I was trying to set a new DL max today. My current max is 205 raw and I was on my 195 attempt. The only thing different about today was I was hungry - didn’t eat beforehand.
I pulled it with some struggle and sat it down. As soon as I released tension my whole upper torso went through excruciating pain. I have some heart issues and for a second thought I was having a heart attack.
I felt like I had pulled my neck,traps,ant delts, chest and upper stomach all at the same time. I just sat down and grimmaced for a couple minutes while I let the pain subside. I’m writing this about an hour later and it all feels fine now.
Has anyone ever had this kind of pull/pain happen to them?
Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?
How old are you? What is your weight? If you have heart issues, have you been cleared by a physician to lift in the first place? I recommend seeing a physician immediatly.
If you had a heart attack it wouldn’t have subsided that fast, but it could have been an anginal episode. I agree with The Greek, you should see a physician right away.
Out of curiousity, what type of heart condition were you previously diagnosed with? I work in cardiopulmonary medicine (I’m NOT a doctor) and might be able to give some insite, BUT SEE A DOCTOR!
I’m 22, 128. I’ve been cleared to lift. I haven’t gotten the tests to find out exactly what is wrong with my heart. So far we just know I have an irregular heart beat and get occasional chest/neck/arm pain.
What type of irregular beat? SVT, A Fib, PACs, PVCs? That would be helpful. Do you have mitral valve prolapse (have you had an echocardiogram)?
A heart attack at 22 would be extremely rare, especially for a woman.
I don’t know the answers to your questions and I don’t think I had a heart attack of course but heart issues do run in the family. I just thought maybe someone else had had that kind of total upper body cramping/seizing and could attribute it to a lack of water or suggest a supplement I may be low in. I wasn’t sure what kind of response I would get.
A couple of things.
you might have had a pull in your trap area,
a trap pull can also give you a chest strain and that could have hurt your delt,
have had the trap /chest thing, pulling myself but it was so long ago, I can’t remember all the details.
How will you feel tomorrow ??? That could give you some insight
lastly, be very careful for a week or two pulling with submaximal weights with perfect form until you are sure that nothing has been hurt.