Serious Question v.forearmpain - pics inside

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  1. The Method

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    First of all, I'm not huge on bicep exercises - I do two bicep exercises a week, everything else is from pull movements on other lifts.

    I'm 6' tall and about 185. I'm a skinny guy, most of my weight comes from my legs.

    On arm day I do two bicep exercises, preacher curls w/ bar and hammer curls.
    Preacher bench curl is 100lbs at 5x5's and hammer curls with 55lb dumbbells @ 5x5s.

    Here's a front and rear pic of my bicep for reference:
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    During my last few workouts I've been experiencing severe pain in the outer part of my forearm, when at the bottom of the negative of each rep the outer tendon of my forearms goes crazy. When I set the weight back down it feels like my outer forearm has been pulled like a rubber band and is slowly receding back to normal - then I'm fine.

    Pic of forearm:
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    And this is the section of my forearm where the pain I'm describing is:
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    It was so bad tonight that I just stopped lifting heavy and went real light - still minor pain though.

    I've been doing 5x5's for about two months now and getting some good gains - I don't know if my forearms can't keep up with my biceps or what. :dunno:

    I'm out in Afghanistan and the only doctors here are special forces medics who will tell me "suck it up or stop lifting." There aren't exactly sports medicine specialists out here. I'm going back home in a week and a half and I'll have someone check it out - but in the meantime I was hoping someone here might have some experience/advice for me.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. jmezz

    jmezz layin in bed stretchin my pumped quads for hours

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    Why are you doing 5x5 on a bicep exercise?
     
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    for that mass dawg
     
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    Maybe tendinitis. Over the weekend stretch it, ice it, take ibuprofen and go get one of those tennis elbow wraps with the little air pouch on it from Walmart. If it isn't better by Monday go see a doctor so he can tell you the same thing lol.
     
  5. The Method

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    I've been doing a 5x5 program for the last 8 weeks, including biceps - doesn't really apply to my question though...

    No offense, but I'm not here asking for a critique of my routine unless that's what causing my ailment.
     
  6. The Method

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    If I had some sort of tendinitis wouldn't it be felt in other situations as well? I'm just asking because this seems to be isolated to certain types of lifts - and there's no pain involved outside of the gym.

    Any more info on sports related tendinitis I should read (yes I know, google it, that's my next step)?
     
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    i've been getting a crazy amount of pain in my forearm when doing bicep exercises, too. This just started like two weeks ago and has cut my bicep exercises down significantly.
    I notice it doesn't hurt so bad for me if I reduce the weight and the pain just about goes away if I do standing DB curls ... the BB curls kill me almost immediately.
     
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    I used to have this same issue, it is tendonitis. It seems mine was at the same point yours is at, I literally couldn't do any sort of curl because it hurt so bad. I went to see a doctor about this and he said the only thing you can do to make the pain go away is to take a break from working out your arms ( I know its hard, very hard) but it has to be done, the pain will progressively get worse. So take a month off from working out your arms and it should be better, stretch it, ice it, and most importantly DONT USE IT. good luck man
     
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    It may very well be going heavy on curling exercises that is causing your ailment. Forearm splints and tendinitis can occur when your forearms aren't strong enough to support the weight that you're curling.
     
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    Didn't know they had walmart in Afghanistan :ugh2:
     
  12. Mass

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    tendonitis/golfer's elbow
     
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    ive had that a few times...i just took time off from curls and now i stretch my forearms between every set of curls and havent had it come back yet
     
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    its really close to your elbow. if it was closer to your wrist id rule out tendonitis... go to a sports medicine doctor in afghanistan
     
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    I'd say go easy on the curls, hit rows and chins for bicep work. Good work fighting for your country.
     
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    Me either, but thank you for coming out of lurking to point that out, seriously. I'm pretty sure the thread starter was able to put 2+2 together if he is really in Afghanistan [​IMG]

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