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Right Pec Won’t Contract Fully


New member, hello, i need some help. Ok, I’m nervous. Im 49 years old, been training for 35 years. 5”11, 235lbs. I train a power type system, low reps etc. So I’ve been kicking ass for months. I paramid up to 365 on flat bench, 315 for a single on incline, 365 on decline. For the past 10 years I’ve a had a nagging pain in my mid back, under the shoulder blade. Some times it flares up on the left, sometimes on the right. I’ve had to take a week off here and there and get a message. But it hasn’t been a problem in the past year at least.

So a few weeks ago it flared up on the right side and really came to a head and i took last week off. Huge knot and ropey feeling lump. Took the week off, got a message and ate well. I went back Monday to see how it felt and started warming up with 135 and something felt very off and unbalanced. Put on 225 and came down and could not press it. Had to call guy over to lift it off. Tried again, same. Get off the bench in a panic as i hit 365 2 weeks prior. No pain in chest, no bruising, not a tear. Full range of motion in shoulder. I pushed my thumb on my inner left pec and flex and it’s huge and hard. I push my thumb on my inner right pec and try to flex, nothing, all soft. I’m laying in bed now and i can move both pecs, but right seems weak and a bit softer.

Went to massage guy and he said get it checked out. Very sore on back, Right side, under the right shoulder blade. I’ve been training everything else, but very light. Everything feels kinda normal, but going super light. I have an apt w ortho on Friday to get it checked, but I’m scared as hell. There was no injury while lifting, just a chronic nagging injury i always dealt with and now it seems like something gave way. Any help, I’m scared.


I trained very light back today and felt fine. Still sore there under scapula but all pulling movements felt fine. Gonna do real light Bis and tris tomorrow. Looking forward to that. Hoping all is normal, and i think it will be. I just climbed out of bed and did ten push ups just to see. Felt pretty normal. Back is dull deep sore pain under shoulder blade. Gonna alternate ice and heat tomorrow. Keeping my hopes up. Took so many years to handle this kind of weight and it was taken away in the snap of the fingers.