I, too, had CD and was in so much pain from it for several years. I didn't Want the surgery when I had it, but I am really glad that I did. It was a long recovery for me. Just when I thought I was gaining some strength, I'd get wiped out just thinking about getting out of bed! But, each day was a new experience - some days were trying and some were good. Each day got better and here I am, several years down the road, and it is just part of my life now. I remember handfuls of pills, suppositories, steroid enemas (Remicade and some of the new drugs were not around then). No CD, very few meds right now ----on some maintenanace meds to control fast output due to so much intenstine being removed, a B12 shot biweekly, some vitamins are all very good reasons to be happy with my surgery.
Remember, make this decision based on what is right for your situation. What is your quality of life right now? What improvements can be made to it w/o surgery? What will your quality of life be after surgery?