All your posts have been so helpful to me and i really appreciate it. I've actually taken a lot of your feedback with me to the doctors today.
Here is an update:
Doctor 1 - who did my laminectomy still feels a two tier fusion will help both my back and leg pain and stabilize my spine. He said he will go in and get all the junk off the nerves and it will help me move on. He said the recovery is around 4 months until i get back to full activity - 6 months. I like the doctor as a surgeon but his bedside manner is something to be desired. Not sure about this. His PA is whom i deal with most and she is leaving him to go to another doctor. Doctor 1 has pulled 2 disappearing acts on me in the past and her departure may be a red flag.
Doctor 2 - he did an X ray today and said my spine is not unstable. after an hour with him, he convinced me i should have a discogram. Then they can determine which disk(s) are giving me the problem L5/S1 or L5/L4 or both. He said it was painful but that if i want to get the best picture before i make a decision - SCS or fusion - the discogram would give us the best information. He is a SCS guy and thinks that will help me most.
I also made an appointment with another doctor in Houston who is highly regarded. I found him on a top 50 spine doctors acticle and checked out his credentials - looks like a real spine expert. I am going to bring my full history and doing the doctor circuit along with MRI's etc... and get his opinion. The more information the better at this point.
So i am going to do a discogram before i make any decision. I just wanted to say that you all have been a great help. I've never done chat room/blog stuff before but this has been a great experience for me. I will keep you posted.
If any of you have had a discogram before please let me know what to expect. It doesnt sound fun, but i cant imagine it can hurt any more than i am already hurting.