I've had my spinal STIM for almost 4 years and I've been so disappointed in it. Tell me someone, why the trial worked but the implant was never a success for my pain issues? I have chosen to have it removed and my surgery date is next week. I chose to have it removed cause of bad experiences. for one, the battery pack is gouging me and it's painful to lay on my side to sleep. I have had muscle spasms where the leads are located since I got it, and I was very upset when the St Jude rep tried to program it again and again because of my complaints of the STIM not helping me. He turned it up so high I was shaking. That was so spiteful of him! . So, I'm looking for others peoples experiences of living with this STIM and actually having it removed. I kind of need to know what I'm up against.... Is it going to cause other problems to have it removed? Is it going to be as painful as it was when it was surgically implanted? Does anyone feel this STIM was worth it?