So sorry to hear that the pain isn't any better, but happy for your good news.
Yes, surgery is always our last option, but please, please remember that while we delay, we also decrease our chances for a fuller recovery, if we are dealing with compression on nerves. Weigh that along with all the other information and guidance from attorney and doc.
Pleased that at least you are getting some relief from the medications. Have never had to use oxy, but then I have reactions to most narcotic medications and we save those for when I'm in the hospital and I just tolerate the best I can with other meds prior to hospitalizatioin.
As for myself, I'm still tough and going. Have days I don't need patches at all as I can ignore mild pain. Do actually have a few days with no pain at all,whether because I'm not doing anything significant or things are just that good. Will take it either way. Don't use the oral ultram on a regular basis, so overall I'd say things are going really well for my back so long as I don't over do.
Thank goodness things have been good for me as have been dealing with changes in my mother's health. Her heart failure is causing problems with other organs so she hasn't been herself the last few weeks. Now the docs are adjusting medications again. Sometimes it keeps me busy just catching clues of moving and breathing changes as she won't complain until she gets critical. Even when I catch it like this time and get her in to the doctors early, just making all the changes to her oxygen, medicines and her medical files I keep ready for emergencies can be challenging. Happy things appear to be smoothing out again and she seems to have a little more stamina today.
So, looks like we both have had some good news along with the not so good. Just hope you will see more good things in days to come, but don't ignore the time duration of you pain, because you don't want to NOT have the surgery only to get mild relief instead of a really good outcome.
Enjoy that new job and know you will be mentally busy planning all the good things about moving into your new home this fall. Glad things are looking up for you.