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    Never ending tendonitis very frustrating

    Hey bros I'm 6"1 195lbs. I've been lifting weights a couple of years now. Whenever I work biceps my left arm is sore as shit at the elbow. I recently laid off of it for a month and a half, and thought it should be healed. I went to the gym today and worked bis and once again soreness starts creeping up. I feel I could have much bigger arms if this wasn't in my way. What can I do?

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    I also have very severe tendonitis among many other injuries and the only advice I can give is to work around your injuries . Only other option is to not train and that is not an option . Goo luck and maybe your case is not as severe as mine and rehabilitation is an option for you . Good luck bro

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    ^^^^ Agreed.

    Have you gone to your doctor? Can you work triceps without pain?

    Stop training your left biceps for three months. Working the right biceps may help maintain your left biceps. Sounds like crazy talk but I thought I saw somewhere that training the uninjured limb can keep the injured limb from atrophying significantly. And, fwiw, your triceps are what's responsible for your arms looking big.

    Wishing you a full recovery.

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    Try out a product called E-Pharm Joint Force. This product has been priceless for my tendonitis issues and really works in a way no other product I have come across does. It is made by Patrick Arnold's company so that should make you feel a little more secure about investing in a bottle.



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    Forearm tendonitis was the first I ever experienced - back in 1992. Since then I've also got all sorts of fun w/ wrist & elbow and even more at the insertion points. It flairs and settles, but never really seems to have "healed". The thing is that you've started establishing a compromise in that joint, probably just from a combination of stress to the joint as well as simply repetitive motion. I'm going to check out the E-Pharm stuff as well, but the anti-inflammatories aren't going to make it "heal" because the environment you developed it in isn't going to change if you plan on being a lifetime lifter. As you start start to experience the isolated points of wear & tear, I'd recommend that you start to incorporate a few stretches into your program to warm up those smaller joints. Over time the same can happen at different connection points to the same area - like I mentioned - wrist, forearm insertion point, elbow - "inside" and "outside" (tennis elbow / golfer's elbow), bicep and tricep insertions to the elbow joint as well as so all the connectors into your shoulder / rotator. Expect it. When you hit 40-45 it will be there for sure. I'm 47 - currently I have no real issues in the big muscles, but the little muscles around all the little joints, including all the way up my arms, as well as my ankles and into my feet (plantar fasciitis) - I can literally feel the tightness if I twist or stretch these. Its essentially the same as getting a knot in your back or any of the big muscles, except its in the little muscles that we take for granted, don't explicitly stretch and bear the brunt of the repetitive motion stuff that is inherent in weight lifting

    Here are some stretches I'd recommend you incorporate - even a few - but the consistency is what will save you over the years.

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    If that link doesn't work for you, I just googled "youtube elbow tendonitis stretching exercises".

    Ask any powerlifter or Oly guy or MMA guy about how important the stretches are....


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    Just one of the many ailments every bodybuilder/weightlifter goes through. Over time you'll aggravate your tendons with those heavy loads, the only thing i've found that works a 100% is rest.

    I know it's hard to rest and not do anything, but as Murph says, work around it. You're probably working arms too much or too heavy anyway. Don't do Bi's for awhile, as hard as you're working those, put that same effort into legs or calves or some other part of your body that you feel is lacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sassy69 View Post
    Forearm tendonitis was the first I ever experienced - back in 1992.
    I worked at a bindery in 1996 and moving the paper by hand was a lot quicker than using their cranes. We'd throw the sigs on the conveyor belt and just keep on moving, 13-hour days. Developed tennis elbow or what the doctor called epicondylitis.

    Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) -OrthoInfo - AAOS

    Physical therapy and rest helped. What I thought was fixed. Was doing barbell cleans and found out soon enough that nothing is ever fixed, it's just temporarily healed. lol Not messing with cleans ever again.

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    I've had the same thing for a while now and it's finally going away. Extra rest helped a lot but these types of injuries can last a long time, so I wasn't going to just wait untill it went away completely. I altered my training routine so that I had no isolation exercises for the biceps and did not go heavy on upper body pulling movements. It still aggravated it but not to the point where I needed anything for the pain. It was just enough pain/discomfort to let me know that it was still there and that I still needed to take it easy. It's almost completely gone now, but it's also been a good 4-5 months since it started. So be patient, because it's doubtful it will be gone anytime soon.

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    What arm/forearm exercises are you doing?
    How much weight are you using on each exercise?
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    The reason that I asked that question above is that sometimes you can get elbow tendonitis if you do not rotate arm and forearm exercises, volume and weight.
    Good luck with your issue.
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    A Thai Dr determined I have golfer's elbow. I can curl, but hurts to pick up a coffee pot.
    When I was diagnosed with a hernia I quit the gym for 3 months. It went away.

    The surgeon said 'go ahead' and lift until the hernia gets worse - so I did! Elbow came back.
    I take Osteo Bi-Flex with gelatin to support collagen production. MSM, Chondroitin, may help a bit. I found CetylPure and it seems to flare up less.

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    I have the same issues in both elbows and knees.I just wrap the shit out of them and still lift heavy.I use a lot of Icy hott and Ice them down if too sore.Seems to help with the pain.
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    Unfortunately for me, I recently ran into this same issue with my right elbow. Rest, rest and more rest seem to be the cure. I was so desperate to lift again that I almost found my self in front of the doctor asking for a cortisol injection. After time away from the gym and a rigorous supplement regimen w/Alflutop, my tennis elbow seemed to go away. I however right now don't lift heavy and still wrap my elbow just for precaution. Also, Penetrex seems to do awesome right after a workout.
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    go see a pt or other clinician who does active release therapy or graston therapy, they work wonders

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    What worked for me was find out which exercises are really aggravating it.(In my case, skullcrushers/heavy dips)

    Then I would find the best stretches for that area and really warm up good before going heavy on triceps. I read somewhere that negatives with light weight can help heal the tendon but who knows. All these things combined have mine healed, and I can now can go heavy on skullcrushers and dips without problems usually.

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