Favoring one side

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    Feb 26, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    So I've been dealing with panic attacks for the past two years now, right now I have them in check so here's hoping they stay away. The panic attacks caused the left side of my body to feel numb, so now that I've started weight training again, my left arm gives out way before my right arm does. What would be a good way to remedy this problem?
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    Feb 26, 2010 7:54 PM GMT
    I don't have numbness, but it annoys the hell out of me that since I'm right handed that my right arm is a little bigger than my left. I refuse to stop lifting w/ my right arm, but lift more with my left... however, I feel like this is just making my left arm leaner and even smaller! I'm going crazy lol. Let me know if you find some remedy to this problem man haha.

    Not to mention, I seem to favor my left leg - I'm like a picasso painting! At least nobody else notices this and it's just a personal issue lol. Hope you find what you're looking for dude.
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    Feb 26, 2010 7:59 PM GMT
    JoeB1986 saidI don't have numbness, but it annoys the hell out of me that since I'm right handed that my right arm is a little bigger than my left. I refuse to stop lifting w/ my right arm, but lift more with my left... however, I feel like this is just making my left arm leaner and even smaller! I'm going crazy lol. Let me know if you find some remedy to this problem man haha.

    Not to mention, I seem to favor my left leg - I'm like a picasso painting! At least nobody else notices this and it's just a personal issue lol. Hope you find what you're looking for dude.


    Right handed and left... footed? Sounds about right, that's how a lot of people are.

    Just work the two evenly, otherwise you'll just fuck up your symmetry even more.
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    Feb 26, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
    Arfurnas saidSo I've been dealing with panic attacks for the past two years now, right now I have them in check so here's hoping they stay away. The panic attacks caused the left side of my body to feel numb, so now that I've started weight training again, my left arm gives out way before my right arm does. What would be a good way to remedy this problem?


    1) see a doctor
    2) lift a weight that both sides can handle, start on the left then repeat the same amount on the right, the left will catch up eventually
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    Feb 26, 2010 8:12 PM GMT
    Asymmetry is normal. It fixes itself given some time.
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    Feb 26, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    JoeB1986 saidI don't have numbness, but it annoys the hell out of me that since I'm right handed that my right arm is a little bigger than my left. I refuse to stop lifting w/ my right arm, but lift more with my left... however, I feel like this is just making my left arm leaner and even smaller! I'm going crazy lol. Let me know if you find some remedy to this problem man haha.

    Not to mention, I seem to favor my left leg - I'm like a picasso painting! At least nobody else notices this and it's just a personal issue lol. Hope you find what you're looking for dude.


    I have the same problem - stronger right arm/side.

    I'd suggest a potential solution, but it would be a juvenile one, and somebody else is bound to say it sooner or later.
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    Feb 27, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    Is spontaneous numbness really a symptom of panic attacks? I've never heard of that. Going numb on one side would concern the hell out of me, I'd see a doc.
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    Feb 27, 2010 8:08 AM GMT
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    JoeB1986 saidI don't have numbness, but it annoys the hell out of me that since I'm right handed that my right arm is a little bigger than my left. I refuse to stop lifting w/ my right arm, but lift more with my left... however, I feel like this is just making my left arm leaner and even smaller! I'm going crazy lol. Let me know if you find some remedy to this problem man haha.

    Not to mention, I seem to favor my left leg - I'm like a picasso painting! At least nobody else notices this and it's just a personal issue lol. Hope you find what you're looking for dude.


    I have the same problem - stronger right arm/side.

    I'd suggest a potential solution, but it would be a juvenile one, and somebody else is bound to say it sooner or later.



    Haha, yeah my friend said that too. Fuck him though, he's a 6'7'' beast, nobody could ever even tell if his massive arms were different sizes... what a dick.
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    Feb 27, 2010 8:30 AM GMT
    its not so much the size, as it is annoying that say when Im working on the bench press I can only go so far because my left arm will give out after say 5 reps where as my right arm could keep going till like ten, so its not the size/shape/look as much as it is just the strength of it
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    Feb 27, 2010 8:34 AM GMT
    Arfurnas saidSo I've been dealing with panic attacks for the past two years now, right now I have them in check so here's hoping they stay away. The panic attacks caused the left side of my body to feel numb, so now that I've started weight training again, my left arm gives out way before my right arm does. What would be a good way to remedy this problem?

    I'm perplexed as to how panic attacks could cause numbness leading to weakness on one side. Acupuncture helps some people with energy flow, and your left side is traditionally connected to lung, liver and stomach (I think), which are theoretically each suppressed to some degree by stress, anxiety and depression. You might want to look into it to balance things and clear some blockages (if you believe in it). Also, have you investigated whether or not you've had a mini-stroke?
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    Feb 27, 2010 1:55 PM GMT
    I hope you have been seeing a doctor about the anxiety attacks, since some medical problems can cause panic attacks, like hyperthyroidism. There are also some good medications available to help control them, but I imagine you've already discovered that. However, there still could be another medical condition causing the numbness. How are you treating the anxiety?

    If you have good insurance or can afford it, a reputable physical therapist may be able to help you correct certain thing so you can develop your body more evenly.

    You may also want to see a neurologist, chiropractor, and/or do acupuncture, like kandsk suggests. If there is something else wrong with your body, you could hurt yourself more by trying to correct it on your own.

    I started having panic attacks when I was working at a very high stress job. The anxiety got much better over time but then kicked me in the ass about a year ago when I got laid off and lost my medical insurance. I also had some separate health problems and when I got insurance again I was able to put myself back together. I had a headache, pretty much non-stop, for over a year and had a lot of neck and shoulder pain. After many doctors visits and urgent care visits, I was referred to a spine specialist and neurologist and was diagnosed with myofascial pain disorder. I am now seeing a physical therapist and working out every day. I feel like I've gotten my life back. I used to hate doctors and had no faith in them, but I have a very different opinion of them now. The physical therapy has done more for me than any doctor or pill could.

    So....hang in there and take good care of your mind and body. Do whatever it takes to get well and good luck.

    To answer your question, dumbbells and resistance bands can be a big help; you can isolate the muscles. I'd stay away from barbells for now.