I am not sure how familiar you are with the side effects of cutting down on Xanax. It is a very incidious drug. It will trick you into feeling more pain than you already have when pain is an issue. I wish that I had never started the drug. At this point in my life, I would rather be an opiate addict.
I am not saying that you are not in pain, but if you try to cut down on Xanax while in pain, it intensifies the *idea* of pain. It is the strangest drug that I have ever taken. Pain is relayed to the brain via nerves. The brain has to interpret the pain. Xanax uses some of the same brain space.
If cutting down on Xanax worsens your pain level, then it could be muscle pain because one of the side effects of Xanax is the effect of muscle relaxation. This is why I wanted to stop taking it, I could not keep tight muscles in my abs, which lead to back pain, no matter how many exercises I did. The Xanax becomes a double edged sword.
Try taking more Xanax and see if it helps your pain level. If it does, then it is either the drug enticing you back, or muscle pain, or both. I have been fighting this battle for about twelve years. Each time I try to get off of Xanax, I am certain that I am in pain. Once it was ripped muscles from a dentist hitting a live nerve during a dental procedure, and then once it was shoulder surgery, and now it is my back. I am never sure if it is real pain, intensified pain, or just the Xanax tricking me.
I have spoken to more than a few doctors in regards to this phenomenom and they agree with it. Xanax will do anything to trick you into taking it forever. It is reputed to be harder to stop taking Xanax than to stop opiates.
You might want to mention this to your doctor when you talk to them about pain meds and the stimulator. Xanax is a huge factor in pain manangement and what the brain is telling the body.