Tj1, I am not sure, no one has mentioned stages to me. I have been suffering since last July, 2014, after an injury to my feet. My X-rays show bone demineralization in my right foot and my bone scan shows a large white area on my right foot and ankle. I am going for a foot CT this week. I have yet to receive any pain treatment. I just started taking neurontin at a therapeutic dose. I can not walk unassisted. My right foot is excruciatingly painful, I cannot weight bear on it and it turns bright red when I stand or sit. It used to be hot, now it gets cold and clammy. I use a stool to keep the weight of the covers off both feet.
I would be more confident to move forward with the surgery if I had the CRPS under control and I would be even more confident if the new “web” device was used, instead of coiling with a stent.
I am curious why do you think “controlling the Annie” would help?