Background: Was doing dips 3 weeks ago, felt a sudden sharp pain in my right anterior deltoid as I went up in the second set. Tried to push through it, didn't get better so I avoided any exercises that hurt for the rest of the day.
2 weeks go by, not much pain just a little discomfort so I assume everything is normal - Wednesday I was doing flat bench and the muscle was killing me, but I figured I could work through it. Went to standing widegrip barbell curls and it was too much pain, had to stop.
Question: Went to the corpsman today and he said I've sprained the muscle but didn't tear it. He's ordered me not to do ANY upper body workouts for at least 3 weeks, no matter how good it feels. He says I can't even do squats. So I have two questions:
1) Does anyone feel like the corpsman is being overly cautious as I do? I just wanted to check with him that I wasn't doing irreparable damage, but if I can work through this and it will eventually go away, I can put up with the pain. But I also don't want to hurt myself so badly that I'm out for a couple months...
2) If all I will be doing for close to a month is lower body/abs/cardio, should I stop the protein/creatine/BCAAs? Right now I'm taking one Myoplex Original shake each day, 2 x 1.5 tsp of creatine, and was just about to start taking the BCAAs, but haven't yet begun.
Any advice would be appreciated, if I need to clarify anything ask away. Thanks for your time.