I have had hardware pain since Dec 09 (surgery 9-09) It seems as I get more active the worse the hardware pain gets. I am to the point now of waking up serveral times a night due to this pain. My surgeon talked in January follow up about removing the hardware, in Feb I had xray taken and I am almost completely fuse and she said that since I wasn't a smoker, she was comfortable taking out the hardward at 6 months, in March I went back to her and she released me from her care. I was kinda dumbfounded by this and when I ask about removing the hardware, she said to wait another 3 or so months to see if I can just get past it. Does hardware pain get better? I have no future follow up appointments??? My Worker Comp adjuster advised me to make another appointment to see her in June as my surgeon turn in 2 reports to the workers comp insurance stating that the hardware needed to come out. Any thoughts??