There are many options out there, but it takes time, research, and capable doctors to explore them. Don't get too disheartened. In addition to oral pain meds, there are pumps to inject morphine directly into your spine as well as devices made by medtronics and others which send electrical currents to your spine that block (or mask) the pain.
There are also braces, PT (schroth method for scoliosis I mentioned), and so forth could possibly help.
For school and work, look into what you can do from home, at least for now. My job allows me to work at home most days and I know others who likewise pursued careers where they could work from home: freelance engineer, freelance editor, statistician, etc.. There are also online classes you can take so that you can make some progress towards your degree from home. In addition to the on-line universities (Phoenix, etc.), many public universities also have online classes. Take a look at your local state university web pages and see if they have online instruction or "outreach" courses.
Perhaps you need to view the next few months as a time to gather information and figure out your long-term strategy. Hopefully, the pieces will come together.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs)
RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .5mg ativan as needed for sleep.