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By Reedrombo
From Nationwide Dirtbag
Nov 2, 2011

So I have a recurring issue with my biceps and climbing. Last year my right bicep would go numb immediately after a climb. It would become so numb that I couldn't lift my arm to untie the knot. After a few minutes it would still be numb-ish, but it would be functional at least. I was told it was tendonitis (the bicep is a muscle not a tendon I know, I was confused too) This person said "do pushups before and after climbing" it appeared to work...kinda. It still hurt a little, but ultimately after my summer of too much work and not enough climbing rid me of the whole rigamarole.

Anyways, yesterday I came off a route and felt a slight twinge of the same feeling, only in my LEFT bicep this time. Yeah, what the hell? Right. Today, the more I climbed the more it hurt, I took a 30 minute break and went back to it and it had lessened and didn't bother me too much but I still don't know what the hell it is. Also, for you who say "just do pushups again," I'll have you know I still do pushups before and after climbing, I never stopped so that this wouldn't happen again.

A little more description of the pain: The epicenter of the pain/numbness is on the inside of my bicep, lower down my arm close to my elbow crotch region. So just above the inside crotch of my elbow on the actual bicep muscle. The feeling radiates up and out sprawling across my bicep and lessening the farther it gets away from the epicenter. As it gets worse it becomes movement hindering and more numb. In the end it can be breath takingly painful (almost passed out a few times last year with the right bicep).

Any ideas from the people more educated than myself?


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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Nov 2, 2011
Mathematical!

I also have pain on my biceps just above my elbow crotch (lol). I'm curious to hear what it could be. I always assumed it was a result of neglecting to exercise my triceps.


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By James Otey
From NH
Nov 2, 2011
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That's really weird. I'm no expert, but I would guess some kind on inflammation impinging on the brachial plexus.


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By Reedrombo
From Nationwide Dirtbag
Nov 2, 2011

Brachial plexus required a google search. But I'm up to date now. I wondered if it wasn't like a pinched nerve or something as well. As for the tricep idea, I work out regularly and I always work out my triceps and the whole works. So I highly doubt that could be the issue. Any one else?


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By Reedrombo
From Nationwide Dirtbag
Nov 2, 2011

Also, I think elbow crotch should be added to the mayo clinic dictionary of medical terms. Makes sense to me!


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