the fact you felt relief, tells me that this was bothering you for awhile, probally on and off for at least
a year, and you said for a month or so. had it been bothersome durring the past year? hope you get better.
i blew my short head bicep tendon, horrible tear as well, and also tore the labrum, acl, and rotator cuff.
was in pain (including post-OP) for almost 2 1/2 yrs and was on percoset and oxycontin durring that time.
it was nov 2010 that i noticed i felt no pain and stared exercising again only to discover i had abnormaly
low testosterone and that is another thread in T Replacement forum.