Hi there ~
I understand your concerns. I would ask you to consult an expert in orthopedic surgery
for the protruding disc and osteophyte
if you think that is not going to help with just having some medications to help with the pain. I also believe that you should go with the doctor's advise regarding the surgery. I do not believe that you should be suffering anymore and a pain specialist might also be necessary. Make sure you are covered with your insurance for all these doctors and all these medications and surgeries that are needed.
I hope this helped and I wish you the very best. Take care!