Hi Merryn and welcome to Healing Well.
I am so glad you found us. I think you will find this group of people to be the most caring and supportive group you could ever imagine. Sure, we do understand your fear of hospitals no one wants to be in any of them.
Of course, no one here is a dr and we can speak from experiences only. But, as PaLady said when there is nerve problems going on that is usually the source of the pain. Nerves are very tricky, they basically have to heal on their own and they may heal or they may not, time is the one that tells the story there. All a surgeon can do is to try to free the nerve up somewhat by decompression. This surgery may or may not work. Its a real gamble no matter how you look at it. Surgery is not something to rush right into for sure, there are many different options to consider first. I will say this, if a surgical recommendation is made, do not wait too long in having surgery because many times the nerve becomes damaged to the point it is unable to repair itself and it becomes permamently damaged.
Please keep in mind the people on this forum many have had surgery and it maybe did not help many of them at all. But, that is not to say if you have surgery it will not be a success. Educate yourself as much as possible about your condition, go to reputable web sites, like WebMD or the Mayo Clinic, places like that. Be very careful discussing this alot with individuals simpy because some people have the habit of exaggerating their surgeries so careful there.
Does your dr intend on running an MRI Scan on you? If you haven't had one, I would ask for one. They can be more definitive than a CT Scan.Does your dr intend on trying you on medications that are specifically for nerve involvement? What about trying you on some PT? Sounds like you have alot of work to do with your dr on coming up with a plan.
Please keep us posted on how you are coming along.
Moderator Chronic Pain
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.