Hello come back kid, sorry to hear all you are going through. My stimulator was implanted Nov.2012, it has never worked as the trial did. I could not feel the stimulation at all in my back.it never relieved any pain whatsoever, and I have constant pain in my battery site. On more meds now that before my surgery. I am having everything removed on 3/6/13 by the same Neurosurgeon that implanted it. Recovery was quite a painful experience, I had to stay in the hospital several days for them to manage my pain. My doctor reassures me that the surgery will be less invasive coming out than going in. I can only pray that he is right. I will try to update after my surgery. Good luck!