OK so heres the deal… before i decided to post on here i’ve spent the past two weeks reading just about rotator cuff article on T-Nation and anything else i can find in medical journals and just googling. All that taught me that rotator cuff issues and shoulder issues in general are very unique to each person who has them. Theres so many different things it could actually be, and different parts of the shoulder too.
I’m super poor and I have no health insurance so I’m trying to get a good idea what the problem is before I go to the doctor. If its obvious what it is to some of you out there who maybe are in the medical field or have had what i have before, and whatever it is doesnt require me to go to the doctor it would be a big help in saving money. If after this post no one has a clue then i’ll just have to take the big hit and go pay someone to tell me “oh ice it and dont lift”…
So First off heres where it is. Its in the front of the shoulder, where the shoulder and pec muscle meet. I have full range of motion, and there is no swelling, and there never was any swelling either.
Its not the shoulder muscle, and its not the pec muscle. Its something inside (pretty sure its the tendon) heres where its kinda strange. I can military press just fine… infact it does not affect me or give me any pain whatsoever to push straight up or push up at an angle (incline press). I can pull straight to my body with any pulling exercises.
Heres where it does hurt and i have no strength. Pushing straight away from my body (bench/push up) and I’m weaker but still pretty strong. Any pushing in the downward motion (decline press/dips) and I cant do it… like I’m dead. Any pulling straight down like a pull up and im dead. I just cant do it.
Heres how i injured it. I was doing weighted dips, which i normally do. 4 sets of 10 with 90 lbs chained to me. I can easily do this and have been doing it for a couple of months now. What happened was on the last set i got sloppy and wasnt thinking and went past 90 degrees in my arm and it was too much for the shoulder joint. I didnt realize i was injured for a few days actually. I felt like “wow i got a good work out in my shoulder/pec” Then five days later when i went to bench my bench went down by like 60 lbs. Thats when i knew it wasnt a good sore.
Since then I ice it every night and pop Ibuprofen, downing like 12 fish pills a day, massaging it, not doing any push or pull work outs…the whole nine yards of what I’ve read online to do. its three weeks later and I tried to just grab onto the pull up bar last night and do a pull up and i couldnt do one! Normally i do sets of 10 with 50 lbs chained to me so if i cant do one thats really really bad.
So is this Tendinitis, tendinosis, is my tendon torn?
Keep in mind theres no swelling or topical signs theres anything wrong. And I am 100 percent pressing up or pull straight in… but i am 0 percent pushing down, pulling across my body, or pulling straight down.
Anyone?s opinion?s are welcomed, but i know theres a few docs on here so if you can possibly save me hundreds of dollars then thanks! Or any old timers and veterans who im sure have gone thru this.