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Shoulder? Joint? ?????? Please Help

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  • Posted By: robman
  • June 23, 2008
  • 10:08 PM

Greetings. About a month ago, I was at the gym working out. On the day that I suspect caused my shoulder/joint problem, I was working out the delts, shoulder, chest, biceps, and triceps (dips only). I did not feel any pain on this day.

The next day, my delts felt sore...but since I was working out with more weight, I didn't think anything of it. So I went into my chest workout. About the time that I started doing the shoulder press, I noticed that the top of shoulders felt a little more sore than usual. Then, while doing the dip machine with heavy weight, I didn't feel right. There was no pain, but it just didn't feel right.

The following day, both of my shoulders had pain in them with a constant ache. I just thought it was built up lactic acid seeing that my left arm felt better after a few days. However, my right arm did not improve and got worse. Luckily, I did not go back to the gym and have not been back since. However, I do miss it. :(

SYMPTOMS: For the first few weeks, I could not lift my arm above my head...if I did, I could only do it slowly. The pain was in my front shoulder/front deltoid area. When I moved my arm in a circular motion (arm in L shape), it felt as if my muscles were inflammed and tangled. When I say tangled, I mean that my muscles in that area would LITERALLY make a sound when I rotated my arm in a circle (again, with my arm in an L shape). Some of the muscles also felt larger and thicker than normal. I took some anti-inflammatory pills and now I can lift my arm above my head without any pain, and the tangled feeling has reduced a lot. However, what I notice now is that when I push down (like to sit down or to push myself off of my bed) my arm still exhibits that tangled feeling in the front of the shoulder. I have since quit taking the anti-inflammatory pills, and my shoulder area has brought back an ache...not pain...just a constant ache. Sometimes, sleeping on it causes an ache that is more pronounced than "usual".

BUT HERE IS WHAT HAS ME PUZZLED: I have now had pain on the top of my shoulder where the collarbone meets the joint (sometimes there is a popping noise or a loose feeling like it isn't connected right). Also, and more puzzling is the pain/ache that I now have in my pec (underneath the armpit).

I have asked others on the internet what they thought, and a couple of people think I have a rotator cuff tear. Although I respect their opinion(s), I can't help thinking that it could be something else. Could it be tendonitis? Could it be Bursitis? Could it be impingment? Could I have a joint problem?

I really don't know what's going on. All I know is that my shoulder is not right. I don't know if I should wait to see if the pain/ache goes away, or if I should spend a bunch of money on a doctor. I just wanted to know what others had to say.

One more thing, if I had to rate my condition on a scale of 1 to 10 (with ten being really painful), I would say a 3. It's just an ache sore feeling.

Thank you very much. I look forward to hearing from some of you. :o

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  • Not sure if you have insurance, but it sounds like you surely injured yourself in a way that shouldn't be ignored. You say you miss the gym. You really should get evaluated (can't believe you didn't when you lost mobility). Maybe if you find out what you did you can get rid of this pain and return to the gym without worry. I have injured both shoulders at different times, with different recovery processes. The bottom line is though, that this sounds like a chronic condition, or at least that you have resigned yourself to it being one. This could have lasting effects on your emotional health. If it is bothering you enough to ask, you should look into it. Best of luck.
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