Found this site researching side effects of SCS (spinal cord stimulator ). I'm 53 year old male with 28 years of chronic pain from Lumbar back issues. Pain started in 1986 running down my right leg/buttock area with extreme stiffness and hip joint pain. Diagnosed in 1988 with AS Ankylosing Spondylitis with degenerative disk disease and herniated disk at L5-S1. Had my 1st surgery in 7-1992. Eight back surgeries later(L1-S1). I had the St. Jude's SCS implanted in 8-2012. I'm also on full disability from 2006 on.
As far as chronic pain goes I believe you have only 2 choices let it control you or you control it. I have chose the later, it did take along time to realize this. There are many things that I can no longer do but this has led me to find new things that I can do. I still mow my lawn-it may just take me longer than most. I go fishing a couple of time a week although I had to sell my boat. I even go ice fishing. I volunteer at the local senior center 1 day a week. We play cards, checkers, chess or I help them with a stamp/coin collection. I find that I can hurt anywhere so I might as well try and focus on something else besides the pain.
I guess my point is that chronic pain is only part of your life NOT your whole life as it may seam. I still have bad days and take some meds but not as many as before.