Pulsing muscle pain shoulder to elbow

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  1. PrestigeDave45

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    Hello all,
    Ive posted here before say maybe 4 month ago. I had the same problem then. A change of strings and tension seemed to be the most offered solution on here so I took heed.
    to recap. I returned to tennis after 20 years recently. As a junior i had a high national ranking but aged 16 packed it in in favour of women booze and various other concoctions. REturned to the game for a short period aged 26, played for 2 years then packed it in again. Im 46 now and for the last 8 to 10 months ive been playing 3 times a week at least, making excellent progress. Frankly, im loving it, feels like im 16 again. Im in excellent shape physically and loving the progress im making on court. Next year I hope to play some national veteran competitions all going well.
    On my return to the game at 46 a good mate recommended to me luxillon big banger. I took his advice and strung my new rackets with this. I play a prestige mid plus. Almost immediately I noticed as anyone who hasnt played for years will notice the strains on certain parts of my body, a lot of these strains have corrected themselves and ive worked hard on maintaining good physical condition. However, on impact with a ball my arm, from shoulder to elbow suffers a pulsing pain. this occured a month or so after coming back to the game. I took advice on this forum and got a restring on all rackets and a tension reduction. I now string multifilament with atenson ranging from 48 to 52 depending on which racket i use. Initially this seemed a far more comfy set up for me. Though the pain has never gone away it had abated somewhat. I played three times in the last week and the pain seems as bad as ever again now. So much so that I pop a painkiller before taking to the court. Have done this the last two times ive played. Though im fearful that while the painkiller gives relief and masks the problem well, in the long run I may in fact be doing more damage.
    I would appreciate any thoughts on this. I had a bad motorcycle accident 6 years ago. Im priviledged to be breathing air let alone banging a tennis ball, and ive found tennis great in getting my body back to proper fitness levels. I had a bad back as a result of the accident and tennis has improved it greatly. My muscles had disentigrated in the recovery from the motorcycle accident i was bed ridden for quite a while and my back muscles degenerated.
    Right now im good to go in every way possible but this pulsing pain in my arm is a problem. I should also say that i checked witht he medics and they say it has nothinig to do with the motorcycle accident.
    Has anyone had a similar pain?
    Any possible solutions?
    Should I take a break for a while?
    Thanks
     
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  2. SystemicAnomaly

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    Dave, a suggestion: a little more white space in your post (more paragraphs with blanks lines after each) would make it much easier on my poor aging eyes. I did not read your whole post cuz it's just too darn difficult for me to read.

    Anyway, the first thing that came to mind when I saw your thread title is nerve entrapment (a pinched nerve). Has this been considered yet?
     
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  3. ollinger

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    A pain that is "pulsing" implies that it repeats at some frequency. What's the frequency, Kenneth? Pains that repeat at the same frequency as your pulse are usually vascular in origin. A neuritis might repeat a few times a minute. Pain originating in bone tends to repeat very slowly.
     
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  4. PrestigeDave45

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    Apolgies for the lack of space in the original post.

    Yes I had considered the possibility of a trapped nerve but the pain whilst pulsating is not sharp, and im told a sharp pain is the result of a trapped nerve. In tuth to call it pulsating is overthe top in the sense that its not so sharp but it sure is pulsating in that its constant and sometimes gets to the stage I just have to pop a pain killer.

    Oncee that pain killer is popped its all guns blazing again after about 10 mins.

    Ive decided to seek some professional help with it.
    Thanks for the help
     
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  5. ollinger

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    pulsate - expand and contract rhythmically, at intervals.
    constant - occuring continuously.

    It's one or the other. good luck
     
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  6. PrestigeDave45

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    Pulsates constantly Kenneth
     
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  7. scotus

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    I have had this condition last year. I thought perhaps it was heart-related. The pulsating did not coincide with heartbeats, though.

    Fortunately it went away after a couple of weeks.

    Still don't know how it happened but as long as it does not return, I'll chalk it off as an anomaly.
     
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    What did the accident do to your shoulder and arm? Neck or upper spine?

    Pulse rates go from roughly 60 resting to maybe 130 during tennis, I guess. What is the frequency of the pulsing in your pain? Take your pulse when you get the pain. Could it be at your pulse rate?

    I don't know much about this complex subject which requires a specialist. Nerve pain can sometimes be related to pinched nerves. There are maps that relate the area of the pain to the specific nerve and its path down from the brain. For shoulder-arm pain nerve paths through the shoulder, neck or upper spine might be involved. ?

    You might also take some video (in 60p fps, if available, and bright sunlight) of your tennis strokes and see if any motions look stressful.
     
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