Thanks for the response, Carolyn! I know the recovery will be painful, but I am willing to do what I need to get back the range of motion, strength & lack of pain. He said that with FM patients it can take up to year to get the best result you will have. But the arthritis will be gone and the tendon will be reattached as it was meant to be.
He was the orthopedic surgeon that my chiropractor referred me to. He’s has sent many patients to him over the years and they have routinely done well with him. He didn’t roll his eyes, or back away in any sense when I brought this up with him. He acknowledged my concern and answered directly. How often do you see that in a doctor? We are on target to do the surgery on Friday, May 3rd. They haven’t told me what time yet, but will the day before.
My husband is really onboard with my getting this done. He hates to see me suffer, especially if there is a way that I can, hopefully, get some relief. He is very supportive of me, especially in regard to the FM. He is going to be off with me for the first several days, possibly more. My younger daughter is coming home from California to stay with me for awhile to be around if I need her. My older daughter lives in Cincinnati, 2 hours away, & works free lance, so can work from anywhere, if need be.
I had done PT before the decision to have surgery came about. We were hoping to avoid having to go that route, but it didn’t help - if anything, it was making things worse. So, I know I will have good people to help me with the recovery & help me do those exercises.
I work in a cemetery office. I sell graves, flat bronze markers & run burials. I also do some filing & other normal office work. Other than that, we are a pretty sedentary couple. This may be a good time to start some sort of exercise/healthy eating regime with my husband. We could both stand to lose a substantial amount of weight.
I will try to keep you updated about my recovery. Maybe it will help someone else contemplating having this done.