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After lifting weights, I have normal muscle soreness, but I also have significant swelling of my upper arms. Is this normal?

Posted by yllek5

I did tricep and chest exercises 4 days ago. I felt normal soreness. I noticed significant swelling of my upper arms yesterday. I have been icing and using a compression wrap.  What could have caused this?
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Hello Friend,

I think it's necessary to ask you a few questions in regard to the symptoms you have experienced. Is the swelling in the biceps, triceps, or all over the arm? Did the swelling cause abnormal pain? Most importantly; have you consulted a physician? It is possible that you have broken down the muscles to such a degree, that you have created micro-tears in the fiber. That's very normal--especially if you didn't feel a lot of soreness until days later. That is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. It is possible, as well, that you have hyper-strained some of the muscles in your arms. The best advice that I can give you is consult a physician if the symptoms persist. In the future, always try to be aware of your body and what it is trying to tell you. Sometimes it will surprise you; you just have to keep going and learn from each training session. That will help you to know your body better and make adjustments as needed. Thanks. I hope this helps. You can also check out my blog:

The swelling began just in the triceps, but has now seemed to drain and cover from the mid-forearm to the triceps. It's been about a week now and the swelling hasn't gone down yet. The discomfort is minimal and mostly due to the tightness of the swelling I think. I have been icing both arms sporadically and using compression bandages, but no improvement yet. I have not gone to a physician.

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