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    Insurmountable Wrist Pain

    I've done a lot of searching and havent been able to find what I'm looking for.

    I have nasty wrist pain in both of my wrists and my bad left shoulder (tore the rotator cuff playing football) is hurting a bit as well

    I've been working out fairly regularly for the past 3 years. About 6 weeks ago, I started buckling down really hard...I had gotten home from college and so I had a bunch of free time and so of course I was going to work out more.

    I was going 4 days a week for the first 3 weeks. I was doing a 3 day split + a day of cardio. After that I switched to 5 days a week. 4 day split + a day of cardio.

    The last time I was on a really hardcore program (maxing squat and bench every week...it was a west side barbell routine) I got this same sort of wrist/shoulder pain but not as bad. Thus, to avoid it I figured that I would make sure I wasn't going really heavy...so instead of doing 3 or 5 rep sets, I've been doing 8-12 rep sets...and going for a good 8 rep max as my last set.

    I thought this was safe, but lately they've been really bothering me. They were bothering me quite a bit on chest/tri day. (Monday) Back/bi day was worse even though I was taking it easy. (Tuesday) When I tried to do curls that was nightmarish. I did 1 set of two different types and that was all I could bear..

    That was yesterday and now today my wrists are constantly hurting me. Typing at the computer hurts, driving my car hurts, even freaking changing clothes. So I don't know where to go from here.

    Sorry for the long post, but I'm just trying to paint the picture.

    Thanks!

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    When your body is screaming at you, listen to it. Im an old fart so I really have to pay attention to the little niggles I get from lifting. My right wrist was giving me fits on pressing days so I grabbed some wrist wraps to give it more support when I push. Its really seemed to help.

    In your case, if the pain is really bad, go see a doctor, otherwise I'd just back off a week and see if it improves. Don't be 'an hero' and push through the pain and use your best judgement.

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    if you think its in the joints, take glucosamine, that might help. eitherway, i'd wait about a week or 2 to see if it subsides, if not then check it with a doctor, u dont want to do damage

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    I've been taking glucosamine and chondroitin daily for over a year. I've been taking it ever since I hurt my shoulder in football.

    Also: The last time I was able to have a solid set of preacher curls, when I set the weight down I had pain on the bottom side of my forearms. The best way I could describe the pain is that it almost felt like the bone was trying to break/the muscle was trying to rip itself off of the bone.
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    My left wrist is ****ed. My left shoulder is a bit weird too so it must be connected.

    I broke my wrist when I was 16 and it has been prone to tendinitis ever since. It hurts off and on every year and I usually just suck it up and power-clean anyway. Recently it has always been on. I can't put any pressure on my hand when its bent back and I've finally accepted that I just can't front squat or powerclean any more. Even press-ups hurts.

    I have a sports medicine appointment booked for Monday. If it is really bad I suggest you do the same and you can save yourself some time. I'm hoping I can find the cause and get some specialist treatment. I'd much rather pay up and fix it now than forever have a bad wrist that gets worse and worse till I'm 60 and can't press anymore.

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    Yeah so after trying to take the past 5 days off, I still have wrist pain. Think I'm gonna go with drummer on this one and see a doctor on Monday. Hooray for crappy joints!
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    I would stay away from programs in which you are lifting above 90% (1RM) on a weekly basis. You can still build a considerable amount of strength in the 75-85% range and it is easier on your joints.

    For many individuals as they get stronger they will add additional support equipment, and wrist wraps are quite common among strong pressers. I would look into purchasing some wrist wraps for support during your pressing workouts; and potentially for heavy squatting.

    12"-20" wrist wraps are a good place to start and I would look for a somewhat heavy duty material. APT ZRV's or Black Mamba's are a good beginner wrap; or the Convict wraps if you are looking for a heavier support. There are also options from Metal, Inzer, Titan, EliteFTS, etc.

    Edit: Since you mentioned supplements, you may also want to try Fish Oil for joint support. It is inexpensive, good for your cardiovascular health, and also has anti-inflamatory properties.
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    In conjunction with what Tom and everyone else suggested, if the pain in your wrists is so bad it hurts to put on your clothes, you need to see someone about that. I don't know about physical therapists in your area, I'm sure someone here or on the Powerlifting forum can assist with that.

    You give some clues as to how old you but none to how strong you are. Your strength may well be exceeding your connective tissue's ability to recover.
    You talk about barbell curls specifically, which are notoriously hard on the wrists.
    I'm familiar with the pain you describe (it's worse when you set the bar down) and found that only after I'd eased back on getting stronger on my curling, allowing my wrists to adapt as well as my biceps, was I able to move back to curling with a bar (straight or otherwise). Basically I was getting ahead of myself. So might you be.

    If it is that, ease off curling for the next few weeks and re-introduce it slowly into your lifting, and don't get ahead of yourself - your muscles aren't the only things that need to adapt to the load and you may just have weak wrists that require a bit more patience.

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    I used to have that lower forearm pain when I was doing preacher curls or straight bar curls...I know it's probably been reiterated enough but I just took it easy from the heavy stuff for a while and did lighter weights with dumbbells instead and it hasn't really been a problem for me since.
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    Tom, are wrist straps really worth getting then? Because I'm getting my problem seen to, but some extra support might help me continue training while I'm getting physical therapy.

    I went to my sports medicine appointment yesterday and was diagnosed with a number of tendon issues and referred to an osteopath. I have my first session in a couple of hours and I'm really looking forward to finally getting some therapy. It seems like I'll get a mixture of muscle massage to loosen the forearm muscles, and grip exercises to strengthen the hand. My left grip strength is MUCH weaker than I'd realised, so I'm looking forward to seeing my deadlift rocket as well.

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