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dreamingof8a


Mar 6, 2014, 2:03 PM
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Random flashes of pain - Did I really overtrain ALL muscles from shoulders to hands??
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Hi everybody,

short backstory: I got back into proper climbing last year after a long-ish break of roughly two years. After the usual slow start I actually got into rather good shape again and started bouldering in January.
About three weeks ago I must have done a little too much, my left arm (mostly biceps/triceps) hurt for a few days as if ti had been hit by a blunt, large object - hard to describe but it was kinda like after falling on the arm, there was not one single center of pain but the whole arm hurt basically, in a very blunt way (sorry, don't know a better word in English).

I rested a few days, tried easy climbing, but then rested again since it did not feel 100% good. Then I tried again when I thought it was over but yet again, my arms (this time both of them) feel weird. It's not a bad pain this time, and also not constant. But it can hit me while lying in bed, or sitting in the office. It's like tiny flashes of pain in random spots of my forarm, biceps, triceps, shoulder .... it feels like a muscle thing, not like tendons.

Last climbing was a week ago since then I haven't done any exercises but still it's not really improving, just lingering. Right now I can feel it in my deltoids (posterior) for example. Sometimes it's okay for several hours, then it suddenly comes back without any obvious trigger.

Any idea what this is? Simply overtraining requiring some good rest?
Do you think I should stretch?
Or even do some (really) easy climbing - I've a had a few arm issues in the past that only got better through climbing, not through extended rest.
What surprises me is that it's not only one certain region but rather both entire arms seem to be affected .... although the areas where the pain appears most often are triceps and brachioradialis.

Thanks!


tscampbell


Mar 7, 2014, 5:24 AM
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overtraining, maybe. I would recommend taking a week or two climbing break to train muscle groups you use much less climbing. shoulder raises, presses, shrugs, butterflies, push-ups, etc should help balance out the muscle groups you have pushed so hard getting back into climbing. and you should stretch. always stretch. not so much before working out (look into dynamic warm-ups). also look into your diet. did you know that processed sugar has been known to cause swelling? making sure your food intake is balanced for your activities could go a long way as well. after 20 years of climbing i been forced to discover ways to equal out such imbalances. i hope it helps for you. Good luck!


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Mar 7, 2014, 9:52 AM
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I am not a doctor, but your description makes me think of some kind of nerve impingement.


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Doesn't sound like anything that should be happening. See a doctor.

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Mar 7, 2014, 2:31 PM
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If you were my patient and presented with those symptoms, I would be looking at a cervical spine issue.

Where are you, geographically?


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