Going to see the ortho surgeon next Thursday, will probably get an MRI and we'll see what they tell me...
This is a gradual injury/pain and I don't know if it's a couple different issues or one interconnected issue.
Been having neck pain for roughly 3-4 months, very light, more annoying than anything. Not the type of pain when you strain your neck and it's very tender for a few days. It's been more of a feeling of something blocking me inside from turning my head all the way to one side and when I near the max range of movement I feel a bit of pain. Feels better and worse off and on. Also have had a really knotted feeling on the left side of the back of the middle of my shoulder blades, right in the neck area. This has caused pain to radiate into the shoulder at times. Originally I thought I had a pinched nerve. Been to the chiro a few times, it did nothing for me.
Gradually over time I began to have a very constant dull pain in my left shoulder on the outside that felt like it was in the shoulder and down into the bicep. It's always there, never goes away, and has caused sleeping problems. At times if feels like a throb, others it feels like tingling, sometimes it feels like the upper part of the arm is asleep (the feeling before it wakes up and before the "pins and needles". Also if I am laying on a flat bench and just put my arms out kind of spread eagle to stretch I have a sharp pain right in the area between my bicep and forearm (inner elbow area), like tendon pain. I had no extra or increased pain while working out though. It really felt fine to lift. So I continued.
Background, I am 5'10", 180 and I usually bench heavy, pyramids up to 325. Most people say that I am amazingly strong for my size. I don't have very broad shoulders, and only 16inch biceps. Also, I have impeccable form at the bench, never arch my back and always do the full range of motion.
Anyway, about 3 weeks ago I went in to do a bicep day and was going to start with sitting dumbbell curls. For about 2 years I have hovered around using 35lbs to 45lbs in each hand. This particular day I was starting with 40lbs (should have been fairly easy to do). My left arm was considerably weaker than my right and I couldn't even do half the reps with the left as I would normally do. I quit for about a week. I came back and tried a bench day. Usually I can easily do about 6-8 reps at 250lbs and thats after 3-4 sets already. This particular day I couldn't even do over 3 reps at 185lbs, and I could barely do 8 reps at 135lbs.
I can't do standing barbell curls anymore either. Used to do about 90-100lbs, now can barely do 60lbs and I have to cheat with my right arm more to even get the thing to do a full range rep.
Basically there is just no strength in my left arm, at all.
The daily constant general pain in the left shoulder/arm is getting better, but there is no strength returning.
Just today I went in to do legs, abs and cardio and I just tried to pick up a 25lb dumbbell to try and just do one standing curl with my left arm. Nothing. No strength whatsoever.
Right arm is just fine, if not stronger than normal.
Anybody have any ideas?