Shoulder injury

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    Sep 10, 2007 1:51 AM GMT
    I've just recently injured my left shoulder by doing chest press. Strangely enough it's been the same weight I've been doing for the past year, but somehow, last week when I was doing it my shoulder started hurting. I stopped immediately, but if I put any sort of resistance on it it hurts. It doesn't hurt when I'm not lifting tho. So a couple of questions here.

    1). It's been about a week and it still hurts, although it may have gotten slightly better (or maybe I'm just imagining it because I really want the pain to go away so I can work out again). ANy way to speed up the recovery process? I remember I had something similar happen to me last year with my wrist, and the doctor I saw (after 3 months of not getting better) gave me a high dose naproxen prescription and with that it went away in about a week. Is it wise to self-medicate with aleve, with the regular aleve dose, not the high prescription dose? (I think that one's some sort of naproxen derivative). I really can't afford to see a doctor for $80 bucks or buy a $60 prescription of naproxen if he does give me one.

    2). Any other chest, back, and shoulder (I'm not expecting much for this third clearly but I figure I'd throw it in there) exercises that I can do that won't put strain on it? I feel like shit now that I can't work out those muscles. It's making me restless, and also making me feel physically "flabby", which is somethign I always get if I stop working out for an extended period. I did find one for back (reverse flies) but that's kind of different from the row-type ones that I'd like to also do. Anyway, any help appreciated
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    Sep 10, 2007 2:31 AM GMT
    You need to be very careful with shoulders. I injured mine some time back, and you will need to give it all the time it needs to recover.

    Shoulder injuries are amongst the most common in weight training because it is a complex array of muscles. Good form is always the key.

    Stay away from trying to work through the injury and let it heal naturally.

    good luck
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    Oct 29, 2007 12:51 AM GMT
    Bump and Update!

    So this still hasn't gotten well. It was improving rapidly at first but stopped, and it is still painful when I put even slight resistance on it. The pain isn't much with light resistance, but I'm not in the mood to try heavy resistance and risk fucking it up more.

    I've tried ice and aleve (naproxen) and it didn't get better. Some days it's better than others. At this point I'm not sure what to do. Since I can't go to the gym I've lost considerable and visible muscle mass, which sucks because it takes me a very long time to put on muscle.

    Any advice? Any chest/tricep/general upper body exercises I can do that won't aggrivate this injury? Help! I do intend to go to the doctor but not for another few weeks if I can help it, because I'm pretty sure he's going to prescribe a bigger dose of naproxen or something similar anyways.
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    Nov 01, 2007 4:18 PM GMT
    My calc III teacher just got out of shoulder surgury and explain about his injury. He said that the cartlige was torn or something and it kept poping out of place. It hurt and he put it off for so long that it bascially destroyed the cartlige. Not tryin to put out the worst case incidents, but i would probably go get it checked out after a week of rest to make sure it's not serious. Though i don't really trust doctors haha. Hit or miss.....
  • LoganITGuy

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    Nov 14, 2007 2:01 AM GMT
    I fucked up my shoulder playing volleyball in san diego in june. layed low for a few weeks & thought it was good. this past weekend i was putting on my seat belt & BAM! it's back. total pain now...like a contant headache. i'm off to a sports injury doctor tomorrow. i'm fearing the worst... i'll give you my prognosis & treatment. i'm honestly worried because this is the first time in my life i've been able to get bigger at the gym & i'm starting to like my body. i'm by no means saying i'm a greek god, but i'm happy with how i look & the work i've put in the past few months. i'm going to be really depressed if he says no working out for weeks or longer... maybe i can get some anti-depressants too.
  • LoganITGuy

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    Nov 15, 2007 1:55 AM GMT
    As promised the reply...

    After some fun with the insurance company....

    Doc did range of motion tests, only a few gave some pain. Took x-rays and nothing looks bad. So I'm on physical therapy for 2 weeks and some anti-inflamatory meds (naproxen - which is basically aleve). He also said I can still to lower body exercises and any arm exercises that keep the upper arm/shoulder stable (so curls or triceps using machines). I can do that for a while I guess. no chest exercises though. After 2 weeks another visit with the doc. If there's still pain then off to the MRI machine I go.
  • LoganITGuy

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    Dec 16, 2007 1:38 AM GMT
    Not sure if anyone is following the thread, but there wasn't any progress with physical therapy. Last week I had my MRI (needles into the shoulder = not fun)

    The doc showed me the images and I have a small tear and damage to my labrum. Surgery coming up in January.

    Anyone have to go through this before???