Torn Pec, HELP!!
- 08-22-2008, 10:50 PM
Torn Pec, HELP!!
Damned if I wasn't benching today when out of nowhere the wing of my left pec tore, allowing much of the tissue to slide over. I'm not sure if there is any tendon/ligament damage, but it's very possible. Monday I have to go to my doc to set up the MRI with all that jazz to see what needs to be done. I was getting ready to do an igf cyle, how can I best utilize what's in my arsenal to speed up the healing process? Here's what I have (so far):
-1mg igf1 lr3
-only 1 mg of MFG
-5 mgs of GHRP-2
Tell me what my options are. Any other "materials" that could be useful, just let me know. Help me out guys, I know I'm a newb to these forums, but I really respect a lot of your opinions seeing as in how everyone here seems to really know their stuff.
- 08-22-2008, 10:54 PM
Holy crap! That sucks man...hopefully pumbertot will chime in...I think he's got experience in this area...
- 08-22-2008, 11:16 PM
Tell me about it. I wasn't with my doc for a minute before he was handing me loritabs like pez.
08-22-2008, 11:17 PM
Get better bro...I had a partial tear at the proximal end of my right bicep earlier this year...**** sucks...
08-22-2008, 11:33 PM
08-22-2008, 11:37 PM
alright we need to figure out the degree of tear. MRI helps but not always necessary.
1.how long ago did it happen exactly?
2.is there any sign of bruising(internal bleeding) around the site?
3.is the tear where the pec meets the armpit?
4.now if you flex your pecs, with your hands together as if praying, does the left side bunch in to the centre leaving a gap at the armpit?
and dont despair. if its complete tear, its very fixable. mine was done after 3 years and still looks very close to its original self. peptides will help but lets figure out if you need surgery or not 1st.
and i will tell you every supplement and peptide+AAS that is benefitial, I researched this subject throughly.
08-22-2008, 11:49 PM
I plan on going to MY doc asap on monday, to see what my next move is. I'm sure he'll set up an MRI then.
1. Almost exactly 7 hours ago.
2. Not really any sign of either (yet).
4. If I'm following you correctly, I think so. There's a big lump towards the middle of my chest. No strength AT ALL.
What do I need to start stocking up on? I know a lot of what we have to figure out revolves around if surgery is a must, but what can I do now to get the ball rolling?
08-23-2008, 12:37 AM
get ice on it now and continuously 24/7. immobilise it too, even a makeshift sling.
08-23-2008, 12:49 AM
I'm on it. I already got the sling a few hours ago, & I'm bagging ice as soon as I finish typing this. I got your email, and it's good to know what I'm dealing with. Thanks Pump, I mean it!
08-23-2008, 12:52 AM
08-24-2008, 12:03 AM
Update: I don't think there is any extreme tendon damage. I'm hoping they are merely strained with minor tearing if any. I've been Icing thoroughly for the last 30-36 hours, & my range of movement has improved. There is an obvious amount of tissue missing from the armpit area that has bunched more central in my left pec.
What do you guys think, wait for the MRI (which I will get one way or another), or go ahead and start on my igf/mgf?
08-24-2008, 01:36 AM
From a prevention stand point....is there anything you believe you could have done prior to working out that could have prevented this from happening?
As for the IGF...from what I've read...the sooner it is introduced after an injury the better...but I'm far from an expert so I'll defer till someone with more experience than I can advise.
But if you do need surgery on it...have it on standby and ready to go.
08-24-2008, 06:27 PM
Hey I would wait until you meet with your Doctor again and he explains the MRI to you. Be sure you ask questions of the doctor, thats what they do. As far as Igf-1 or ghrp I'd wait until after the surgery. It does sound like you will have to have surgery. You can get it now and hold on to it until you feel up to using it after surgery. You'll prob. be sore for the first few days after surgery and should just rest.
08-24-2008, 07:42 PM
08-24-2008, 09:38 PM
I figured this would most likely be the case.
But yah, I'm not even going to call monday morning, but rather SHOW UP to my doctor and get things in motion. I'm already going bonkers not being to take part in my routine. Looks like it's legs for awhile fellas.
That's badass, Pum. I would have loved to of had seen the doc's face when you denied the pain killers.
08-24-2008, 10:11 PM
the Fellow on the surgical team said I reminded him of the film Brave Heart (im Scottish),lol.
sent you another email. just make sure you INSIST on MRI, refuse a plain film X-ray, it serves no purpose in muscle/tendon tears and will just give you unnecessary radiation.
well yes but hey my legs are bigger than ever so it serves some purpose.
08-24-2008, 11:20 PM
08-25-2008, 01:16 AM
08-25-2008, 11:08 AM
So as far as pain for the injury, how is it? I always fear going heavy and to deep on bench cause of this type of injury. I think out of all the BBing injuries i hear, this is the most, torn pectoral.
Good luck with all the Dr. stuff and surgery, youre in good hands on this end with Pumb, simply brilliant.
08-25-2008, 03:20 PM
But yah, he's helped me out A LOT. If you ever have any problems in this department, he's your man for advice.
08-25-2008, 11:38 PM
good to know. I just thought something like that would make a man cry, apparently not.
Yea, this section of AM is great, i loved when i started coming here awhile ago. Glad to see it picked up some...kind of.
08-26-2008, 12:37 AM
however for about a year I replayed the moment of rupture over in my mind almost every day. no there was no bad pain but I cant forget the sickening ripping noise and feeling a sort of whipping feeling as the pec/tendon curled up inside.
08-26-2008, 12:57 AM
08-26-2008, 07:29 PM
wophood, did you get your MRI set up yet? I'm sure your doc didn't do it Monday but did he set it up? When I tore my tricep tendon on bench press back in 06 it was a wicked sound. I had a loud pop and then a ripping sound like someone tearing a shirt sleeve or cloth. The pain was sharp for about the first 30 seconds and the it became a dull throbing type pain. I did take the pain killers to have on hand. One has to be carefull though. They can be abused very easy. Are you still icing it? sore?
08-26-2008, 10:20 PM
Yah, I saw my orthopedic surgeon monday and he set up an MRI for tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully by the end of the week we will know for sure the next course of action. The ripping sound you explained is a lot like what I was trying to explain earlier.
I'm still continuing to ice it as much as possible. As for soreness, the muscle itself doesn't hurt unless it is touched, or somehow activated. For example, if I try to close a sliding door out of habbit, which would be similar to a fly motion, it's a very sharp pain. There is also 0 strength.
08-26-2008, 10:27 PM
Keep us updated man...
08-27-2008, 06:29 PM
Alright fellas, I got the MRI today. The images should be at my doc's office by tomorrow, but just in case they don't make it there I got everything backed up on a cd which I took with me. Hopefully I'll be back in my orthopedic surgeon's office by the end of the week with some new course of action to be taken. Thanks for the support guys.
08-27-2008, 09:17 PM
08-27-2008, 09:48 PM
08-29-2008, 11:17 AM
Fully ruptured. Yup, I said it. I got back the results from the MRI today, & I fully ruptured my tendon. My doc is suppose to call me early next week to schedule surgery and go through the specifics with me.
08-29-2008, 07:11 PM
At least you know now. What do you think 4 to 6 months before you start lifting? I'd guess more toward 6 but thats only a guess based on experience. Let us know man!
08-29-2008, 07:45 PM
08-29-2008, 07:47 PM
08-30-2008, 01:23 AM
That's right gentlemen, I choose to look at this optimistically. I could wine like a little girly man, but it would get me nowhere. This is an opportunity the way I see it. I'm going to pound on my lower body like it's never been pounded before. Why? Because I can. Because I want to. That's why.
08-30-2008, 02:52 AM
08-30-2008, 12:58 PM
Talk with your doctor, he is your bestfriend right now. See how long he thinks you will be out of your "regular" weightlifting routine. For my Tricep tendon it was a true six months before my tricep was ready for a "normal or ruguar" routine as what I was doing before I was injured. Thats not to say I was doing rehab and light movements for that area with weight before the 6mo. mark. As far as my bicep tendon and rotator cuff it will be about 4months. But, the good news is I can do everything I could before. Heavy bench or anything I want to do as long as I rehabed right and give the injured area the time to heal. Go with what you doctor says. He will be right. It will take a while to get back to pre-injury state but patience and determinatin will help you greatly.
Keep us updated!
08-30-2008, 06:51 PM
yes you are right but i didnt pull the info out of my ass btw, ive been talking to several people with the same injury as us, both chronic(like me) and acute(like wophood) so I do know what im talking about.
for this type of tendon rupture, ALL surgeons would advise against movements(that I listed) which put the tendon under extreme stress.
08-30-2008, 07:25 PM
Chill out a lil bit. I didn't say anything about you or whether you were wrong or right??? I said listen to the doctor and that should be "his" doctor. Thats what's he is paying him for and that's what doctor specializes in and went to school for a number of years for. His ortho. knows way much more than you or me. There is no doubt about that because wophoods his patient. Don't get so worked up over nothing, this is wophoods thread.
By the way Wophood I"m speaking from my experience with my injuries and ortho. My ortho. did give me clearence to do pretty much anything and everything after proper time to heal and rehab but again this board is just for people to share experinces and advice. Your doctor should have the last word my friend. Again keep us updated as I am very interested in the study of indviduals and injuries. Thanks!
08-30-2008, 08:21 PM
also ive been in contact with one guy that had the same acute rupture repaired. its fair to say his Dr knew very little about correct rehab, they had him do physio from the 1st day post-op
in uncomfortable positions, even with his arm up behind his back.
oddly enough he had a retear at 4 months post-op. orthos are far from perfect, even many shoulder orthos have never re-attached a pectoral tendon.
im not being bigheaded when I say I know as much about this rehab as most orthos do.
oh and im very chilled my friend, im almost sliding out of the chair.
edit: heres the proof, the architect of this site is a supposed 'experienced' ortho. this rehab is SO SO wrong.
08-30-2008, 08:52 PM
You're right doctors can be wrong and I don't know how well woodhop knows his ortho. I am very cormfortable and confident with my ortho. I've had doctors in other areas of medicidne that I haven't felt comfortable with and didn't like how they did their job. I went to another doctor and got second opionions so no not every doctor or ortho. out there will know what they are doing or is as good as others so you have to be careful on that aspect. My doctor I am very confident with and have a great doc./patient relationship with. (my ortho. is a hand specialist and a general ortho. meaning he does pretty much everything).
Anyway thanks for being chilled! lol.
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