Loss of strength in left arm after heavy lifting

by Andersson Liriano
(Bronx, Ny)

Hi, I started going seriously to the Gym and eating healthy on Jan 2 of this year, after 4 weeks of training i decided to go real heavy for 4 weeks, working 2 muscles per day, chest and triceps Monday, legs and shoulders wed, and back and biceps Friday, on my 2nd week on Wednesday I did my shoulder and legs, and next day I felt an uncomfortable pain on the lower part of my neck and left shoulder blade, but it did not feel like a muscle but something more deep inside.

I kept doing my exercise for one more week thinking it might go away. But my left side of my triceps started twitching also my shoulder blade, my left pec and left lat were twitching now and then depending on my arm position, after resting a couple of days they started twitching less, also I don't feel that much pain but I lost all my strength and I could barely grab a 10 pound weight and do triceps or any workout using that arm, I can't even support myself or stand up using my left arm.

another detail, I have full flexibility of my arm, I'm able to move it up, Down or to the sides without any pain, everything is normal except for not having any strength on that side of my body and I'm an above average strong guy.

What is your opinion?

Thanks for taking the time to read this.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Andersson.

You're welcome, no problem. Thanks for all the details.

Well, it certainly doesn't sound like Tendonitis


See: What Is Tendonitis

It does sound like you lifted heavy, and essentially tightened up a muscle so much that it pulled one of your cervical vertebrae out of whack. This can explain the twitching and then the loss of strength.

Also, twitching is a funciton of lack of Magnesium (for Tendonitis)

Having said that, give me more details, including update/progression.

1. Do you have loss of strength due to pain? Or just less strength?

2. Describe more -where- the pain/problem is. YOu said 'more deep inside'. (sounds like scalene muscle and where it refers pain to)

3. Was there any pain from the lifting, or was the lifting fine but next day the pain/problem kicked in?

You say more, then I'll say more.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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