Oh, that's a tough one, isn't it...to hope for answers that may or may not require a surgical fix. There's just never an "easy" answer when you have chronic pain...every aspect of every action can end up hurting you more. But if there are options other than surgery, it would be great if you'd tried them all and exhausted them, to know for sure you've done everything you can to hold off surgery.
Please let us know when you get the results and hear what your doctor has to say about his interpretation of the MRI. I'm sending good thoughts your way, and I hope you can feel all the support here in the forums for you.
DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)
Meds: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D + Multi daily