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    When I grab even light weight to do bench press as I bring bar to few inches from chest I have sharp pain in my left shoulder. Also if I stand straight up with light weight in dumbbell left hand and bring out to side lifting up same thing with pain in left shoulder. Tylenol, Aspirin, Advil etc will not help with the pain. This is the only time that my shoulder hurts and have been dealing with it for weeks now. Any idea what is wrong with my shoulder?

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    You should really go see a medical professional for a diagnosis, but in my experience shoulder impingements are very common among the weight lifting community so you might want to google that for starters.
    Last edited by robertscott; 03-14-2020, 12:11 PM.

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    • #3
      DON"T do ANYTHING that causes the pain. NSAID's can be tough on liver and kidneys. Consider BPC 157 injections at the site of pain and Gh.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by robertscott View Post
        You should really go see a medical professional for a diagnosis, but in my experience shoulder impingements are very common among the weight lifting community so you might want to google that for starters.
        I am very very busy at work but will go see doctor. This is what I wanted to hear was some people who might have suggestions.

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        • #5
          You need a physical exam by a doctor and possible imaging based on findings. I wouldn’t exercise u til evaluated

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          • #6
            Sounds like what I have (impingement). I can do BNP's all day long, but cannot bench. Doing things like raising arm to put on shirt, or wash hair, etc hurts.
            Once the arm is up, and back there, its fine. MIne happened in AUG and is still going on (7 months) doing rehab exercises w/ bands,, and doing Dante's bromstick thing. (Or trying to).
            My shoulder flexibility is basically zero, so trying to help/repair it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rot-Iron66 View Post
              Sounds like what I have (impingement). I can do BNP's all day long, but cannot bench. Doing things like raising arm to put on shirt, or wash hair, etc hurts.
              Once the arm is up, and back there, its fine. MIne happened in AUG and is still going on (7 months) doing rehab exercises w/ bands,, and doing Dante's bromstick thing. (Or trying to).
              My shoulder flexibility is basically zero, so trying to help/repair it.
              I was hoping that Dante's broomstick thing would have worked for me.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Markus View Post

                I was hoping that Dante's broomstick thing would have worked for me.
                How fast are you expecting joint injury pain to go away? You said you've been dealing with this for weeks. This stuff takes a LONG, LONG time. There is very little blood flow to the tendons and ligaments compared to muscle. That's part of the reason it takes so much longer.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by doug1 View Post

                  How fast are you expecting joint injury pain to go away? You said you've been dealing with this for weeks. This stuff takes a LONG, LONG time. There is very little blood flow to the tendons and ligaments compared to muscle. That's part of the reason it takes so much longer.
                  Thanks again for the reply doug1. You were saying how there is very little blood flow to it then maybe a heating pad will help speed up the blood flow to heal quicker.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by doug1 View Post

                    How fast are you expecting joint injury pain to go away? You said you've been dealing with this for weeks. This stuff takes a LONG, LONG time. There is very little blood flow to the tendons and ligaments compared to muscle. That's part of the reason it takes so much longer.
                    This ^^

                    Been reading a lot on it, many people take up to a year. I seem to be slowly improving. (At 1st, I couldnt reach back to hold squat bar, bought a SS Bar, solved that problem), now I can do it and use both. Not being able to go heavy on upper-body is killing me. Cant bench thats killing me, but dumbbells are getting better/heavier. (Slowly). I also use my multi-grip bar with my EliteFTS shoulder-fixer pad taped to it and do modified "board-press / lockouts", better than nada...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Markus View Post

                      I am very very busy at work but will go see doctor. This is what I wanted to hear was some people who might have suggestions.
                      If you have "sharp" pains then the only real recommendation would be to go to the doctor.
                      That can be anything from impingement to a torn supraspinatus etc. and the earlier you know what it is the better the treatment.
                      I had two shoulder surgeries

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by duc888 View Post

                        If you have "sharp" pains then the only real recommendation would be to go to the doctor.
                        That can be anything from impingement to a torn supraspinatus etc. and the earlier you know what it is the better the treatment.
                        I had two shoulder surgeries
                        Most Dr's these days make you go to shoulder rehab for like 6 -12 months, then move to MRI & diagnosis. Did you run into that as well duc888?
                        They want you to pay a rehab person big money before even making a proper diagnosis. (It seems).

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                        • #13
                          Yes.
                          After I had realized that something was wrong (could not sleep due to pain and could not even lift a cup over my head) I went to an orthopaedist. He did an ultrasonical examination and told me it it would be a pulled muscle and he offered me some treatment like laser, acupuncture, rehab etc. All the things that no medical insurance would pay for.
                          Angry and dissapointed I did my own research (thanks to the internet ) and found a specialist for shoulder injuries near by. This doctor made some simple tests followed by a MRI.
                          And by looking at the picture of the MRI it was even clear for my, the tendon was ruptured.

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                          • #14
                            After 8 months of basically working up from an empty bar (bench press), to 1-wheel a side (135) I was finally able to put some weight on the bar today. Going to take it slow, but so happy with this progress.

                            Did 135 for 10, 185 for 5, 205 for 3, 225 for 3, 235 for 2 and 245 for 1. (Flexibility and mobility improving as I work on it daily). Its nothing like I used to be able to do, but a ton compared to even a month ago. Slow and steady now, I need to stay focused on not adding too much right now...
                            Last edited by Rot-Iron66; 05-05-2020, 03:39 PM.

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