Hello to everyone. My 4 level surgery was March 8th. I wore the hard collar for 6 weeks, and have been in a soft collar for 6 days. I had very little pain in the hard collar, and now my pain is in my neck, shoulders, and upper back. I wonder if the pain is more from the lack of support in the soft collar, or maybe I am doing too much? Or both. I am still restricted to 10-15 pounds lifting, but occasionally partially pick up my 20 lb grandson, with help. I have been advised to walk to help the muscle pain in my neck, but haven't been able to start due to other health problems (weakness from ischemic colitis which required 5 days in hospital 11 days after my surgery, copd, bad knees and fibromyalgia). Am I too active? Or is this natural pain from not having the hard collar on? Thank you for any help you can give me.