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Old 06-14-2006, 11:21 AM   #1
Baron Dorff
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Hi folks- been seeking a decent diagnosis from the docs without much success.

This injury started acting up after the workout a few weeks ago where we did 5 sets of bodyweight bench press alternated with 5 sets of pullups to failure. I felt no injury while working out that night, but 6 hours later I was awakened from a dead sleep with pain the likes of which I've never experienced.

The pain seems to radiate from the shoulder and manifests itself as a severe cramping of all the muscles from my traps over the front of the shoulder and down the arm, including through the bicep.

Initially it hurt all the way down to the elbow, and I had loss of fine motor skills in my hand. It's slowly gotten better, but I'm still requiring medication to be able to control the pain well enough to function. I still have significant weakness with anything that requires raising my elbow above my shoulder.

I've been in for XRays and MRIs of shoulder and neck, with no apparent damage visible.

Initially it required Hydrocodone and ibuprofen to keep from writhing on the floor in agony and to be able to sleep.

After about two weeks I was able to back off to Ibuprofen only. I've now gotten to the point where celebrex (pain killer / anti inflamatory) is keeping it under control.

I'm now in my fourth week of this nonsense. I'm now suspecting the problem is supraspinatus tendonitis, but the ortho guy still thinks it's a pinched nerve in the neck, despite the MRIs not showing any convincing evidence.

Anybody experienced anything like this? It's driving me nuts (even worse than the inability to be Xfitting). We won't even talk about my wife's "I told you that workout was going to hurt you" looks.




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Old 06-14-2006, 04:56 PM   #2
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It is definately a nerve being pinched the pain you describe follows the same pathway as the nerves and that is the only thing I know of that presents like that. How and where are the big question. A negative MRI is certainly not conclusive, because you are in a very neutral position for it, gravity is almost entirely taken out of the equation. Almost sounds like thoracic outlet syndrome, you might want to ask about that possibility. Have you gone to any Physical Therapy?
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Old 06-14-2006, 06:29 PM   #3
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Not my area of expertise, Baron, but sounds like brachial plexus or thoracic outlet. Think about visiting a neurologist. Good luck.
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Old 06-15-2006, 08:05 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. No, no therapy yet; I was thinking I'd need to know what's wrong before I attempted therapy. The ortho guy I went to recommended a trip to a spinal specialist - it's a couple weeks wait to get in.
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Old 06-15-2006, 08:44 AM   #5
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Interesting reading on TOS - symptoms fit very well, nerve mapping back to C7 - C8 fits Ortho guy's call as well. Tenderness around the clavicle was present, but not directly addressed by the docs.

Additionally, it appears that compression can bring on the problem, and the workout that day was what was a very heavy bench press (at least for me - set a PR that night on one of the sets.

I think we may have a winner.
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Old 06-17-2006, 03:09 PM   #6
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I have had the same problem for the last 3 weeks, and only now am I off the hydrocodone. Interestingly, ice seemed to work the best. Am going in for an MRI Tuesday, just to see if anything is there. Doc seems to think it is some fraying of the rotator cuff.
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:51 PM   #7
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I tried ice first and thought I was going to DIE. It significantly increased the pain for me. Figured it was an inflamation problem, so ice must be the best... WOW. Missed that one by a mile. Definitely gives one an appreciation for the art of medicine as opposed to the pure science aspect.

Finally got off the last of the pain killers this weekend, but still have weakness raising the arm. It's been 4 weeks and I'm just now starting to think about getting in a workout, but won't be doing anything with the shoulder for a while longer.
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Old 06-22-2006, 07:19 AM   #8
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Interesting update. Feeling much better now. I think I found the culprit to my injury. All along I'd associated the hurt to the workout earlier that evening.

Just last week it occurred to me that I had switched beds a couple weeks before this whole thing started, and that I had been waking up with a 'crick' in my neck each morning. I've spent the last few evenings in the old bed and the healing process seems to have accelerated.

I'm now of the opinion that the softer new mattress and different and larger pillows was a nasty combination that caused a neck problem that spilled into a pinched nerve.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Old 06-22-2006, 08:18 AM   #9
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I would agree with your conclusion. That is the beginning of lots of neck troubles.
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