Long time forum reader, first time poster. 40 year old male and just started lifting again after many years absence from training(9 months in atm). Started a business and and family that really took up some time.
I realize that I should probably see a doctor about this and that online diagnosing would be guessing at best. Although in my small business my personal time to make appointments for such things disappear at break neck speed. So I figured I would throw it out there and see what bounces back.
The issue began about 4 months ago either during a bench session or dip session. All the sudden I have a pain in my left shoulder, near the end almost where the collar bone meets the shoulder. this pain is not there all the time. Sometimes I feel it while benching, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes it shoots into my neck and ends at the bottom of my skull. I almost all ways feel it when I lift my left arm to put my hand on the steering wheel when driving. I also feel it when I hold onto a doorway to stretch. I certainly can not sleep on my stomach with my left arm at my side. Ever since the initial issue I have just kind of dealt with it and worked around it.
Now I have started a new shoulder complex that begins with the seated muscle snatch. During the last 20 degrees of the movement all I can feel is poping and crunching in my left shoulder(slight pain). I can still work through it, although it certainly doesn’t feel right and I believe it would impede my gains moving forward.
Also my pinky and ring finger on my left hand tend to go numb during benching. I think this may be a separate issue as the research I have done tends to point to a pinched nerve. I have changed my benching grip but to no avail they still go numb.
I guess what I am looking for is to see if this sounds familiar in any way to something that someone else has experienced. Or maybe I should just suck it up, quit my bitching and see a Dr.
Thanks for your time.