I switched up my workout regimen to slightly higher volume this past week. Prior to this, I had not been experiencing any of the symptoms below. I had not been doing much (if any) direct biceps or triceps work before this week. That changed this week. I hit biceps, triceps, shoulders, and calves on 3 separate days this past week
Symptoms: waking up the past 5 nights or so with incredible numbness in my ring finger and middle finger of my left hand. I began experiencing it during the day too, regardless of position. Near-nauseating pain in both forearms and elbows.
I’ve been applying ice, trying to stretch my shoulders (per recommendation of chiropractor), stretching my forearms and biceps, etc.
My theory (what do you think?): considering I’ve not directly worked out my biceps or triceps at such a volume (3x/week, 3+ exercises per muscle group, various rep schemes) in over 2 years, I think that the muscles that have grown may be pinching some nerves in my elbow, or up in my shoulder. (I’ve jumped up in weight in the past 3 weeks by about 10-15 lbs. muscle, minimal fat gain.) I don’t experience any pain in my upper arms (bi’s, tri’s) however. It radiates down from my elbows, but is mostly in my elbows.
Oh, I also go to night class 2x/week and sit taking copious notes for ~4 hours/night. Plus, I do HW at a desk in which my elbows tend to be in the “closed” or bent position.
So, any suggestions or guidance? I am already planning on seeing the chiro 2-3x this week and not working arms out for a week to see what happens. I’d greatly appreciate input. Cheers!