I noticed the post about braces. I have been in an aspen collar ever since this whole ordeal started. I noticed one guy said he wore his 24/7 because he did not want to repeat a surgery after his second one, I know what he means. My doc told me I could take it off when sleeping. Is this a wise thing to do? I can sleep with it on if I have to. They told me at docs today that I had better settle in a get used to the pain for awhile. Just wondering about the collar. I DAMN sure do not want to reapeat it again on any level at anytime.