Well, after a few more months of pain and trying SI injections and nerve blocks and now still more nerve pain and shooting pain down both legs, in addition to of course the back pain and burning which I have come to accept as "normal"....... My surgeon is now recommending fusion of L4-5-S1 to fix the nerve stuff and a small by product will be "some" back pain relief.
He is going in from anterior and expects a 2-3 week driving prohibition followed by 6 weeks no lifting and 20 lbs lifting capacity until about 6 months.
The same surgeon did my C456ACDF 7 years ago and it all went down just like he said it would.
Any and all input as far as this surgery and recovery expectation is welcome. I have all but signed on for the work to be done but I am just holding off on deciding a date. I need to do it this year to maximize my time off.