Background: Sunday night, after a particularly menacing chest workout, I began to experience slight chest pain on my left side. The pain seemed to occur every few minutes, lasted very briefly, and occassionally radiated into my shoulder and arm. This persisted for 2 days (I didn't lift Mon or Tues) and I finally decided to go to the ER in the event that my heart was on the fritz. After an EKG, blood tests, chest x-ray, and chest scan, the doctor said that by process of elimination I likely had a chest wall strain. He prescribed me some vicodin for the pain and told me to follow up with my doctor in a week. To note, my resting heart rate was around 44 bpm and my blood pressure was something on the order of 135/72. Considering I haven't had a physical in forever, I was relieved to discover I'm in reasonably good health.
Anyway, I trained legs the following day, and then the next day hit shoulders and tris. This is when the pain really jumped up a notch. Rather than intermittent pain, it is now constant and stronger. To note, the pain didn't increase at all after thrashing legs, despite getting my heart rate up pretty high.
I've now convinced myself that taking (at least) a week or two off from lifting would be the best idea. My question is, if I end up requiring a month off before I can get back into the full swing of things, what would be a good addition to my diet and/or supplement regimen to speed recovery and reduce muscle loss?