Hi everyone, I haven't posted for a while as I was doing well.Well I was until about 4 months ago, started having some severe back pain again. Thought maybe I was just overdoing it as I was feeling good. I spoke to the dr at that time and was told that sometimes the hardware can cause the tissue to become inflamed and I may need the hardware removed. I am just hitting one year post l4/l5 spinal fusion.Well about 3 months ago I took a pretty bad fall downstairs. I had an MRI and CT which the neurosurgeon told me everything looked fine. Thought the back pain I was having was from again irritation from the screws. I saw my pcp last week and he read me the CT results which showed one of the screws is out of alignment and impinging nerves. Now today I wake up with severe ankle and calf pain, very similar to what I had after surgery. Again I called the neurosurgeon and was told that it shouldn't cause any problems but feels I will have to have the hardware removed..Has anyone been thru this surgery? How bad is the recovery as I don't think I can handle another recovery like the fusion. How about the leg pain, does anyone have this?