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Sounds to me like it could be due to an imbalance in the extensors/flexors of the elbow. Do you put just as much (if not more) attention on the triceps as the biceps in comparison? You should be.
I'm not saying that's definitely what it is, but a lot of times the same thing happens to the shoulders when someone has internal humerus rotation, protracted shoulders when they overwork the chest and neglect the back, lordosis when they over work the hip extensors and under stimulate the hip flexors or place stress on the ACL when the quads are significantly more active than the hamstrings.
If you're putting too much emphasis on the biceps, this could indeed be the problem. If it is, stretch the biceps and start a 2:1 ratio of tricep stimulus vs. bicep stimulus.
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I had exactly the same thing, a sharp stabbing pain followed by a dull ache, deep inside my elbow.
I tried various wraps, supports etc but the pain got worse and stopped me progressing up the weights.
In desperation, I tried a little battery operated device made by Tenease.com. They offered a full guarantee and refund , so I went for it.
After two weeks of using it the pain stated to ease, and within a month it had gone, I was really shocked that something so simple and relatively cheap, actually worked. This isn't Bull, I very rarely reply to posts, but this struck such a chord and I wanted to let you know it can be sorted quite quickly. Andy
Maybe a slight bit more on bicep then tricep. I try to hit both heads of the bicep good. Which then makes me do more sets trying to equally hit them both good. I try to isolate the triceps too. But maybe a tad more focus on bicep. Thanks I'll keep a eye on it. And throw in some more tricep to bicep once I start back up on it. I'm laying off any elbow flexion things for another 2 weeks.
If anything, grip or forearm work, might be of more benefit IMO and or even maybe a few sets of hammer or reverse curls each week. Nothing wrong with a few sets, but IMO some guys spend waaaaaaaay too much time bombing and blitzing a small muscle that does not need so much iso attention.
Update on the situation. I've layed off any biceps lifting movement. Including anything to do with biceps, back, or any type of chest fly since that seemed to put pressure on it. I've keep up with just going 3 days a week. I've been taking anti inflammatory stuff (aspirin) I've been icing my elbow atleast once a day and using penetrex anti inflammatory cream twice a day. I tried a lat pull down yesterday and it felt great where as before I could barely do it. Been about 4 weeks. Gonna lay off it another 2 weeks atleast but seems to be getting better. Thanks for the help guys.
I get that same pain when I do pull ups O.o
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I did too. It was anything that required my bicep to handle a load (only in my right elbow). It was fine outside of the gym. It's feeling better. Hopefully just tendinitis.