After jumping thru all the hoops with my doctor for well over 1 1/2 years for removal of this God awful Stimulator I finally am getting it out this Wednesday 4/4. 4 days short of being in my spine for 4 years. I had about 2 to 2 and 1/2 years of partial pain relief in my lower spine after the stimulator was implanted in 2014. Then out of nowhere and for no reason, I started to get discomfort in my mid back and half way up my spine. My pain doctors dismissed it asking me a few times if I fell or was in a car wreck. Things of this nature. I told them no nothing has happened. From just discomfort to just out and out crying with pain that's what I have been going thru for a year and a half. The pain doc had me try so many things with no help at all at any stage. Finally he sent me to another pain doc about 30 miles away. I was expecting him to follow along with my doctor's opinion. Keep it in and deal with the pain. He came in felt the large knotty area, asked me if I tried therapy I said no place I tried wanted to touch the area due to a lawsuit for potential paralysis. He asked if I tried a chiropractor, I said yes. She told me she has had 3 patients she personally knew of that had to have theirs out for somewhat similar pain. But my area is considerably larger than any of theirs. He asked if I used a compound rub. I said yes but no relief. I told him no amount of pain meds help. It simply needs to be removed. He then said he actually took one out of someone very recently. And he would recommend it removed. I then go to my doctor and he actually said to me, you know the FDA guidelines will not allow me to increase your pain medicine's strength. I told him to look thru my file and notice that once the SCS was put in I reduced my meds dosage and strength to half. I am 50 years old, I am not someone who takes pills just to be taking them. So to get him to take me seriously I said take my meds down right now, especially if that will get you to take the thing out. So he did this about 10 days ago. He told me as soon as insurance approves it they will contact me. Thursday of this week I was informed my insurance was good and no approval was necessary. What I would like to know is, can I get a video or picture of what they find in there. I want to see what has made my life truly HELL on Earth. Still haven't got a time for surgery so hopeful tomorrow I hear from the hospital. Not sure why they haven't called and told me what meds to stop and other pre surgery instructions. I will let others know what happens and if the pain is gone. I am praying for sucess so I can play with my 10 month old grandson and be able to do yard work and other chores.