This is a long standing injury for me, when i curl, if its bb, db or hammer, I get a sharp very painful pain in my left forearm. Its weird because i dont get any pain during any other exercises, only when I work my biceps, and the pain is in the forearm. Iv had this about 18months now and it wont go away, as i result i cant work my biceps. Iv had an Xray and MRI but both have shown as normal and im now waiting for a follow up appointment.
I was wondering if anyone else has ever had this injury, or if anyone might now what the problem is?
Thread: bicep-curl = pain in forearm
03-02-2009, 02:18 PM #1
bicep-curl = pain in forearm
03-02-2009, 02:44 PM #2
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I've had the same thing, but mine is kinda in both forearms, more in the right one though. I've had it for about 4 months now and it comes and goes. One day it will be so bad that I can barely curl 40lbs barbell and the next i can do 70 with minimal pain, so I don't know, keep us updated though, cause I wanna know what it is and how to fix. I've just been icing it when it gets bad. And then heating it and putting on stuff like bengay on off days
03-02-2009, 02:47 PM #3
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Ive had a similar problem and I know exactly what your going through it sucked for me when I had this problem in my Wrist - It may be hte extra tension in the forearm by doin a lifting motion - The only Bicep excersize I was able to do was Chin-Ups (which I still do cuz they are great) This typically does not include that extra strain. Perhaps try that. And take some NSAIDs and see how it goes perhaps a few weeks before trying to lift up again. At the end of the day I had to get a Cortisone shot - which I would swear by it- but if I could have had the inflammation go away on its own I would have preferred it.... Lemme know how it goes and best of luck.
03-02-2009, 04:24 PM #4
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i have the same problem.
your best bet is going to be to try and pull in your elbows and straighten your forearm as much as you can and go extra slow and be careful, use less weight if needed. it sucks cause i know im not curling to my limit and when i get done with a set my left arm feels like i just broke itPain is weakness leaving the body
03-02-2009, 05:25 PM #5
03-02-2009, 10:54 PM #6
I have had the same problem recently too, except mine have been bruising for some reason in the upper region. I went to a doctor and he told me its called biciptitis, or tearing the tendon that connects the biceps to the bone. It usually occurs from doing preacher curls. Try icing the injury for the first 2 days, then heating 1 day. Rest 1 day, and repeat. Thats what worked for me..
03-02-2009, 11:01 PM #7
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I have this same problem in my left forearm. At first it didn't hurt but as my weights increase for curls (especially preacher curls) its become a really sharp pain. I switched to hammer curls and it doesnt really hurt that much, but then othertimes when i try to slide my porch door open i can feel the pain. Then I stopped doing curls completely and it went away completely but now that I've picked curls back up the pain has come back. I dont think its my form, anyone have any other ideas?
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01-06-2012, 08:54 AM #10
Same here! I just started lifting weights and have experienced great results so far, but last night I woke up with extreme pain in my forearm/elbow area. I really want to workout today, but I don't think I will be able to do anything since I cannot extend my arms. I've tried ice, heat, and pain meds. Should I just stick to cardio today?
01-06-2012, 09:44 AM #11
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I too have this problem i found that ice helped a lot but most importantly let the pain heal it will take about 3 weeks depending on how bad it is. After it has healed stick to hammer curls and just make sure your thumb is lined up with your bicep it takes a lot of strain of the forearm. If its not to bad of a pain you may be able to get a way with wide ez bar curls as well.
01-06-2012, 10:32 AM #12
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01-06-2012, 09:34 PM #13
I got that back in high school when I first started working out. Typical gym idiot, biceps every day. I think it was tendinitis from overworking that muscle so often. I just stopped for a couple months and it never really came back. I never got back into working my biceps much since they get so much attention from back movements. Here and there I'll do some curls if I'm getting weak throughout a pulling movement but it's not a regular part of my workouts anymore.
01-09-2012, 11:55 AM #14
The surgery is called PIN release (posterior interosseous nerve). This sports doctor said it's really common in baseball players from throwing to hard but he has seen it in body builders as well. I was skeptical.... even though this guy is a DOCTOR...was the ortho for the U.S Olympic team, the U.S. Junior Olympics, Florida Gators and now for the Texas Rangers....AND he showed me his scar where he had it done.
So far...I couldn't be more pleased with the results. The only other option was to not lift weights anymore..... and we know that isn't going to happen.
Find a SPORTS doctor and ask about that..... a regular Dr. is only going to put you on anti-inflammatories and tell you to not lift anything heavy.
11-08-2014, 10:22 AM #15
Don't train in pain.
Best bet is to seek professional advice, most of the above comments make perfect sense although we can only speculate without MRI results. Tendinitis and any form of tendinopathy can be a real bitch, training through it or trying to can result in damage that can only be corrected through surgery. Please be careful, I know it's hard dialling back but resting now for a little while my save you not being able to work biceps properly or with full ROM ever again!
You have no reason to listen to me, I am new to bodybuilding.com but I am a PT and have tendinitis, so I understand how frustrating it is.
GOOD LUCK MATE.
03-11-2015, 02:03 PM #16
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09-05-2015, 01:52 PM #18
I just started working out as a junior in highschool and like any highschool guy I did too much curls and weight causing me to get this pain in my left forearm while doing any weight in curls (unless hammer). I've just quit doing curls and I just stick with back and pull ups and I haven't seen any loss in muscle but I'm still wanting to improve on my arm strength.
I was wondering what you guys do for an arm workout plan that doesn't include any curls?
11-01-2015, 03:14 PM #19
I've had this pain in my forearms for 3ish years now. I find the only thing that helps is not doing bicep curls. After a couple months the pain always goes away, and the only way to keep it from coming back is to not curl, do reverse curls, or just do light weight although I still feel it slightly while doing light weight. The good news though is that my arms have still made gains through weekly regular workouts
12-04-2015, 08:12 AM #20
I'm currently going through this exact problem (pain on the bottom of my forearm - pinky side, both arms). I have found a temporary solution that still allows me to get some direct bicep work in while things heal. I noticed that the pain only happens if I put force against my hand/fingers (as there will be when you are gripping something and curling it). To temporarily get around that issue, I've been using my gym's Cybex cable machine - but I don't actually grip the bar. Instead, I wrap a towel around each side of the handle and put that against my wrist and curl that way. For me, this gives me 0 pain in my forearm, and it allows me to get bicep work in while I heal. I then finish them off with heavy reverse grip pulldowns to my chin and with a pause/squeeze at the bottom. It's allowed me to keep getting good bi workouts while I recover.