Abnormality on Biceps

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Hello everyone, hope all is well. I recently discovered three parallel lines running down my biceps short head. The marks I am referring to are the ones that look almost like scratch marks running sideways. After noticing them I immediately stopped working out the affected area and applied ice and compression for the last couple of days. I didn't notice them till I looked in the mirror since there was never any sudden onset of pain. There was never any pain, swelling, redness, etc. associated with the marks. My Biceps feels slightly stiff when I extend my arm all the way out and rotate my palm upwards. I can also see the marks stretch as I do this and that seems to be where the stiffness is located. I have a lot of momentum going at the gym right now and don't want to stop, but I also don't want to risk further injury. This is also a bit different than what I could locate with other research so I want to make sure it's not something else I should be concerned about. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time!


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    Can you ask the personnel at the gym if they have dealt with anything like this? If you can I'd pick someone that has worked there a long time and see what they have to say. Some gyms welcome personal trainers and their "students". Perhaps you could talk to a trainer about their services as if you were looking for a trainer to hire because of your striations. Perhaps they have seen something like this before. My bicep also feels "slightly" stiff if I extend my arm all the way out and rotate my palm upwards. The further I lower my fingers and hand the more I feel my entire arm stretch. No lines yet for me but where did that black and blue mark come from? Strange how one can find a bruise and not remember what caused it. Good luck with your inquiry.

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      There actually was never any bruising, the lighting in the picture isn't ideal and I was icing it just before the picture which is probably the cause. If I saw bruising or experienced pain I would immediately suspect a muscle tear but neither of those were ever present. I saw a doctor and was informed they were veins, but I don't think that is correct. If the condition doesn't improve within a couple weeks I will go back to the same doctor and ask for a MRI. I plan on doing no Biceps workouts until I can hang from a pull-up bar with no stiffness, at this point I'm just assuming it's Tendinitis in the short head tendon, or some form of strain. The tendon is still attached at the shoulder so I know it isn't pulled. I've seen a lot of injuries through sports and here and there around gyms, but this is a new one which I've learned is generally a good time to be cautious.

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      That sounds like a good plan. That's what I often do........wait a period of weeks to see if the issue resolves itself. If not I seek professional help.

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