Surgery on the horizon?
In July, I started feeling pain in my left shoulder when I raised my arm. I didn't think much of it and thought it would go away by itself. I think everyone thinks that at first, when something starts to go wrong with your body. I was secretly attributing it to old age and/or arthritis. Well, it didn't go away; in fact, it got worse. You'd be amazed at the number of things you do every day that require you to lift your arms, or even just use your shoulder. I finally went to the doctor last Wednesday, and he suspected a torn rotator cuff. He referred me to an orthopedic surgeon and I had that appointment today. They took x-rays, which showed a bone spur on the shoulder bone that is over the rotator cuff. Evidently I was born with it and I have no idea why it's just starting to cause a problem now. So, there's definitely surgery coming, but before that I need to have an MRI to see how much damage, if any, the bone spur has inflicted on the rotator cuff. If it's bad, they will do rotator cuff surgery at the same time. Hopefully the MRI will be scheduled this week and then I'll know how long the recovery period is going to be.