Hi, I've been reading the forum for a while and have found it quite informative. I had C5-C7 ACDF with titanium plate/screws and an autograft on 11/6/08. I'm looking for some advice on how I wean myself off of the collar. My OS sorta left me to improvise.
I wore an Aspen collar 24x7 except for showering until last Tuesday. To help transition, I now have a soft collar that I've been wearing most of the time, including sleeping. With the significantly less support that the soft collar provides I expected and have some increased pain/soreness. However, with the soft collar I've been having dull headaches that I didn't have with the Aspen, and when I'm not wearing it, I sometimes feel like my equilibrium is off. I start PT this Tuesday.
Any experiences or suggestions would be appreciated.