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What casues pain in arms and shoulder after lifting heavy weight?

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Posted on Fri, 11 Jul 2014
Question: 7 days ago I was lifting very heavy weight to build my muscles.After lifting,i started having pains in both arms that runs from my shoulders to my fingers. The pains are so severe i feel like my veins are pulling out of my body flesh.What can I do? what medicine should i take to return to the gym?
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Please, be gentle and progressive!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about what you are experiencing. It is rather unfortunate that in attempt to build your muscles, you adopted an aggressive strategy that seems not to be very helpful but hurtful. This is not always the best approach to obtaining our desired results. I will suggest that you start these exercises with small weights and increase over successive sessions as the tolerance and resistance of your muscles buildup. Any instant aggressive measures would lead to excess muscle straining, muscle breakdown and its associated consequences that would not help with the muscle building process but make it more difficult to accomplish the goals.

For now, you need enough rest for the injured muscles to heal and return to a healthy state before you can continue exercises to develop them. Pain medications would offer relief but do not mean you should return to the gym as the absence of pain is not synonymous to healthy muscles. Should you do so, you would continue damage and even ore as there would be no ore pain to limit further aggression.

In all, do not use aggressive measures to build muscles. get enough rest and start over with smaller weights and more gentle increases.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thank you so much for using our services and do feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (5 minutes later)
Can you give me a precription? either medication or cream/lotion to use to ease the pain?
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
See below

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for following up with me.

If it is a medication that needs a prescription, then you can only obtain that from your primary care doctor.

For pains, I always like to start with a combination of Ibuprofen and paracetamol as recommended by your doctor or pharmacist. Also, diclofenac pommade to be applied twice daily would help ease the pain.

If this requires a more powerful pain medication, then you would need a prescription from your doctor and that is something that I cannot do.

I hope this helps. Let me know if there is something more you would like us to talk on about this just now.
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What casues pain in arms and shoulder after lifting heavy weight?

Brief Answer: Please, be gentle and progressive! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about what you are experiencing. It is rather unfortunate that in attempt to build your muscles, you adopted an aggressive strategy that seems not to be very helpful but hurtful. This is not always the best approach to obtaining our desired results. I will suggest that you start these exercises with small weights and increase over successive sessions as the tolerance and resistance of your muscles buildup. Any instant aggressive measures would lead to excess muscle straining, muscle breakdown and its associated consequences that would not help with the muscle building process but make it more difficult to accomplish the goals. For now, you need enough rest for the injured muscles to heal and return to a healthy state before you can continue exercises to develop them. Pain medications would offer relief but do not mean you should return to the gym as the absence of pain is not synonymous to healthy muscles. Should you do so, you would continue damage and even ore as there would be no ore pain to limit further aggression. In all, do not use aggressive measures to build muscles. get enough rest and start over with smaller weights and more gentle increases. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thank you so much for using our services and do feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.