I'm sure this topic has been disused but I can't seem to find it...
I just got back into training after a brief vacation. Yesterday I worked my biceps and triceps. I didn't kill it but it was moderate. Woke up this morning felt a bit tight but it was gone by the time I got to the gym. I did my shoulders and traps today. Later on in the day when I got home, I was not able to extend my arm out all the way without this excruciating pain at the bottom my bicep. In order to get my arm extended out it takes a few minutes of stretching it. At this point I'm not able to take my shirt off without someone helping me.
Has anyone had problem similar to this. If so how long does it take to heal and is there anything I can do to speed up the process?
Thread: Can't Extend Arms
02-27-2009, 09:06 PM #1
Can't Extend Arms
02-28-2009, 05:15 PM #2
02-28-2009, 06:17 PM #3
Im not to sure I have ever felt this before. Ive never really heard of DOMS before either. I just read a bit about it and I think your right. It just seem like the pain is to much to be something that will just go away on ity own. I cant even take my shirt off with out any help...
How long did it take for yours to clear up?
02-28-2009, 10:16 PM #4
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You have DOMS for sure. I got back into lifting 2 months ago and had the same thing, couldn't straighten out my arms all the way. I had it worse in my forearms. I rested up a couple of days, went back to lifting but dropped the weight down and built it up as I got stronger.
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02-28-2009, 10:20 PM #5
03-08-2010, 12:16 AM #6
yea i worked out for the first time 3 days ago.. the next morning i couldnt extend my right arm, but my left arm was fine... the next morning my right arm was alot better but my left arm was worse then my right arm was the day before. Now, its ben three days my left arm felt worse this morning but i think its better now. i still cant extend it but im pretty sure itl be fine... i read somewhere that doms peaks within 74 hours of the workout. hopefully ill be able to lift again by tuesday... im going to use free weights this time and gradually work into it intil i learn my strengh.
09-29-2010, 05:50 AM #7
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09-30-2010, 06:08 AM #9
I had this too the first time I did a workout in like 3 months. Couldnt straighten my arm past 90degrees without intense pain... Worst bit is this started a day before we went on holiday for a week. So every single pic that was taken during the holiday has me looking like a ****ing retard with bent arms......(Arms were sore for the whoolee week)
My whole family thought I was exaggerating too going "oh cmon just straighten it blah blah blah".
This was the second time it happened. (Also happened when I first joined a gym for the first time a few years back)
I had a massage at work and that actually helped it alittle. Got rid of some of the lactic acid buildup or something....
09-30-2010, 06:15 AM #10
09-30-2010, 06:27 AM #11
Now that I think of it, I probably looked like the guy with the little weak hand on scary movie 2 lol!! (Except both my hands were 'little' :P)
10-09-2010, 09:20 PM #12
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Haha that story made me chuckle.
I've had this problem once or twice, but it goes away after a day or 2. ALWAYS after I haven't trained for a while. What I do now is when starting back, don't train arms directly, but I'll do shoulders, back or chest to get some movement but not full on.
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10-09-2010, 09:29 PM #13
Too much volume... don't give yourself crippling DOMS. If you push harder into that you can get rhabdomyolysisNo post is professional medical, nutrition or training info! MRIs:
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01-14-2011, 10:00 AM #14
Yeah, so I broke my ankle and leg a month ago, had surgery and all.. I cracked my growth plate in there, so I've been on crutches for the past month and will be for the next 2 months. So, in school we went to the fitness center and I'm not sure what machine, but its where you sit, facing forward, and you lean your chest against this, I'm not sure what it is, but basically, you lean your chest against it, and pull the two handles towards you.. Well, me and a few friends had a contest who could do the most.. well, we see who could do the most, I myself started at 100 pounds, did 5 of them, then did 5 90's, and 10 80s, then 10 70's, and so on.. Well, I haven't worked out in a month or two because of my foot. This all happened yesterday, and today I cannot move my left arm, (my dominate arm/hand) and I am really scared because I know that my mom will be saying that it's not that bad and all, but I cannot move my arm enough to even touch the handle on my crutch.. How long will this condition last? (By the way, I am 14 5'8 and about 150 pounds) I have taken some heavy pain pills that I had from my foot. ( it is a serious injury, if i don't do what they say, I am more vulnerable to getting arthritis and seriously messing up my foot, it could grow wrong or stop growing at all. There really isn't a way for me to get around if I cannot straighten out my arm.crutches won't work, and I'm sure a wheel chair won't either. )
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09-15-2011, 05:10 PM #15
Sorry to bring back an old post but I have this problem too except that mine has lasted longer than two days. It started in only a section of my biceps, but now the soreness has went past my elbow and the soreness is now also in my lower triceps. I got the pain from barbell curls, 8 sets of 10 with 45lbs. (I'm a beginner and I now realize that it was too much for me to do)
09-15-2011, 06:42 PM #16
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Also, 8 sets of 10 repetitions with 45 lbs. means you lifted 3,600 lbs that workout. That's way too much weight, you're taxing your muscles, joints, ligaments, and central nervous system beyond what it can handle. When it comes to weight lifting, you take your time and build up strength gradually.
Typically, you want to select a weight that you can lift 8-12 times with good form. Beginners probably shouldn't go past 3 sets of 8-12 reps. Good luck and lay off the weights until you learn your stuff bro.Word is Bond
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01-30-2013, 07:16 PM #19
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I am so glad I found these posts. I finally got back to the gym two days ago after being out for about 6 months. Started following one of the programs like I always do. The first day was Bi's and tri's. I didn't over do it and I lowered the weight from what I normally do since I was out of the gym for six months. Doing alt curls I only did 15 reps at 35 lbs. I did my workout first thing in the morning like I normally do and I had no problems the rest of the day. I went to bed and when I woke up I couldn't extend either one of my arms. I was confused cause like I said I lowered my weight and I made sure I stretched before and during my workout. When it didn't go away on the second day I really started to worry. I still am unable to extend my arms and I have a lot of pain right at the base of my bicep and forearm. After seeing these posts though I know that I with rest and trying not to exert myself I should be fine. I am going to do some more research on this "DOMS" but at least now I know what to expect and look for. I'm hoping this goes away soon. It's even hard to reach for my mouse and type HAHA
06-13-2013, 04:44 AM #20
I have started going to gym from last week.. the first week was really easy Did a mix routine no pain felt the next week the real gym rountine started first day was chest and triceps it was quite hard but that day i didnt not felt so much pain. Next day i went to gym and did Back and biceps. I returned home the pain was ok. But the next day i bunked the gym and the pain increased like hell i cant extend my arms without feeling excruciating pain in my biceps and near my chest. I cant even extend my arms to 90 degrees sideways or either due to the pain i thought i have got a fracture or something. But thanks to your question i was relieved and due to this post i got to knw about DOMS. Its the second day aftr bunking gym the pain is still excruciating and i think it has increased how much time does it takes to heal want to hit gym soon
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08-02-2014, 10:11 PM #22
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Similar problem. I'm back into lifting after a 2-3 month hiatus, jumped back into the same program I used before, and I've got the T-rex arms bad. I didn't even directly work out arms, it was a back workout. Still, there was obviously a lot of bicep involved while targetting my back, and DOMS has apparently set in hard. Today I did shoulders, and the arms actually felt much better (I could fully extend them), but once I cooled down now both arms are stuck just below a 90-degree angle.
Earlier in this thread someone mentioned massage possibly helping? I'll give that a shot, as i have a standing membership at a Massage Envy here in town. Hopefully this can clear up semi-quickly as I'm in the military and I can't imagine how ridiculous I'm going to look if I need to stand at attention at any point soon :P I'll be chicken-winged out at almost a 90-degree angle lol
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And im looking for the same answer too, that's how i get here ha
10-13-2016, 09:47 PM #27
Then again, it almost sounds like "frozen shoulder". I had this a couple of years ago. Google it! It comes on from out of the blue with no apparent cause at all. It can be painful as hell when you try moving your arm. It also makes it incredibly difficult to wear a T-shirt...in fact, when I had it, I could only wear button up shirts. I could barely lift my arm up when I had it. The worst part was sleeping at night...very painful...horrible. I got diagnosed with it and they sent me in for 3 months of physical therapy where they basically pull your arm around...painful. It took my frozen shoulder a full year to recover...or thaw out, LOL.