A while ago I posted about having trouble with pressing and raises especially. Since that I started getting some bad left shoulder trouble which I believe to have stemd from an imbalance from breaking my collar bone years ago. It has been bothering me slightly for years. Now it has got so bad it crunches when it moves and I find it hard to even get my top off its that sore. I'm booked in for an MRI scan on it this week but I can't train and havn't been able to for some time. I'm loosing weight and it is super frustrating considering the time it took to gain the muscle. I am really worried that I'l never be able to train and challenge myself again as it is the only sport and hobbie I have. My predicament is that it's my left shoulder ( The side which is already miles weaker.) So I don't want to go and just train my right side which is already stronger although I know it would help me maintain muscle on both sides of my body as the body balances itself out I'v even heard of cases were the side that is not being worked grows bigger! I just dont want to make worse imbalances!
Any one else been through something similar or has any advice would be much appreciated.
I think the most important thing right now is to find the problem. Go to a doctor, or physiotherapist. When you actually know what the problem is, then you can start the rehab.
Until then, do stuff that doesn't make your shoulders hurt, use bloody light weights. If you can't do any shoulder work, then you wont do any. The important thing is healing and rehab, not muscle size. If you try to ignore the pain, you'll stay like this, small shoulders and battling with imbalances through your life. If you treat it right, you'll be back training cand getting huuuuuge in realtively short period of time.
In the mean time, do stuff you can, and do stuff you should have been doing more before. Be creative and challenge yourself in other manners than just shoulders. Take Ben Bruno as an example. That guy had a knee surgery a while back. In the workouts he blasted tens or even hundreds of pull-ups, variety of weird presses and hell-of-alot of unilateral work.
But some of the guys here can tell you quite a lot from shoulder-issue. Ken is struggling with them as we speak, and making great recovery. Check other shoulder related threads on this forum. They could help also.