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Old 11-08-2011, 02:42 PM   #1
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Painful lump on bicep with Radiating Pain to Trapezoid and Neck

Hello, this is my second post on the same subject. Being a newbie I think I posted the first post to the wrong catagory and this is the closest I can get to my problem.

So, the issue I'm having is a lump on my left bicep for over a year now. It was sore, but never really started bothering me until now. I have been active/athletic all my life with the exception of the last few years. I started having pain in lower back and found out I didn't have any disc left between my L4 and L5 and basically it was just bone on bone. I ended up having back surgery to fuse the L3,L4 and L5 together. This was in Oct. 2010. Since then I have been diaginosed with osteo and degenerative disk disease (same as my mom). Before the back pain started I noticed a lump on my lower left bicep. I thought it was just a knot in the muscle but the more I messaged it the sorer it gets Sometime it feels like something catches and pops. The pain has worked it's way to my Trapezius muscle and up my neck and I cant use my left arm with out constant pain. When I sleep, I have to sleep on my back with my arm at my side but I still feel the pain. I take ibuprohen and rub an analgesic cream from the bicep to my neck and still wake up a few hours later with pain. Don't know wether to go to my family Dr. or start out with a sports medicine specialist. Any suggestions as to what this might be and what kind of Dr. to start out with. Just don't want to be bounced around from Dr. to Dr. if you know what I mean. Thanks!

 
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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Re: Painful lump on bicep with Radiating Pain to Trapezoid and Neck

It could be a very severe trigger point.

If you have a good relationship with your family doctor, start there. Otherwise, a physiatrist might be a good bet, if there's one in practice near you. If not, try a sports medicine doctor.

 
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Re: Painful lump on bicep with Radiating Pain to Trapezoid and Neck

If the bump is the size or bigger than an egg and it is in an area a few inches up from the front of your elbow you most likely have a rupture of the long head of biceps. It ruptures up in the upper front of the shoulder and when it does it naturally bunches up or in this case down. Strange as it seems many rupture without pain. People who do repetative shoulder work seem to suffer most. It is possible to have the tendon joined up but whether it is worth it I don't know. So stand in front of the mirror, hands and arms in the surrender position and look at the bump when contracting bideps, it should look it's largest in this position. The other option is a plane simple muscle hernia.
Let us know what you decide, should really see your Doc.
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