Puritan, There is definitely something wrong in your shoulder that needs a repair and most likely it is a SLAP lesion. The specifics will be determined when he goes in with the scope, so save yourself the mental anguish of trying to figure it out. Prepare for a full tear II-IV. My MRIw/ dye did not even show a tear, but after over a year of frustration and pain I had exploratory surgery where the tear was discovered.
If you have been reading the posts recently you will see they don't do these sugeries without reason. If there is no tear or just a Type I then you will be back to lifting in 8weeks. Type II tears and greater are the big repairs and require 5 months and longer of rehab. If you have not tried to swim or play tennis recently then you probably haven't seen how problematic these tears really can be. Like Alex said overhead activities will exacerbate a SLAP tear and most of us opted for surgery because we could not continue with our beloved sports.
My advice is to wait if you can live with the pain. Not because I think it will heal, but because you need to be ready
and not be on the fence. I canceled my first surgery as the pain had diminished which is common with SLAP tears in the beginning. But just two weeks later I was back on the surgery schedule and was really convinced I had an internal derangement and ready for surgery. If you do opt for April 2 it is just a short time to get prepared. Please read the past posts regarding preparing for surgery. A recliner and ice machine were tops on my list. Also find out if you have a top shoulder specialist and find out how long he would want you in a sling for a SLAP and how soon to start PT post repair. Too often people go in ill prepared, don't be one of them.
thank you to all that have replied to me, i really appreciate all the information.
i think i will probably go ahead with the surgery cause it's hard to stand the discomfort. my family will appreciate it as they are sick of hearing me say "ow" all day long.
did you have general anasthesia with your procedures? is it possible to do it with a local and alot of valium or something?
again, this site is great for getting the scoop!
If you get a nerve block, you generally will only need a light anesthesia but this you will need. I hope you are busy looking thru this site to get prepared for the surgery and that you know how long he wants you in a sling. Try buying a cheapo sling at the drug store and use it for a day. This will give you a good idea of how much help your family will need to give you post-op.
You will be a bit useless for a few weeks. What kind of work will you return to and are you taking off at least 2 weeks after surgery?