside?

    How long exactly has the pain been going on since it first started?

    Can you describe the pain? And can you bring on the pain by palpating (feeling and pressing) around and in the area?

    The thing with tennis elbow, or more formally known as lateral epicondylitis (now being considered more of a epicondyalgia/epicondylosis, rather than a true -itis), it does not radiate down the forearm or up in the biceps. That's the reason I posted the pic, so I can get a better understanding of where the pain is, and how diffuse the pain is.

    Could you answer these questions first?

    Thanks!
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    May 09, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    waccamatt said
    calibro saidgiven you all my years' worth of medical training, it's time to consider amputation


    I agree - that will definitely remove the problem.
    What if the pain continues via "phantom limb?" icon_wink.gif

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_limb
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    May 11, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    waccamatt said
    calibro saidgiven you all my years' worth of medical training, it's time to consider amputation


    I agree - that will definitely remove the problem.
    What if the pain continues via "phantom limb?" icon_wink.gif

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_limb


    Then some desensitization techniques are in order. lol

    We had a orthopedic surgeon come in to do a lecture on the lower leg, ankle, and foot. Basically, half his recommendations for injuries was: amputate. Our whole class just looked at each other with raised brows.
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    May 21, 2013 10:44 AM GMT
    You really should get something like this checked out, please.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    May 21, 2013 11:32 AM GMT
    showme saidI'm not a medical professional by any means, but I self-treated tennis elbow and it's completely gone.

    I started with the theraband, but it didn't get me all the way there. I moved on to eccentric reverse wrist curls on a cable machine - I'd use my other hand to raise the hand up and then let it slowly lower, keeping the tension against the weight as it lowered. Low weights but it was more resistance than the theraband could provide. That, plus antinflammatories, utlimately did the trick.


    ^Me Too. I also take some supplements that help with inflammation ..... It took me about 3 months to get it gone and now it's starting again.
  • tiger13

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    Jul 06, 2013 4:13 PM GMT
    This is frustrating me right now, too!

    I've been on a protocol of wrist flexor stretches, forearm eccentric strengthening, and rest from upper body. For me stretching is key, I believe the cause of my situation was poor arm flexibility/mobility leading to the over-use.

    Every couple weeks I assess where I'm at with a couple slow, light weight curl reps and the pain has significantly reduced (but not gone) after 7 weeks.

    Curiously, I tried two of these test reps after doing my flexor stretches and zero pain.