After 5 years, I am growing increasingly frustrated with my SCS. I had a good 3-4 years with it, but now hate it and just want it out. Sadly, I am one of those people whose leads are scarred in place and unable to be removed. Still, due to the burning, searing pain it causes, I am considering at least getting the battery pack explanted once I have insurance again.
The reps have run all kinds of tests but can't figure out anything to suggest other than replacing the unit. I figure if I have to go through surgery after only 5 years, I don't want another one in me.
Also, make sure you ask how long the battery will last if you plan to run it 24/7. I was told it would likely burn out in 3 years (vs. the 10 years they say is the standard time a battery lasts). There are at least a dozen treatments I'd opt for after injections before considering an SCS [I believed that even when I loved my SCS] but that's just me. Each person has to decide what they can or cannot live with.
best of luck,