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    Torn Muscle ?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    I was whipping out some pullups to show off for my daughter
    when I felt a bad pain in my lat (by my armpit). A couple of
    days later I noticed a small bruise by may armpit. It was about
    1/2 inch wide by 3 inches long. It has been 3 weeks now and I
    do not feel anything on an ordinary day. I can bench, do curls
    and bent over rows with no pain or sensation at all. If I do a
    lat pull down I do not feel pain, but it does not feel right / normal.

    Has anyone had this happen before and if so is there a general
    rule for how long to lay off of a tear ?

    I assumed since it did not hurt I would just come back slowly
    and see how it feels, but I do not want to risk
    a worse tear.

    Thanks in advance for any input.

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    if you're really worried get an MRI, however based on the fact that you say you can do exercises without pain I would not worry about it. if you tore some tissue it will repair itself, if you tore muscle off a tendon then you would need surgery, however if this were the case you would still be in pain and you would have had a very large bruise in that area.

    tip, never do an exercise without a proper warm-up.

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    Thanks, feedback from an experienced lifter
    helps put my mind at ease.

    Sometimes I think the worst thing possible.

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    The bruise is a sign of something, but the person I talked to who had a tear there which was minor could not put on or remove a shirt without crying in pain.

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    Same exact thing just happened to me a couple of days ago, except it's on my left pec. I was attempting a 1 rep. max though, and it kinda had a little pulling feeling, so I stopped for the day, and the next day I have a very faint bruise on my pec about the size of a quarter. I've let it go a couple days, with no pain at all. I guess once my pec day comes up, i may take it easy, or just test the waters, see how i feel.

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    When I've had problems on ME days its not even so bad I'd see a bruise, I would very highly recommend being carefull there. I do about 5-6 sets of warmups on my way to benching, and right now I start out at 8 reps, no more 1RM for awhile. I go down to about 3-4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milliman
    I assumed since it did not hurt I would just come back slowly
    and see how it feels, but I do not want to risk
    a worse tear.
    Maybe that is what happening? Your bruise is something like a predisposition to a big tear to happen or is there other explanation for the bruise? Someone can explain this?

    Can a moderator move this thread to General Health? Thanks

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