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    Age: 40, Male, Presenting Problem Since: 1 month, Symptom Behaviour: Same, No Investigations, No Diabetes, No history of High Blood Pressure, No Medications, No Osteoporosis, No Hx of Cancer, No Unexplained Weight Loss, No Bowel/Bladder issues

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    Upper Arm, Triceps - Posterior - Left

    Left pec, lat and tricep not firing.. weakness especially in tricep.

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    Hi there. Im contending with one hell of a frustrating issue that i cannot get to the bottom of. About 1 month ago, i went to bench press and experienced a severe lack of strength in the left tricep. I didnt notice injuring myself beforehand.. To coincide with this, the upper left portion of my back was in pain with slight muscle spasms in the left pec and lat.

    I subsequently went to visit a physio who ironed out a few knots in that region along with a possible impingement in the pec minor area ( upon him pressing here i noticed my tricep hurt) . After physio, pain was eliminated in my back .

    He initially thought it was a nerve impingement but i have no numbness or tingling sensations..

    After a week long rest he recommended getting back to the gym and training low weight high volume.. this in turn has returned some strength to the upper left area. But.. im noticing that my left pec..lat and tri are not firing and consequently no pump... im not sure but it feels as though my shoulder isnt stable.. no pain but left shpulder doesnt feel comfortable .. moreso an awkward feeling with any over head pressing movement. Lastly i still have these slight muscle spasms.

    Any thoughts hugely appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Left pec, lat and tricep not firing.. weakness especially in tricep.

    Hey Euphmorning,

    Same exact issues here, only mine are on the right side, and I have an ever so slight numbness at the tip of my right index finger. I experienced a terrible pain in my upper neck on the right side after playing basketball one night 5 months ago, and the pain was so bad that I could hardly turn my head to the right. The pain subsided over the course of a week or so, but it was replaced with insane weakness in my right arm; I couldn't even get a ball into a basketball hoop from 3 feet out. Shortly thereafter, I noticed significant atrophy in my right triceps and chest.

    My strength has since recovered to the point where I can shoot 3 pointers, but both my chest and triceps are still small and flaccid. I also get constant twitching/fasciculations in my triceps, chest and lats. I had an MRI done, and that showed bulging discs at C5-C6 and C7-C8, with mild to severe foraminal narrowing in both. My neurosurgeon still remains perplexed, however, citing that those nerve roots and their associated branches don't innervate the pectoral muscles. The brachial plexus is a fairly complex nerve system though, and based on my own research, there appear to be branches that do in fact innervate the pectoral muscles.

    Have you looked into Brachial Neuritis (also goes by Parsonage-Turner Syndrome and Neuralgic Amyotrophy)? Several folks on this forum mentioned having the same exact issues we're both having, and were diagnosed with this disorder. Thankfully, it sounds like recovery is highly likely if this is in fact what we're suffering from. Curious to hear others who've had similar symptoms.


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    Re: Left pec, lat and tricep not firing.. weakness especially in tricep.

    Hello, hope this finds you well...reading the thread and much of what you are experiencing is very similar to what I have gone through.

    Wanted to ask to see if there are any updates on your recovery?


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    Re: Left pec, lat and tricep not firing.. weakness especially in tricep.

    I never really received a firm diagnosis, but I can tell you that I've regained a significant amount of strength (~80%) since the initial episode. The fact that I did regain strength gradually over time without any strength training, combined with the length of time it took to regain the strength, leads me to believe it was some type of neuritis caused my trauma to the brachial complex. I still get fasciculations in my right triceps & chest every so often, but they've decreased considerably -- both in terms of frequency and intensity.

    If you're going through something similar, would just suggest an ample amount of rest. Like I said in my initial post, it took a solid 5 months of abstaining from weight lifting or contact sports to recover an appreciable amount of strength, which makes sense given a nerve regeneration rate of 1"/month.

    Hope this helps!


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    Re: Left pec, lat and tricep not firing.. weakness especially in tricep.

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    Thanks for getting back to me, Iím glad youíre well on your way to a healthy recovery.

    Unfortunately for me, Iím 2 1/2 years into my ordeal and have made significant progress, but still have issues. Iím back to 60-70% strength.

    I continue to have spasms/fasciculations in my right tricep and numbness and tingling in my fingers. No one took me serious when I would explain my difficulty and I believe that prevented me from the proper care.

    The twitching was a serious issue mentally...mostly because googling ďmuscle twitchesĒ gives you 1000ís of pages that suggests that you are dying the horrible death of ALS...I donít think thatís a concern at this point, but it was a serious scare until I got some reassurance from a Neurologist.

    I hope I recover...one step at a time.

    Thanks again



 
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