TeaTotaler Posted January 27, 2011 Share Posted January 27, 2011 I first noticed pain in my right arm/shoulder in Aug and thought that it might be due to arthritis â€“ I have osteoarthritis in my hands. However, the pain persisted for a couple of months and by November my range of motion became very limited. I saw a chiropractor who worked on my arm for a week and strongly recommended getting an x-ray followed by an MRI because she thought I possibly had a tear. Well, an xray followed by an MRI revealed that I did indeed have a tear in my right rotator cuff. I saw an orthopedic doc in Dec who suggested another MRI with dye injected arthroscopically before we made further decisions. The results of the second MRI led to his recommendation of surgery. I am scheduled to have the surgery on Feb 4th. It will be done arthroscopically which will mean no driving for 2 weeks, according to the nurse. However if they find the tear is larger, then they will need to make a 4 inch incision resulting in no driving for 6-8 weeks. I have had major surgery before but this seems overwhelming when I consider my right arm being in a sling for weeks. Right now I have limited mobility but I've still been able to drive with some pain. Iâ€™m not sure how Iâ€™m going to get to physical therapy appts following surgery etc. Also, not knowing what recovery will look like until the day of surgery is a little nerve-wracking. Has anybody had rotator cuff surgery? Would you share your experience? How long was your recovery? Any other thoughts? Would appreciate prayers too. Thanks in advance. VH (who has not posted here in months due to chronic health issues and other major stuff going on in my life) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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