I'm hoping some of you that have experience and knowledge of the SCS trial can give me some feedback on your opinion with my failed SCS trial. Here it is - I've been suffering from chronic pain in my buttocks, thighs and feet since having an epidural steroid injection in 2010. Over the last two years, I've tried everything from all the medications typically used to treat nerve pain along with physical therapy and acupuncture. I've been to Barnes Jewish Hospital and Mayo Clinic in addition to several local doctors. Nobody understands what could have happened that would have caused this chronic condition from an epidural steroid injection. Anyhow, my PM doc recommended SCS for treating my pain. Last week I had the trial performed and had the leads pulled out before I left the building. As I was waiting to have my procedure, the Boston Scientific representative introduced herself to me and my wife and asked if we had any questions. She explained to me that she would be the one to work with me on programming my unit to make sure we had good coverage with the areas of pain in my body. I was rolled into the surgical room and they began prepping me for the procedure. My PM doctor inserted the leads into my spine, the BS rep then told me the leads were in and she was going to start turning on the power to the leads and she wanted feedback from me to where I felt the sensation. Within seconds, I was able to feel the sensation bilaterally in my buttocks and thighs. I informed her of such and she asked me how far down I could feel the treatment and I told her to my knees. After that point I no longer felt anything. I asked her if she could get it down to my feet. She said we would work on it some more when I got into the recovery room. So within 10 minutes, I was rolled in and being rolled out of the surgical room to recovery. Before long, the BS rep came into my room and connected her programming tablet to my leads. As I laid on the gurney, she began the process of trying to get good coverage from my buttocks to my feet. She was having lots of difficulties getting my leads to respond the way she was wanting. Every time she started to turn up the settings, I would begin to have muscle cramps in my mid to upper back muscles. Putting that aside, she had a very difficult time getting coverage equally on both sides in my buttocks and thighs and was not able to get any coverage below my knees. She told me at this point that she was very frustrated with my PM doctor because he disconnected my leads from her computer while in the surgery room. She said that she wanted to make sure she could get good coverage into my feet before leaving the surgical room, but guessed the doctor didn't want to take the additional time for her to do that. After several minutes without success of obtaining coverage in my legs and feet, she asked me to set up on the side of my gurney. After sitting up, she began trying to program my leads again. With every adjustment, she would ask what I felt and I told her I wasn't feeling anything. It was obvious she was perplexed why I wasn't feeling anything. This went on for several minutes where it appeared my leads weren't responding at all to her adjustments. And then all of a sudden it hit me like a bolt of lightning. Without notice it felt like someone had stuck me with 220 volts of electricity. It was awful and extremely painful. I was yelling, "Turn it off, turn it off!" She frantically started trying to turn the volume down and it had no effect on the intensity of shock I was feeling throughout my body. I kept yelling, "Turn it off, turn it off!" Finally she said, "I've turned it off". Yet the shock was still as strong as ever. I yelled it wasn't turned off and then she pulled her cords from my module and then it finally turned off. I about passed out. It was the most awful thing I've ever experienced in my life. I asked her what on earth happened and she said she had no idea. She said that had never happened to her before. She said she kept turning up the volume since I was saying I couldn't feel anything. She stated that something wasn't right and maybe my leads just needed to come out. She said she was going to talk to the doctor. Well, its obvious my PM doctor didn't have much to say and he certainly didn't want the leads to come out because she came back into my room and it was obvious she was very uncomfortable trying to sell me on the idea of just going home and leaving the unit off until the following day and seeing if by chance the unit would work the following day. I told her I wasn't comfortable in doing that since she hadn't been able to get the thing to work right during her many attempts to program my unit and I certainly didn't want to go home and turn the module on and have it do to me what I just experienced with that unbelievable shock. She said she understood. I asked her if she would attempt one more time to program it because if I was going to leave with those leads in my body, I wanted to have the confidence it was going to work. She agreed and proceeded with attempting to program my leads. Unfortunately, every time she attempted to turn it on, my mid to upper back started having spasms. Finally, I just told her I wanted the leads out of my body. She said she understood, but she needed to talk to my doctor again. Within a few minutes, my PM doctor came into the room and asked me, "Why don't you just go home and try turning it on tomorrow?" He said the leads might just need to have some time to "settle" down into place. I asked him why would I do that when she hadn't been able to successfully program my leads and that I certainly didn't want to go through that massive shock experience again. His response was, "Well, its your decision. We'll do whatever you want." My wife asked him why would it be any different at home and that she was scared that it might shock me again. He said that he was hoping that after the leads settled into place that they would work properly. I thought about it and told him that I was sorry, but I wasn't comfortable leaving the leads in my body after what I had just experienced. He said OK and sent his assistant into my room to remove the leads and then we left. Can anyone with experience and knowledge give me any insight to my experience if it was normal or not? It seems to me that I should have been in the surgery room longer and that my PM doctor would want to make sure the unit was providing the proper and adequate coverage it was designed to do. Should I have taken his recommendation to leave the leads in? Am I wrong in that what she was attempting to do was create a program to save in my module that would provide coverage from my buttocks to my feet so that I could use it during my trial? Thanks, I appreciate any opinions on the matter. I'm so discouraged as I saw this as my last hope for pain relief.