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Cervical Collars

I recently had cervical neck surgery. They replaced a disc and fused it. The surgery went well and the pain level is tolerable. My biggest complaint is having to wear the hard collar for 2 months and now I have to wear a soft collar for 3 months. To me it seems excessive to be wearing a collar for 5 months. I am 61 and feel that I am in good health. I have never smoked a day in my life. So 5 months in these terrible things is awful. In the hard collar I was only sleeping 3 -4 hours a night. In the soft collar I sleep maybe 5-6 hours. When I take the collar off for a half hour while sitting in a chair my neck feels much better. When I put the collar back on my neck on the sides starts to ache, and the headache comes back. Since wearing the collar I have a constant headache and neck aches and shoulder aches.
I just saw the doctor yesterday and the xray showed everything was fine. I just can't get past the 5 months of wearing a collar.
Also while wearing a collar I am not allowed to drive. Another aggravating point.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I had the vista collar for 3 months 24/7 even in the shower. After 3 months I had to wean off of it. Had surgery June 25th the first night of no collar was Oct. 4th - same day that I started physical therapy. I would listen to your doctor. I never ever took mine off and then 2 months with the brutal master who worked all those angry nerves and muscle. By end of day around 4 or 5 my head just wants to lay down.
  • PattyNJaxPPattyNJax Posts: 20
    edited 01/13/2014 - 3:15 PM
    I felt strangled. I only wear it when I'm outdoors, in the car, or to bed. Once I'm up in the morning I take that thing off. I'm supposed to wear it 24/7, with the exception of showering. But I'm claustrophobic and the strangling feeling was unbearable. Not to mention, sleep was an hour at a time and I'd have to roll over each hour. Now I use a body pillow and I'm sleeping much better.
    2013-4 Level ACDF C4-C7 herniation with severe spinal stenosis at C4-C5. .Bulging disk at L3-L4, and L4-L5. Herniation at L5-S1. As of 8/29/14 Bulging disc at L2-L5-S1 and disc protrusion at L3-L4.
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