Yes, I have had my Neurostimulator in place for 5 years now for treatment of cervical pain C6 to C3. I am 51 y/o with severe osteoporosis in my spine as result of undiagnosed/untreated Celiac disease for 30+ years. The wires run from my implanted generator in my right hip up my spine to C6 to C3. In answer to your question, my Neurostimulator has been life changing. It does not treat the pain nor cure what caused it. Rather it tricks the body so you don't feel the pain. For example, when you stub your toe, you feel the pain in your toe, but actually your brain felt the pain. Pain receptors send the pain stimulus from your toe to your brain and then back again. It's like a complete pathway. The Neurostimulator works like an external TENS unit. It "ties up" the first part of that pathway, much like a phone line (without call waiting of course). So when your Neurostimulator is on, it keeps that pathway tied up so the pain can't get through. This is an oversimplified explanantion, but hopefully explains why it works. I understand it works better for some than others. If you're thinking about it, I would advise trying a TENS unit first. If you get good relief, you may be a candidate. I would strongly advise a referral to a Pain Management Specialist that's experienced with Neurostimulators.
I should mention that the actual implantation is v-e-r-y uncomfortable. My first procedure was in May 2006 and they had a very difficult time fitting the disc between my cervical vertebra as they're compressed together. Two surgeons, alot of pushing, you get the picture. And yes, they wake you up half way through the surgery to test the placement of the leads. Here's the lowdown: 1. It's probably good I didn't know the extent of what I was in for ahead of time (I may have chickened out), 2. unfortunately I remember it (seriously, if any anesthesiologists are reading this, I have one word: Versed), 3. If I could have reached the doctor, I would have decked him. 4. would I do it again? yes, one painful procedure = 5 years of relative relief. Three days after the procedure, my stimulator stopped working. X-rays revealed that the leads had worked themselves loose. Fortunately for me, it was at the site of my generator and not in my cervical spine, so that was a relatively easy fix.
Once you have your Neurostim placed, remember, no more MRI's (self explanatory) and no more quick trips through airport security. You will be getting up close and personal with airport security. Also: let your family, friends and co-workers know about your neurostimulator. Should you ever have a medical emergency and EMS is called, and your Neurostim is turned on, it looks just like Atrial Fib on an EKG! yikes!!
P.S. The internal batteries in the generator seem to last around 5 years depending on use. My battery finally died and I've been without my Neurostim for 5 weeks now. I'm really missing it! I'm getting my new battery tomorrow (along with cervical facets, etc) and will be very glad to have my old friend back.
Good luck and hang in there.