Re: Grinding and Popping
Welcome to the board. I guess you have stumped the members of this board. Do you move around a lot when sleeping? Usually popping occurs when one is moving...therefore one would think you would hear this more when you are up during the day rather than sleeping.
Usually the sounds we hear in general that sound like crunching, grinding, popping, etc. come from a ligament snapping across a joint, or something similar -- not from hardware itself, although I suppose it is possible if something is loose and rubbing against another piece of medal.
Have you had a x-ray recently to see if hardware is in place? How are you doing otherwise with your recovery?