I'm averaging 3 hours of sleep a night this week. I had the top screw taken out 4 weeks ago, after the CT scan my new dr.s ordered looked like the screw was still outside the bone (sacral ala cortex) into the L5 nerve--even after being backed out. I am going cookoo right now. My original surgeon used SI-Lok screws, which apparently don't cause fusion unless the slotted ones are used with bone graft. Mine weren't--one of many misleading things my original surgeon did. So stressed by the whole nightmare he put me and my family through. I can't lay in any position without it getting worse again. I was hoping getting that screw out would have an immediate solution to the L5 radiculopathy I've had since SI "fusion". I'm debating having the other 2 taken out now--just to cover all bases--especially since fusion isn't ever going to happen. The top screw being where it was made sense but now I'm perplexed why I'm in so much pain still, and the only thing I can think of is the whole fixation he did is pressuring the nerve somehow. Or I'm just being impatient with my expectations. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm feeling exhausted. I wish I could just have someone know something for once. The pain in my foot is horrible. My life has gone to hell.