OMG, I guess you managed what is called catching a lucky break (pun intended!). I don't have to tell you just how "lucky" you were, because you already know it (and likely told so by hospital personnel). Well, my options are to 1) continue as I am, above (and hope no one removes my minimal doses of hydrocodone – so far no problem with my primary MD who knows me well). It "works" but isn't optimal. 2) have the extension of my already multi level lumbar fusion (discs above the fusion are showing signs of problems, no surprise) 3) try for a more minimal but still invasive surgery "try a few screws" with no guarantee or 4) try the spinal cord stimulator if it appears to help during trial. I've tried every NSAID pill, gel, cream known and aspirin works as well with least side effects. Tried various spinal locale injections with local/steroids. Which at least helped pinpoint the problem to L4-5-S1. I do realize NO guarantees with anything of course. i just hope to not make it worse….the one thing that can give hope is that medicine advances steadily and who knows what will be offered a few years down the road? Somewhat vaguely similar to you, my primary stuck by me for most of 10 years while I dealt with unrelenting pain from serious jaw issues. Long story short, I am now 10+ years out from receiving artificial jaw joints. If it hadn't been for her and a great psychiatrist helping me, and me being a stubborn RN who knew I wasn't making things up – I also finally found (thank you, internet!) not one but two incredible oral maxillofacial surgeons who believed me, diagnosed me and ultimately fixed me (many fights with my insurance company!). So I do have faith in medicine, just need to match what's available with my needs. Fingers crossed and a prayer. I certainly wish you all the best also!