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