I forgot to mention that I asked the doctor if I was feeling the screws or if I was just "crazy". He said I am absolutely feeling the hardware! He said that when patients are really thin (then he said "and I put you in that category"-THAT made my day;), they can feel the screws from the outside AND inside of their body. I notice it most when I am laying flat or when I am sitting back in a chair. Anyhoo-I feel better knowing that my mind is not just playing tricks on me! He did say that he may remove the hardware once I am 1 year post op-but, as you can guess, I am going to try to avoid that...I can live with a little irritation!