Something that I've experienced and I've noticed a few other have also - does your pain/symtoms escalate once you've scheduled surgery?
When I saw my surgeon for the first time, I had some left arm weakness, not much pain, but my right arm was tingling and I had some numbness. Once I had the surgery scheduled, during the month from scheduling it until the actually surgery, my left arm weakness and pain escalated almost daily. That seems like such a coincidence.
The only reason I can think of that this might happen is that our brain supresses some part of our symptoms so we can function and once it knows that help is on the way, it relaxes a bit. Kind of like how they say that you'll get a cold or the flu when you go on vacation because you're relaxed enough for the germs to do their thing.
I'm wondering how many spineys have had the same thing happen - that you find that your symptoms start escalating faster once you've scheduled surgery or your first surgical appointment?