Hey guys (and gals),
I've posted here now and again, mostly off-topic stuff, but here's something actually related to training.
First, quick background on me, I will probably expound on this at a later time with progress pics:
6'1", currently 215lbs, former couch/beer jockey who finally snapped out of it back in November and have been training consistently since then. I've found a lot of great info on this site, although I must admit, I haven't applied the "science" to it that I probably ought to. Nevertheless, I've made some good gains (definitely made a lot of strength gains and my physique has changed for the better too, and people have commented on it). All in all, I think I've done pretty well in 6 months.
Now, here's the killer..... I pinched a nerve in my left shoulder. I think it all started with some heavy military presses... then worsened by sleeping on it wrong. Then, the next day, with pain shooting from the base of my skull to my elbow, I had to go move some arcade games (hobby/side job of mine, I couldn't reschedule these moves). Then, that night, I slept on it wrong AGAIN. The next day I was in excrutiating pain... went to the doc, got some X-rays, etc... the doc gave me a scrip for Percocet which, frankly, didn't really help.
ANYWays... long story short (too late), the pain is finally in check, still sore but tolerable, but I'm still lacking some strength and coordination in my arm. It's KILLING me not to be able to go lift, and I'm afraid that once I do get back, I'm not going to be able to pick up where I left off. I don't want to risk re-injuring my arm, but at the same time, I don't want to cheat myself out of precious training time. I'm trying to make a real impression at my company beach party at the end of July.
All that said, now my questions:
Is there anything I can do to help speed up my recovery?
Anything I should avoid doing for a while, even after the pain is all gone?
Anythign I can do to prevent this sort of injury in the future? It really does seem to stem from the way I sleep on it... and short of duct taping my arms to my side, I don't see any way to change that habit.
Any and all feedback appreciated.
Thanks as always!