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    Pain in brachioradialis

    Kept trying to figure out what this is online and everything was about tennis and golfers elbow, totally different locations than what I'm getting. It doesn't feel like distal bicep tendon either. Feels like pain all along brachioradialis when I pull up, row, bench, squat.

    It hurts most when benching, severely limiting the volume and/or intensity I can do and makes my arms feel like noodles, but I feel like that's not CAUSING it, just aggravating it. It comes on when doing weighted or archer pull ups, and heavy low bar squats.

    I've tried switching to only neutral grip bodyweight pull ups. Also spending extra focus on pulling the bar into my back on squats (elbows forward and focus on lifting the bar with my back). Also been adding reverse and hammer bicep curls.

    Lat week it was feeling better a bit, then 2 days ago I PRed squat and form slipped a bit got a bit of pain. Then 110 lb dumbbell rows made it worse yesterday. Then today it was really bad trying to bench press.

    Any ideas on cause or solution?
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    Btw, goals are max weight in squat bench deadlift. I could post my whole routine but probably not gonna help much. Considering going even lighter and slower on back day. Stricter slower rows.
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    You could try switching to supinated grip where you can.
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    Sounds like tendonitis of the forearm. I've had this numerous times and it can be very painful for sure.
    Alternate between ice and heat.
    Heat first, massage area, stretch area, ice last; try to repeat this 3-4 times per day if you can. Should go away within a week.
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    you can try anesthetic ointments
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    Originally Posted by jademonkey View Post

    Any ideas on cause or solution?
    I have struggled with this kind of pain for many years. Here is what worked for me.
    Pronator teres syndrome

    A small muscle that can aggravate a nerve. Search and try Pronator teres stretches.

    I have found a stretch that really helps me.
    Grab an unmovable bar. I like the bar on a weight tree that holds the 2.5# and 5 # weights. Rotate your wrist as far as you can in one direction and grab the bar. Then twist your arm against that bar. Repeat for the other direction.

    If your pain is acute, it will probably take a few weeks of stretching and resting before you can be aggressive with your weights again. Until then, high rep, low weight reverse curls is probably the best you can do.
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    You're either doing something that is aggravating it and need to stop doing that or you're doing too much in general and have exceeded it's ability to recover.

    1) You need to back off anything that uses that and give it time to rest / recover. Connective tissues are slow to heal.
    2) You should try to figure out what you were doing that was aggravating it and change exercises, techniques, %1RM, volume or whatever it was, some experimentation will likely be required.

    This would be a great time to do a legs focused mesocycle and redesign your upper body routine.
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