Talked to my neurosurgeon this afternoon and we both agreed it's time to schedule a fusion. So I have a TLIF set for May 19th. The fusion will be at L4-L5, cage with graft from me (forgot to ask which part of me it comes from) as well as the genetically engineered protein, titanium rods and screws.
One more month of this pain hell and I should be on my way back to life. I have great confidence in my surgeons and I was taken care of very well the last time I was in the hospital, so things are looking up. It is a real relief to have a surgery date set.