Hi pebbles and thank you for the warm welcome
I had the hardware removed because my Dr advised it. I am thin and the hardware was very prominent. You could feel the 4 screws through my skin ...ICK!! lol, it was tender but not too much. He thought it was best since my fusion was solid.
I also still have the numbness down the right leg and along the edge of my right foot. The nerve was compressed for so long they are not sure if the feeling will return.
I will let you know what the Dr says tomorrow
and I hope you find some relief soon.