I have read this forum and I'm impressed by the people who post on here and the information provided, hopefully you guys can help me out, here's my story:
3 years ago this month I was benching 365 and on the 8th rep, felt a sharp pain in the right side of my chest. No pop, no blood, bruising, or swelling. I stopped immediately, took a week off, and everything was fine returning the week after that.
A few weeks later in the month of August, I did the same thing to the OTHER (left) side of my chest. I did the same thing, took a week off, came back, things were fine, and did it again to that same side of my chest. It was at that time I took off from any chest completely for a month, which due to some other circumstances I had to stop working out to handle some issues, and all together from October of 2008 to March of 2009, I did nothing for my chest (one would figure 5 months would be ample time to heal).
I started back with light dumbbells, no problem there. Went back to benching (this is about April-May 2009) and was able to bench 350 no problem. I went easy at everything and sure enough, with only 275, I did the same thing to the left side of my chest again. At this point I went to the doctor. He felt that all the ligaments were intact and after viewing results from an MRI, said that he could tell there was a previous injury there that had healed up, and that there was a lot of scar tissue built up in the area. I did dumbbells off and on and eventually went to doing solely chest machines. No real problem from it. Got back to doing dumbbells and I did it again.
I started doing floor presses as a completely substitute because it limited my ROM and everything I read said it would benefit me, and I never had a problem with them. After wanting to do something different, I came across the 6-week hard trainer Dorian Yates program on here where the main lift for chest was the DECLINE bench because it was lighter on your ligaments and caused less stress. Everything felt great until a few weeks ago I felt a small pull in my RIGHT side of my chest (the first time it hurt in 3 years). So I switched back to floor presses and sure enough the pain wasn't as bad, but it was still there.
This has been going on for three whole years and I am starting to get very depressed because after going to the doctor and hearing what he told me, it seems there is nothing I can do... There has never been ANY nasty bruising that are associated with a pec tear not the slightest bit, I just am tired of not knowing what is going on. I wouldn't feel complete without getting a whole chest workout in but I can't bench, do inclines, any flys or cables and it sucks... I'd love to hear some opinions from people on here, so please, let me know what you think the deal is... because lord knows I can't even feel good about myself anymore because of this.