This is a short story of what has happened in the past two months and would appreciate input from those who have some to give. I fell 2 months ago and tore my medial meniscus in the middle. I went to an ortho that was ready to schedule me for surgery two weeks ago; however, asked the question about other options. He explained the meniscus never heals when torn, yet perhaps with physical therapy, strengthened muscles can help alleviate some discomfort. If there is no relief, I would then have the arthroscopy. I went to my physical therapy eval this am and spoke to the Physical Therapist. He validated what the doctor had told me. I asked him what he would do if in my position and he said he would have the arthroscopy. He also told me that since I’d walked on my leg for these months it would be good to go ahead with physical therapy to strengthen the muscles as doing so would help recovery if I chose to have the surgery. I really appreciated the time the therapist took to discuss all these things with me, I learned a lot. Question: has anyone with fibromyalgia, CFS, and / or lupus out there ever gone through an arthroscopy? I’ve heard people say they haven’t really helped and then some who say the pain totally went away. I know it depends on the tear. I hesitate to have any type of surgery due to the stress placed on the body but I'm just totally fatigued and miserable dealing with the pain / discomfort and although I know physical therapy will help my muscle groups even if I have the surgery, I wonder if I should just have the surgery and hope for the best. Anyone’s wisdom on this problem/question is appreciated … thank you!