I get tremendously painful shooting pain in the tricep area of my arms. It comes in spurts, typically tied to quick movements (e.g. moving my arms when I run, throwing a ball) or movements of more than minimal force (e.g. opening a heavy door). It doesn't always happen when I do those things. When it happens the pain is intense and as it fades my arm becomes numb where the pain was for a while (feels like your mouth after the dentist when the Novocaine is wearing off). The pain is hard to describe outside of f---ing painful, but I could see labeling it burning, shooting, stabbing, electric...
It tends to come about as a result of working out (this bout of it came following a 5k obstacle/mud race), and if I actively avoid working out it will "heal" in time. Previous rounds have stemmed from (ostensibly, anyway... don't really know the cause, so it's hard to know where it's coming from) periods of various lifting exercises, CrossFit exercise, and c25K running. Each time the pain gets progressively more frequent/painful as I keep working out until I give up on working out so it will heal. It also spread down my arm towards the elbow last time.
I went to the doctor and explained it to her, but the pain was healing at the time and I couldn't really make it happen. She didn't seem to have any ideas about it anyway. She said come back if it starts happening again. I'm thinking about ramping up my exercise levels to see if I can make it worse before going back to the doctor. My brother says it's pinched nerves and there's not much that can be done.
Any ideas what it might be, or how I can keep running but stop the arm pain? Anyone ever deal with similar pain?
asked byEric_13 (1721)
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on June 29, 2011
at 01:21 AM
It sounds exactly like what my husband had. The pain in his bicep was so bad that by the time he went to see a neurologist there had been a significant amount of atrophy. He had an MRI which showed arthritis in his neck at C2 - C5 (he's only 43). So, it was pinched nerves - like your brother said. (All of your symptoms sound like nerve pain, btw) He then had steroid injections into the area and that provided significant relief. He still has issues with the pain intermittently if he overworks it. Unfortunately for him he is very much into CW and doesn't believe that changing his diet and specifically cutting the sugar out may be really beneficial. How old are you? Ever had any issues with arthritis before? Any other autoimmune issues?
on June 29, 2011
at 03:02 AM
You have tightness which is causing structural imbalance. You will most likely get mis-diagnosed because it is an issue within the soft tissue called facia. If you get an orthopaedic massage from an LMT, who knows their stuff, you can get it squared away. You have to stretch your tri-ceps and pec major muscles. The actual area where the pain is is simply a referal pattern. Muscles move bones and nerves are within the tissue too. Stretching, heat and massage therapy.
on June 29, 2011
at 01:44 AM
I'd suggest contacting a chiropractor who practices "ART" (Active Release Techniques), which is physical therapy of sorts that involves quite a bit of stretching. I have found relief in various areas (arms, hammies, lower back) when I get flared up from over-doing it while working out. I used to put chiropractors in the "voodoo medicine" category but now think they provide an alternative to conventional medicine that proves beneficial for some folks.