Hi, so sorry you are having to be here, but welcome
. I saw a Orthopedic spine specialist, and was "spared" the micro-d and IDET (I know they work for many -but it seems on here that they fail for more then they help
) , my dr advised going straight for the fusion, as he thought I would end up with the fusion eventually, and that the others would be only delaying the inevitable.
I am sorry your back doctor seems to have "given up". If you feel you have tried everything conservative, you may want to consult with an orthopedist who specializes in spinal issues (keeping in mind that he will likely suggest surgery if all of your conservative therapys have failed, and after the surgies you've already had!!). I would think it is a personal issue of how much you hurt and how much that is affecting your quality of life that determines your next step. Can you ask your GP for a recomendation to a doctor that can help? Does your insurance ahave a specialist referral #?? If you think you can control the pain with meds (vs surgical), maybe a Pain Specialist could help, using epidurals, or other advanced methods, or longer lasting pain meds. Maybe just consulting with different specialist will give you ideas as how to approach your future.
Regardless, I wish you the best of luck in resolving your back issues.