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Muscle Injury... Now What?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

I was so tired yesterday.

I woke up sore, but despite the pain I felt really positive about it. I went to work, I had an engagement party to go to, and then a games night with friends afterwards. I was calorie counting all day, but thought I was more or less taking it easy. By the time I got to games night, I was exhausted, so when that wrapped up I was relieved to go back home and sleep.

And then, around 4:30 this morning, I woke up in severe pain and could not fall back asleep. My right shoulder/arm really hurts, and it can't do much at all without a massive quantity of pain (typing is primarily fingers and wrists, so that does not bother my arm).

After some minor SparkResearch, I am pretty sure that it's only a level one injury. I mean, it hurts like hell, but if I had to lift a decent amount of weight I could do with (with immense b*tching), so my muscles are fine--just incredibly tender.

But now what? Should I not take the class tomorrow? Should I lay off on the hardcore exercising until, say, Wednesday? I don't really know what to do. So I'll keep taking ibuprofen and hoping for the best.

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    I agree with mennoly and that if you are going to use feel good enough to use the lights, use very light ones. I know when I injured my knee I had a rough time cutting back or cutting down, I felt like I was in my groove before I started. But I also knew if I went back to things too quickly that I would only make things worse rather than better, so I took things day by day and ultimately I found other things I could do to still get in workouts and such, but not risk further injury. So basically I guess as long as your paying much attention to your body, listen to it and be careful.
    2176 days ago
    If you go to body pump use very light weights. Better move is not to do it tomorrow. This is DOM and You went to far too fast. Do your run tomorrow. I expect you will feel better tomorrow. If you don't you may have strained something. Once you no longer feel pain I would do some of the arm weight machines to gently strengthen your arm muscles. Good Luck!
    2176 days ago
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