hello everyone, i am in need of advise. I had 2 fusions within 9 months of eachother - my L5-S1 & S1-S2, second one due to not completly fusing and lower screws were lose. Now for the past 6 months i am having lower back pain again, with lots of inflamation. My doc insists i'm fused but i'm wondering if its the bigger screws in my sacrum from the second surgery -sometimes the pain goes down my legs but not always. Doc makes it sound like its in my head although he can't explain the inflamation. I've always had a "gut" feeling something was up with those screws and another doc suggest i have them removed but will not touch my back - anyone else have hardware removed and what effect did it have?