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Hello,

I am 35 and I used to be a bodybuilder in my late 20s. I am trying to get back into shape again, but I have a old nagging left elbow injury that is giving me fits.

When doing bicep curls, I have had to give up on using a curl bar and just stick to dumb bells in order to get an angle that doesn't hurt. I have started to take Glucosamine along with MSM, and decided to do a cycle of creatine. I always drink protein shakes as well in my diet. The Glucosamine seems to help dull the pain a bit. But I never seem to get rid of it.

Do you ahve any suggestions that I could do or supplements to take to further my healing?

I have taken months off of working out to see if that would help, and that did very little.

Thank you

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I have no clue what is wrong with you. Have you seen a doctor? Have you an ordinary X-ray you can post?

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I have no clue what is wrong with you.

Hey, that sounds like my wife!!! j/k

No, I have not gone to a doctor, I always felt as though it was a strain of some type and that time would heal it up. I guess I will go get an X-ray and see what is up. Thanks for the reply though.

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This is going to sound stupid, but I am going to post it anyway. I have had to get away from the curl bar and go to dumbell weights for curls, but it has always been that way for me. I have tried to go back after a year or so, but I still get a pain in my left arm, so I have given up on it completely.

Is there a reason the dumbell lifts are inferior to the curl bar lifts?

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No, I don't think they are inferior, generally you can lift more weight with the bar though. I think it was a more even workout feel than using dumb bells.

Easier to keep the right posture and form. Takes a bit of the cheating out of the equation if you can keep your back straight. Glad to hear I am not the only one though. I just figured I was getting too old!

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I am 43, but had the same problem with curls since high school. Coaches said I just needed to work through the pain.

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If your problem is similar to tennis elbow or the tendons and ligaments on the outside of the elbow, this area once aggravated is almost impposible to heal short of non-use of the elbow. I have had two separate incidents w/ my left elbow where it got bad enough I couldn't make a tight fist. I had a cortizone(steroid) shot injected into to tendon on the elbow each time. It hurt during the injection and for about 24 hours. Then the difference was like night and day, my elbow function was back. Funny how we take so much for granted. Your problem may be different although it sounds similar.

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If your problem is similar to tennis elbow or the tendons and ligaments on the outside of the elbow, this area once aggravated is almost impposible to heal short of non-use of the elbow. I have had two separate incidents w/ my left elbow where it got bad enough I couldn't make a tight fist. I had a cortizone(steroid) shot injected into to tendon on the elbow each time. It hurt during the injection and for about 24 hours. Then the difference was like night and day, my elbow function was back. Funny how we take so much for granted. Your problem may be different although it sounds similar.

It does sound similar. I have always tried to work through the pain, but it hurts to flex my bicep, and I feel most of the pain on the inside of the elbow, right where the bicep connects. Kind of hard to explain. Did the cortizone shot relieve the pain for good?? That would be worth it to me.

Thanks for all of the info.:applause:

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For me, it did eliminate the pain. I don't like going to the doctor unless I need to, which I was more than ready at the time. I could feel the cortizone whiggling into the aggravated tendon and yes it hurt a little(24 hrs) but by the next day, it was good to go. Mine hurt when I flexed my bicep too. Yours sounds like golfers elbow which is similar to tennis elbow, just with the tendon pain on the opposite(inside) of the outside of the elbow. Your family Doc can help you or go to an orthopedic Doc(specialist). Tell them your problem and ask for a cortizone shot-

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If your problem is similar to tennis elbow or the tendons and ligaments on the outside of the elbow, this area once aggravated is almost impposible to heal short of non-use of the elbow. I have had two separate incidents w/ my left elbow where it got bad enough I couldn't make a tight fist. I had a cortizone(steroid) shot injected into to tendon on the elbow each time. It hurt during the injection and for about 24 hours. Then the difference was like night and day, my elbow function was back. Funny how we take so much for granted. Your problem may be different although it sounds similar.

I've got the same nagging problem.... Over rode at the track one weekend and it's never gotten better. MRI showed inflamation with no tear. I've done (2) shots already with mild amount of improvement.

What jcKLX300R describes is different since it's on the inside of his arm, not the outside of the elbow. Torn bicept maybe?

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Well, I used to think that it could be a torn bicep, but I took many months off of training to see if it would start to feel better, but really it was just as bad if not worse.

I am the same way about going to a doctor unless I have to. So that looks like my next plan.

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Thank you for the link. I will give that a try first. Worst case I am only out a few $$

Thanks again

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