Hi I'm new to this forum. My 22 year old severely disabled daughter has a C4 C5 injury, narrowing of the spine, misshapen bone and a bugling disk. She has been seen by a pediatric neurosurgeon. A team of doctors at the hospital have recommended her for surgery to remove the movement by fusing it together. She is suppose to be in a hard cervical collar for 8 weeks (due to her lack of cognitive ability she has no understanding that movement could hurt her after surgery so 8 weeks of a collar has been recommended). My daughter is non verbal and she has A LOT of anxiety. I'm very concerned about how she is going to handle the lack of mobility in her neck and also she sleeps on her stomach which I know she won't be able to do. Those of you that have been through this, please tell me what is the pain from surgery like and how awful is it wearing the hard plastic type of collar? Thank you so much, I appreciate any feedback I can get.
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