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HEALTH Anyone Here Ever Have A Ruptured Biceps?
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  1. #1
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    Anyone Here Ever Have A Ruptured Biceps?

    A little over a week ago, I stretched my arm and felt a searing pain. My Dr. said I had ruptured my distal biceps.

    In looking it up, I read that it is usually men who experience it, by lifting, but I had not lifted anything.

    It looks so weird, because when I bend my arm upwards, there is a mass in the upper arm that makes me look like Popeye the sailor babe! It disappears, when I relax the arm.

    It does hurt, upon certain movements, like raising my arm to take off or
    put on an over the head blouse, or reach for something. Most of the time, it doesn't hurt, tho. Occasionally, I'll let out an involuntary yelp.

    I saw, on the internet, that there is surgery for this, but ideally, it should be done within 2-4 weeks, after the incident causing the rupture. My Dr. referred me to a specialist, whom I'll be seeing, Friday (weather permitting! We're facing some heavy snows.)

    Just wondering if any of you or your family has had something like this, and what your experiences have been. I'd really like to avoid the surgery, but wonder if this would worsen, left alone. I love playing the organ, and it would be disaster to lose that ability!

    Thanks in advance for any information you may have. MMJ

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    Have seen plenty of these over the years. My advice, get the surgery, it relatively simple surgery, great results, minimal down time and rehab... you will be glad you did it and a year from now it will be a story you will talk about. The other option, don't get the surgery, every single day you will be reminded you have a torn bicep tendon with any motion involving elbow flexion, and you will probably stop wearing shirts that show your arms, and will wish you did it back when you could have... but don't let me influence you.

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    Haven't had it but I say get the surgery or it will bother you the rest of your life. I messed my knee up really bad months ago. So bad I couldn't walk for a week. Went around on crutches. Stupid me didn't go see an ortho guy. Now it's so messed up the only option is a replacement........

    If it's fixable, do it. A rupture mean tearing of the membrane and the muscle protruding. Get it repaired.


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    Thanks so much, Dr. G and Wise Owl. You are a big help...I'm convinced, now, that I should go thru with it, assuming the specialist I see, Friday, wants to do it. I'm sure you're both right....if I don't have the surgery, everyday, there will be incidences of pain as reminders.

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    Yep, what they said....

    Only I wasn't gonna be quite so polite.
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    SIL tore his bicep but his tear was at the other end. Went ahead with surgery but his was a little more involved since the repair involved the shoulder. More time immobile and in a sling and more time in rehab. Just getting back to his new normal but so far seems pretty pleased with his decision. And yes, he tore his lifting weights.
    Needs more cowbell.
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    Yep, sadly both arms. I lifted heavily for years, too much time in the gym. Tore one playing with a dog, the other shoveling snow. Wish I'd have known what I know now. I'd have had surgery, oh well.

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    Chuck,

    Glad you saved your impolite comment. Shame on your for having one! That remark wasn't necessary.

    You probably sneered at my wondering whether it would be worthwhile, seeing I'm questioning the surgery.

    That's because I'm pushing 85 years, and wondered if the recovery would take me out of commission, very long.....I live a fairly quiet life, but am still pretty active. I'm alone, but do
    have two precious fur kids that require some care.

    But, I do still like to dress up and look pretty. Dr. G's comments on my sleeves makes sense! I still have my pride!

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    No ma'am, no sneer.

    Sorry my comment was mis-interpretted...
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    I am one of those who puts off going to a doctor till the last dog is hung.
    I probably had a torn rotator cuff for about a year and had trouble raising my left arm.
    well some months into that, for no reason i could figure out my biceps muscle started hurting.
    I put up with that (too long) and finally saw a doctor about my shoulder when even raising my arm to drive became very painful. By that time I discovered it was to late to fix the biceps. I ask "but WHY does my biceps hurt right down toT the bone?"
    He said "because it is not connected to the bone any more". (The muscle could not relax, it was in a constant state of contracting")
    Well, I almost got the shoulder repair but at the last minute the person who was going to help me during recovery had a heart attack they thought and later a TIA so I decided it wasn't the right time for that. Surprisingly, with a sling, it gradually got better and i could use the l arm again and the biceps quit hurting, but the RIGHT arm was then overworked during the "sling" recovery for my left arm and developed the exact same condition in both the shoulder and biceps! Eventually both arms and biceps recovered without surgery and healed to the "no pain' point and I can now do normal "light duty" stuff as long as I don't try to do too much or overwork em.
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    Hubby tore both of his... never had anything done (apparently, "biceps" refers to the fact that there are twontendons that attach the muscle to the bone, and he only ruptured one of them.) He had been loading and hauling wood for several days, and as he was throwing the very last piece on top of the last load, he felt something "pop" in his left arm.

    When we went to urgent care, he was told what he had done, and also informed that he had torn the one in his right arm at some point... he never even noticed. They strongly recommended NOT having surgery... the cosmetic aspect didn't bother him, and rather obviously, he'd been fully working with the previous ruptured tendon in his right arm, so function wasnt affected.

    He has no pain, no motion limitations, and no discernible loss of strength. IIRC, it took about a month for the pain to completely disappear from the second tear.

    Summerthyme

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    Quote Originally Posted by ainitfunny View Post
    I am one of those who puts off going to a doctor till the last dog is hung.
    I probably had a torn rotator cuff for about a year and had trouble raising my left arm.
    well some months into that, for no reason i could figure out my biceps muscle started hurting.
    I put up with that (too long) and finally saw a doctor about my shoulder when even raising my arm to drive became very painful. By that time I discovered it was to late to fix the biceps. I ask "but WHY does my biceps hurt right down toT the bone?"
    He said "because it is not connected to the bone any more". (The muscle could not relax, it was in a constant state of contracting")
    Well, I almost got the shoulder repair but at the last minute the person who was going to help me during recovery had a heart attack they thought and later a TIA so I decided it wasn't the right time for that. Surprisingly, with a sling, it gradually got better and i could use the l arm again and the biceps quit hurting, but the RIGHT arm was then overworked during the "sling" recovery for my left arm and developed the exact same condition in both the shoulder and biceps! Eventually both arms and biceps recovered without surgery and healed to the "no pain' point and I can now do normal "light duty" stuff as long as I don't try to do too much or overwork em.
    This sounds like me. I think mine is just tendonitis involving one of the tendons near the shoulder (in both arms). I can do all the shoulder exercises with no problems. Deep massage can find a tightened muscle (or tendon) about 2 inches down from the shoulder and it can be mostly worked out.

    My last aggravation was moving a stack of about 35 cinder blocks, into the truck, then out of the truck to a new stack. Things I use to do with one arm, now gets done with both arms.

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