Might not be the right forum, but I'm not really looking for training advice.
Had left sided shoulder pain for the past 9 months. Been doing very limited upper body pressing movements in this time.
Layed off all pressing movements for about six weeks- Didn't help
Layed off back squats for about 2 months- Didn't Help
Did physio- Didn't help
Stretching- Didn't help
Ice- Didn't help
NSAIDs- Didn't help
Soft tissue work on pecs/lats- Didn't help
Face pulls, **** tons of rowing and scapular stabilization stuff- Didn't help
Zero overhead pressing for the past 7 months- Didn't help
3 week total lay off from the gym at the moment with high dose NSAIDS- Isn't really helping
I doubt this is gonna get better as we stand, and I guess steroid injections and surgery are my only options left.
The pain isn't particularly bad in itself, and if I didn't lift I'd probably just get on with it, but it is preventing me from doing a lot of what I want to do in the gym.
For the record I am a medical student 1 year from finals, so I have some understanding of shoulder pathology. I'm sure I have some form of impingement syndrome, possibly with a tear in my rotator cuff and/or labrum. Though I haven't had any imaging yet, but I don't think this really matters, as conservative management is pretty much the same amongst most shoulder pathologies.
Finding it depressing since I'll be graduating and entering a very busy and stressful profession in just over a year, and I really wanted to reach a life long target weight/lifting numbers before then, but these past 9 months have been a total waste (lost a lot of size/strength), and I really don't want the next year to be the same.
Heading back to the docs on monday, hope to get a referral to an orthopod or at least a steroid injection.
Just wanted to find out what other lifter's experience has been with this sort of thing.