I've Always Lifted, Love it, Addicted, But, Now Issues with Pinched Nerves

  • 6packabs

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    Dec 31, 2015 1:07 AM GMT
    Right along the inner scapula's (shoulder blades), just underneath, I get muscle that becomes so damn tight that nerves start to get pinched and then, specifically my right arm more than the left, goes numb or gets really painful.

    I went to a sports medicine clinic, and did that for two month straight. I though they were pretty worthless. They would talk to me about stretching, and give me a little bit of pathetic massages, which didn't help me. Their machine maxed out and attached to the muscles though---that was arguably better than an orgasm, it was so magnificent in flexing those muscles that otherwise were so drawn in and tight, so desperate for relief.

    I've just sort of stopped intense lifting, and it bums me out. Does anyone know of or have experience on how to resolve issues like this, get them properly diagnosed and addressed?




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    Dec 31, 2015 5:04 PM GMT
    I can empathize with your situation. 4 years ago I sustained serious injury to back, neck shoulder and arms. Pinched nerve, torn ligament in shoulder ect. After surgery in my shoulder, it took at least 2 years to get Range of motion (ROM) back.

    I have gone to physical therapist several times and I have to agree with you, Waste of time. And sports med.

    I have found for me, doing little lite lifting just to keep the muscle tuned with out further aggravating injuries helped a great deal.

    Best thing to do is listen to your body, re-learn what you can do and can't do.

    See a orthopedic specialist in the area of the body to learn if there is something that can be done, and ask what is the best way to go about getting back or close as to where you was lifting.

    I be interested to learn of your progress.

    Cheers bud.
  • fitartistsf

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    Dec 31, 2015 5:40 PM GMT
    I know what you're going through as well…
    About three years ago I got a pinched nerve in my left side, upper back around the scapula, and for several months somewhat deadened my left side, also giving me prickly fingers in the tips of my pointer finger and thumb, similar to when you bang your elbow... Even now when I lift lighter, but get to the end of my sets and fatigue my left side is slightly weaker than my right side. Along with throwing out the small of my back several times over the last three or four years, and just recently this past summer, is one of the reasons why I have not updated a lot of my photos here on RJ, in five years, because I have not been able to sustain the heavy lifting regimen to gain the size I have always aspired to attain…
    I have however found some relief over the last couple years when I have an episode of throwing out my back or overtraining a body part and experience pain, with a very good CMT. I live in a small town in Southern California, just north of Los Angeles, and the personal trainer that I've had for over eight years now is one of the best in the business. She recommended my masseuse, who works with sports, and athletic person's, as well as the everyday run-of-the-mill person. Shortly after my pinched nerve episode three years ago, after weeks of pain and limited mobility, within a very short period of time, I had quite a bit of relief with this masseuse. I still see her, on the occasion when I do get a flareup of pain and it really helps.
    Initially, the masseuse asked me after the pinch nerve episode what my stretching regimen had been, and I had to be truthful with her that I had not been stretching well for several years, and with my age now being mid 50s, it was a build up of stress that caused the pinched nerve and other subsequent injuries....
    At this point in my life, I've had a really hard blow to deal psychologically with the thought that I will never be competition size as I have tried to attain the last 25 years… And both my trainer, masseuse, and even my doctor told me that I should just lean out, and just try to look good visibly as I age... I will still be able to work out, have a nice body physically, but I just have to give up the dream of being a large bodybuilder, and hopes that I would look good enough for a guy that is bigger or more defined than me physically…
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    Dec 31, 2015 6:14 PM GMT
    I know this will sound foolish but I know it works.

    Get a pretty good sized teddy bear to nestle at the bend in your affected arm. Sleep with it every night.

    Increase your intake of vitamin b and vitamin c. Give it 6 months.

    All better.
  • jperfit

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    Dec 31, 2015 7:13 PM GMT
    jimib saidI know this will sound foolish but I know it works.

    Get a pretty good sized teddy bear to nestle at the bend in your affected arm. Sleep with it every night.

    Increase your intake of vitamin b and vitamin c. Give it 6 months.

    All better.


    I would go a step further and get some benfotiamine which was originally researched for sciatica; this is the b1 molecule that has been :-) restructured from water soluble to fat soluble it supports proper nerve function as well as maintaining good blood/sugar levels, also start taking acetyl l carnitine 500 milligrams daily, this will also help a graet deal, endless studies on acetyl,, look it up when u get the chance


  • badbug

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    Dec 31, 2015 11:37 PM GMT

    What do you mean at the "bend" of your arm?

    Do you mean like have your arm flexed? Or have the teddy bear at the joint, with the arm straight?




    ... I have heard nothing but great things about stem cell treatments. I am not sure where you could get them in your area, the closest place i can find is california and it's about 2500 dollars. If cash isn't too much of an issue, maybe take a trip. I am thinking about it for my tendonitis, i live in Canada so hopefully i can just get the damn shit for free if any clinics around here offer it in the next year. 2500 dollars is a lot of money for me right now.


    Right now i do a lot of stretching and have cut my sugar intake. That seems to do the trick. The biggest culprit for me, is the computer. If i limit my use, things get better pretty quickly. Oddly enough, it's not the hand i use the mouse with...but it clearly gets better when i stop using the computer as much.


  • 6packabs

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    Jan 01, 2016 7:49 AM GMT
    Thanks all for sharing.

    That's hard, KyMaverick, glad you're on the mend and finding how to keep some tone. Glad I'm not alone in finding sports medicine worthless---but, in the most intense pain I had, my brother sent me with a gift certificate to his massage therapist. I was bummed a little that she was female, feeling she would be a little "weak" on me, as I had tried a few others, including huge buff guys, and they didn't even begin to work the inner scapula as I thought they would. She did though. Oh man. What a gifted set of hands she had. She moved my whole upper right back around like one huge plate, the scapula and all of its muscles together, which connect up to the neck, to the spine, to the shoulders, and down to the pelvis. How amazing was that experience and visibly, after the massage, looking in the mirror at her place my face looked puffy. "You better drink a ton of water, keep hydrated, we have released a ton of toxins, and you need to keep hydrated to flush them out" she told me as she handed me a bottle of water. That one 90 minute massage session brought me some normalcy and relief from what had been constant discomfort for months, and on some levels, even years.

    Fitartistsf, realizing we do age and can't do what we once did, is painful.

    Yeah, keep lean and trim and enjoy life in the moment, I suppose, and we must learn not to yearn for the past. That takes some serious spiritual attention to get past the pain of such a lamentation that can set in on our zest for life and coming to grapple with the fact that this body doesn't yet hold the secret to sustained youth (although more and more people in spiritual philosophies are talking about "ascension" and slowing age down, but I won't get into that here, I like to toy with the idea that such amazing things are possible).

    I love the idea of a teddy bear, but oh man, I'd like a manly bear, that would really make me happy as I sleep each night. Where is he? Maybe on this site somewhere? Ahaha.


    jperfitI would go a step further and get some benfotiamine which was originally researched for sciatica; this is the b1 molecule that has been :-) restructured from water soluble to fat soluble it supports proper nerve function as well as maintaining good blood/sugar levels, also start taking acetyl l carnitine 500 milligrams daily, this will also help a great deal, endless studies on acetyl,, look it up when u get the chance


    I'm liking that man. Awesome! I'll have some google searching to do.

    badbugThe biggest culprit for me, is the computer.


    Oh yes, that is true. I can't sit at the computer for very long, that totally aggravates and gets things going wrong again.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jan 01, 2016 12:57 PM GMT
    After dealing with a right rotator cuff injury that kept me sidelined from swimming for 3 1/2 years, I finally healed up. I had tried literally everything, even had scheduled surgery. Before my surgery date, I decided to see if acupuncture would work, and it did! Not right away though, it took a good eight months of treatments. Also, another RJer had recommended turmeric supplements, so I started taking those also, and got very rapid healing. I canceled the surgery, and since the summer, I have gradually built up my swimming to previous levels. Yesterday, at the health club, I was able to do my old swimming workout, 110 laps. That was the first time in four years I was able to do that with no pain.
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    Jan 01, 2016 4:12 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidAfter dealing with a right rotator cuff injury that kept me sidelined from swimming for 3 1/2 years, I finally healed up. I had tried literally everything, even had scheduled surgery. Before my surgery date, I decided to see if acupuncture would work, and it did! Not right away though, it took a good eight months of treatments. Also, another RJer had recommended turmeric supplements, so I started taking those also, and got very rapid healing. I canceled the surgery, and since the summer, I have gradually built up my swimming to previous levels. Yesterday, at the health club, I was able to do my old swimming workout, 110 laps. That was the first time in four years I was able to do that with no pain.



    They cancelled my rotator cuff surgery after I found a women knowledge in lymphatic massage. I had tried all kinds of physical therapy with no real cure. She says she was going deep and cleaning between the muscles.
  • camfer

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    Jan 01, 2016 5:00 PM GMT
    Maybe this video will prove helpful to you.

    Hope it resolves soon.



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    Jan 02, 2016 2:07 AM GMT
    badbug said
    What do you mean at the "bend" of your arm?

    Do you mean like have your arm flexed? Or have the teddy bear at the joint, with the arm straight?




    ... I have heard nothing but great things about stem cell treatments. I am not sure where you could get them in your area, the closest place i can find is california and it's about 2500 dollars. If cash isn't too much of an issue, maybe take a trip. I am thinking about it for my tendonitis, i live in Canada so hopefully i can just get the damn shit for free if any clinics around here offer it in the next year. 2500 dollars is a lot of money for me right now.


    Right now i do a lot of stretching and have cut my sugar intake. That seems to do the trick. The biggest culprit for me, is the computer. If i limit my use, things get better pretty quickly. Oddly enough, it's not the hand i use the mouse with...but it clearly gets better when i stop using the computer as much.




    The bend of your arm is exactly opposite your elbow.
  • rdberg1957

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    Jan 02, 2016 4:18 AM GMT
    I had 25 years of back problems and have been free of spasms for about ten years due to a combination of rehab techniques. That area along the inner scapula has been a difficult area for me, but was more inflamed than injured seriously. Rest

    I have had luck in rehab of injuries with multiple players. Some physical therapists have been worthless because they don't diagnose problems and come up with treatments for the specific problem. I have found physical therapists who are way better than others. One physical therapist did a thorough exam and used osteopathic manipulation which was helpful. Same is true of chiropractors. I had a chiropractor who was a football player in college and used a combination of chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy techniques and was very helpful. I have found really good massage therapists who have extensive training in sports massage who really get at problem areas. As part of the physical therapy program, the issues were diagnosed by a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in body mechanics. There are very few of them, but she pinpointed muscle problems very well, and prescribed treatments for the physical therapists to address the issues.

    I had a trainer who was a bodybuilder who did manual stretching when my hips were so tight. He did the Aaron Mattes method of Active Isolated Stretching. It helped with numerous problems, including the hip rotators. I continue to use active isolated stretching to maintain flexibility. My take-away is that you have to hunt around for people who really excel at what they do. When I was hurting, I talked to people to find out who was good.
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    Jan 04, 2016 11:26 PM GMT
    Time (like months) away from lifting is the only thing that is going to help. It's basically the lifter's version of carpal tunnel. I've got it just above my right shoulder blade, which is the primary muscles used to manipulate the controls in the planes I fly for a living (no autopilot). In 2014 I had to take 6 months off work for it to go away completely. Now I stretch more, but it still comes back from time to time and I have to take a break.