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Bicep Tendonitis.... Maybe?

Maybe some of you smarter AT/PT/MD types can solve the mystery. At rest, I’ve developed this very dull pain in my R shoulder and forearm. Hardly a bother, but noticeable. Hammer curls are relatively painful on that arm but less with each set. The kicker is that during mixed grip deadlifts w/500+ lbs., I feel no pain at all during and for a good 6-8 hours following training. Seems like plain old tendonitis, but I’m still very cautious about a tear. Fire away w/thoughts (I’ve already got squats and milk covered).

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Need more info, are hammer curls the only painful motion? Do you alternate your grip on each hand for each set, or are you always pronated/supinated on the same side? Next to impossible to say whether or not it’s tendonitis or a tear without seeing you in person too though. Any other painful motions? Previous history of shoulder/forearm problems? Have you done any soft tissue work?

[quote]Theface wrote:
Need more info, are hammer curls the only painful motion? Do you alternate your grip on each hand for each set, or are you always pronated/supinated on the same side? Next to impossible to say whether or not it’s tendonitis or a tear without seeing you in person too though. Any other painful motions? Previous history of shoulder/forearm problems? Have you done any soft tissue work?[/quote]

Yep, hammers seem to be the ones that cause the most pain. And yes, I can certainly discontinue them but was doing light sets more as a test. I alternate grip on every DL set and no history of problems. Good mention of the soft tissue work and maybe time to start adding that in. Thx

[quote]bushidobadboy wrote:
Sounds like the issues I have when I lift too long (by which I mean when I spend too many hours in the gym on a weekly total).

I have still to form a 100% confident diagnosis, but suspect brachialis involvement (dominance/over-recruitment of that muscle, tendonitis), coupled with other things.

May type more later, work to be done.

BBB[/quote]

Thx BBB. It’s not by any means slowing down progress on the big 3, so not a huge deal. More of a curiosity thing, since I can do weighted chinups w/no problems, but hammer curls are rough on the forearm. Again, thx.

I had the same thought as BBB with brachialis, I might throw in brachioradialis as well.

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Bushidobadboy,

I don’t want to hijack this thread. I’ve sent you a friend request and PM’d you. Can you give me a shout I have a question I need to ask in private.

Thanks.

[quote]bushidobadboy wrote:

[quote]Theface wrote:
I had the same thought as BBB with brachialis, I might throw in brachioradialis as well.[/quote]
Yeah, well I was going to throw that in too, but didn’t want to seem too non-specific.

:wink:

BBB[/quote]

I gotcha…tough to get real specific when it’s via internet forum and not in front of you in the office though:) Yeah I PM’d you too a bit back, then I read your PM function is screwy, any word on that?