Forearm pain?

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    Mar 12, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    So for the past month I've been having some problems with my forearms hurting like hell when I'm doing my bicep exercises, and I'm wondering if any of you guys have encountered this problem. I do hammer curls, barbell curls, close and wide EZ-bar curls. I know I have proper form when doing these exercises. Any advice is appreciated!
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    Mar 12, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
    I tend to have issues from time to time but it seemed to me an extension of my problems with my wrists. If its a persisting problem, see a doctor!
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    Mar 12, 2010 7:00 PM GMT
    How long have you been working out for?

    This happened to my best friend when he first started lifting weights.
    I would recommend lifting 15%-20% less weight and keeping your wrist parallel with your arm. Gloves can also be a problem if they provide too much support for your wrist, which in turn does not allow the stabilizing muscle in your wrist and forearm to strengthen with your progress. Once you start using heavier weights or you no longer use the gloves those muscles can not keep up, and cause tendon pain.

    "If its a persisting problem, see a doctor!" is also good advice.
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    Mar 12, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    MikeAP35 saidSo for the past month I've been having some problems with my forearms hurting like hell when I'm doing my bicep exercises, and I'm wondering if any of you guys have encountered this problem. I do hammer curls, barbell curls, close and wide EZ-bar curls. I know I have proper form when doing these exercises. Any advice is appreciated!


    I had something similar to this, I explained it to a nurse I'm friends w/ as it feeling almost like shin splints, but in my forearms. She said it's probably tennis elbow (I know it didn't make sense to me either since it wasn't my elbow) and gave me some things to wrap my arms in. I just used them at night for a while and took like 2 days off lifting, and it worked for me. I don't know where to find what she gave me, but if I see her I'll ask her for you.
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    Mar 13, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    Wow, I thought I was the only one who experienced that pain. I get it when I do seated cable rows. Even though my back tells me I could do many more, my forearms tell me to stop. I've just been trying to do more forearm exercises to make them stronger.
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    Mar 13, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    I get it all the time. I get it mostly when i increase weight or push myself. It's usually caused (at least with me) when i grip the bar in freeweight excercises more than usual.
    I usually let up a bit and try more machine based exercises where i don't grip the bar, but use my palm to pull the weight.

    Just check how hard you're gripping the bar to see if that's a problem.
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    Mar 13, 2010 2:58 AM GMT
    All the advice above is good. But it's your body, and your pain, so make sure it's not a chronic issue.

    First, consider doing some work on your forearm flexors, so that they get a chance to strengthen at a pace similar to your goals for your biceps and brachii. Since going back to heavy lifting, my forearms and my grip have needed serious work to keep up, and it can be very frustrating, but in time, it resolves. It should resolve for you, too. Until then, Em3ns advice is very sound.

    However, if it's chronic, meaning it applies to time outside the gym, for instance when you are doing normal gripping and lifting activities that don't involve heaver resistance, then get it looked at by a doctor. Don't panic, but don't wait.

    As helpful as all of us are trying to be, the reality is that nothing can be diagnosed over the web, not even "oh, my arm does that, too". I want to emphasize that preventative medicine is less costly than emergency surgery. (I tore my distal biceps tendon off the bone two years ago, just bowling...and it actually had started with a small tear which I should have recognized at least two years prior...not working out, not treating it lead to something major that could have been avoided. I could have strengthened rather than further weakened it, and worked around it while it healed....but I didn't)

    I have to assume that one of the reasons you're on RJ is that you take your workouts seriously. So, if a paid professional athlete has every little pull and pinch examined, what you're describing deserves a quick trip to your MD, at the very least, if it continues.
  • MadeinMich

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    Mar 13, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
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    Look into an elbow brace, something like this. i've been having the exact same issue as you.
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    Mar 13, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    MuscleComeBack's advice is spot-on.

    I had the same problem a year ago and it's started recurring recently as I"ve amped up intensity. It was diagnosed as tennis elbow. I treated it by icing it 1-2 times a day for about 2-3 wks.

    One of the best ways to prevent it is proper use of stretching the wrist flexors. You can do this by straightening one arm out and using the opposite hand, push the hand back up (like you're saying "Stop right there"), and then pushing the hand down (like you're saying "Oooh honey check out the new diamond"), and holding each side of the stretch for at least a count of ten.
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    Mar 14, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses guys, I think I might try stretching and icing before I decide to see a doctor. It's been a problem for around a year now icon_confused.gif (been lifting for 2 1/2)

    a_real_person saidEven though my back tells me I could do many more, my forearms tell me to stop.


    Exactly! I know my biceps can hold way more weight but my forearms are telling me to back off, it's pretty frustrating.

    Thanks guys!
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    Mar 26, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    I had a boyfriend in Thailand once and he had foreskin pain.
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    Mar 26, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    couture saidI had a boyfriend in Thailand once and he had foreskin pain.
    what did you give him?icon_eek.gif
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    Mar 26, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    couture saidI had a boyfriend in Thailand once and he had foreskin pain.


    o_o
  • martinaston

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    Mar 26, 2010 8:10 AM GMT
    couture saidI had a boyfriend in Thailand once and he had foreskin pain.


    newsflash your "boyfriend" was actually a thai ladyboy,
    and the "foreskin pain"? Its called a period.
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    Mar 27, 2010 4:47 AM GMT
    Em3ns saidHow long have you been working out for?

    This happened to my best friend when he first started lifting weights.
    I would recommend lifting 15%-20% less weight and keeping your wrist parallel with your arm. Gloves can also be a problem if they provide too much support for your wrist, which in turn does not allow the stabilizing muscle in your wrist and forearm to strengthen with your progress. Once you start using heavier weights or you no longer use the gloves those muscles can not keep up, and cause tendon pain.

    "If its a persisting problem, see a doctor!" is also good advice.
    ^^^that^^^

    Couldn'tve said it better myself.
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    Mar 28, 2010 8:48 AM GMT
    This is actually pretty common. Especially as you start lifting heavier weights in preacher curls and such. It is really important to keep the wrists straight, not letting them bend back towards the forearms. I did it when I started out and it killed me for about a year. Imagine the top of your forearm and the back of your hand being a flat plane. If the back of your hand starts folding up towards your forearm, trouble. I see it when guys use poor form or try to curl too much. The wrist bends back and becomes an L shape. It should be a flat plane from elbow to knuckles. Usually it is just poor form or too much weight. You are curling with your wrist bent way back. I had the problem, researched it among experienced lifters and made sure I never bent my wrists. Problem solved.
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    Mar 28, 2010 9:01 AM GMT
    bitch u need to stop jackin off too fast.....them hands r gonna end up with carpel tunnel

    when u choke it.....vary yo speeds. ....or better yet....get someone to tie u up n fuck u and jack u off while they go in n out

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    Mar 29, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    joshnyc saidbitch u need to stop jackin off too fast.....them hands r gonna end up with carpel tunnel

    when u choke it.....vary yo speeds. ....or better yet....get someone to tie u up n fuck u and jack u off while they go in n out

    icon_lol.gif ^5
  • BronxvilleNY3...

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    Mar 29, 2010 2:32 AM GMT
    I had that problem before, let them rest at least for a week.
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    Mar 29, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    yeah, do more reverse curls and wrist excersizes. Gotta have strong supportive muscles for a good workout