Anyone ever have one?
I have no idea how I did it, but I injured my bicep a few weeks ago, heck, maybe a month ago, and the damned thing will not heal. At first I thought it was my deltoid, because I had difficulty lifting that arm up in the air. When I’d raise both arms to apply shampoo in the shower, for instance, that shoulder hurt like hell and quickly grew tired so it was hard just holding that arm up. It’s not as bad as it was, but it still hurts like hell when I reach around backwards with that arm.
In any event, after two or three weeks of the injury my wife made me go to the hospital, where the first doc immediately guessed that it was bicep, not deltoid, and I realized she’s right. They also did a soft-tissue echo exam (like a sonogram) but the doc didn’t see anything. That doc’s comment was that the ligament looked ordinary, so I googled biceps injuries and learned that often they’re gruesome – apparently the tendon connecting the bicep to the shoulder will tear off, surgery is needed and takes a long, long time to recover.
But despite the difficulty raising my arm, the pain’s not in my shoulder – it’s in the middle of the bicep, the part that sticks up when one bends the arm and flexes the bicep. It’s not nearly as bad as the tendon being ripped loose, but it definitely hurts, a stabbing pain in the middle of the bicep. It’s also painful when I sleep on that side and very painful to raise that arm over my head when trying to sleep.
Has anyone suffered such a thing before? Any suggestions for recovering from it? Heat? Accupuncture? Massage? Gentle exercise?