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LifeintheezooLLifeintheezoo Posts: 1
edited 08/29/2015 - 10:42 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi. I am 7 weeks post op and was released from 24/7 Aspen collar yesterday. I have had incredibly horrible vertigo since removing the collar. I also have severe stabbing pains in the left side of my neck each time I bend. I am supposed to be bending and turning my head several times a day for a week until I start PT. I do have an under lying condition called Chiari Malformation which the surgeon says is why I have the vertigo. I have struggled with vertigo in the past but not like this! This is intense, constant and severe not a mild annoyance! Has anyone else had vertigo and stabbing pain after removing the aspen collar?


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  • I never had with removing the color but have it bad every couple of months when my neck muscles become tight. I could not do anything with my neck until I was in PT. All those muscles are so tight and not been moving so they were angry. I have been in and out of PT a lot in the last 2 years. I generally go every couple of months for 6 to 8'weeks. Once they work on my angry muscle and nerves the vertigo subsides within first 2 visits for me. I hate the spinning.
  • I was weaned off the collar, starting at 2 weeks and mostly off at 6 weeks (my example), so it took 4 weeks to wean off. Taking it off abruptly would probably cause a lot of spasms!

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • I had ACDF C5-7 and partial laminectomy of one vertebrae but no collar (my surgeon does not believe in collars). I have had vertigo. The episodes have been very short, thank goodness. I suffered from vertigo years ago, much worse. I just saw an ENT. He recommended exercises (gentle) the next time it occurs. If you try seeing an ENT, make sure you mention your neck surgery and the ENT is sensitive to your neck situation. The typical exercises for vertigo cannot be done by us folks with ACDF but there are modified exercises that also work that are good for vertigo. I have not tried it yet, so I cannot say it works, but this doctor did really care and impressed me so it is probably worth trying. Good luck. Vertigo is not fun piled on top of the neck surgery. All my best wishes to you!
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