Wow 8-9 months to get back to normal, not looking forward to that. I just got into the best shape that I've been in a long time and it's frustrating to watch my cuts and size go down the drain after all that dieting and killing myself in the gym. I'm sure you guys can relate. I go for my MRI tomorrow. I guess I'll see how it goes when the doc reads the results. He mentioned that if the tear is small enough it might not require surgery. I had a buddy with a small tear which didn't require surgery and he did ok after 2 months of rehab and is back to full form now. Anyway thanks for the tips everyone.