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    High Desert Bill is offline New Member
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    Possible Distal Bicep Tear

    This would be my second bicep tear, I had my right bicep prepared a couple years ago. Fun stuff! After reading Kelkel's post in another thread, I'm thinking it may be a partial, as the first one had noticeably more pain and more loss of supination strength.

    I've been trying to rehab it since I first felt it about three months ago, but it's not getting any better, the bicep is noticeably softer than the other one.

    I don't have the Popeye bicep, but I also didn't have it when I tore my right arm either. We'll have to see what the MRI says. Drat.

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    Damn Bill, sorry to hear. I wish you would have jumped on an MRI much earlier! Main thing is to get the inflammation out via rest and ice. Then rehab. I'd be interested in your mri results if you can post up on this thread please!

    Did it occur working out or doing something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by High Desert Bill View Post
    This would be my second bicep tear, I had my right bicep prepared a couple years ago. Fun stuff! After reading Kelkel's post in another thread, I'm thinking it may be a partial, as the first one had noticeably more pain and more loss of supination strength.

    I've been trying to rehab it since I first felt it about three months ago, but it's not getting any better, the bicep is noticeably softer than the other one.

    I don't have the Popeye bicep, but I also didn't have it when I tore my right arm either. We'll have to see what the MRI says. Drat.
    Hopefully it's not a full tear. 3 months old not sure it's surgically reparable. Good luck - post up MRI results when you get them.

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    Hey Kelkel,

    Yes, I did it during pull downs. I was using a pronated grip, which I have assumed was less likely to cause a tear. My mom tore both of her bicep tendons , full Popeye roll up and all, just removing things at different times, so I'm thinking genetically my tendon attachment locations just were never that great. I will definitely post the MRI results after I get it done.

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    Hey TrailRun, that's what I'm hoping as well, that is not a complete tear. It's acting like it may not be, as I have the same supination strength. I would've had it looked at earlier, but I've literally just been too busy with work and could not afford to take off to have the surgery done.

    When I do go in, I'm not going to admit to the three-month thing, that's a loser if you want to have the surgery done. I had tech reattachment surgery last year in April, from a complete sternal tear off the shoulder in June 2012. I told the the doctor, however, that I had just done it three weeks prior.

    The surgery went perfectly, and I didn't even need a graft. He was impressed with how fast I got full ROM, And I was busting at the seams during follow-ups to tell him the truth about when I'd actually torn it, but I decided not to. Honestly, it's gonna be at least another month before I can go into the ER, I just have to get these other work projects out-of-the-way. Then it will be the same story, I just did it four days ago, and I also won't tell them that I did it in the gym.

    The first repair I ever had done was my right bicep, even though I had tore my chest 2 years earlier, and the local surgeon up here really gave me the runaround, trying to talk me out of getting it surgically repaired. I have learned the hard way to modify the story however I need to, to make sure I get treated properly, and which hospital to go to.

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