How long to get used to hard cervical collar?
2 weeks - 16.7% - 1 votes
1 month - 0.0% - 0 votes
2 months - 0.0% - 0 votes
3 months - 0.0% - 0 votes
6 months - 0.0% - 0 votes
Never - 83.3% - 5 votes
Posted 6/18/2014 6:45 PM (GMT -6)
I am sorry all you had and have to go through. As I said I had L5/S1 discectomy and lamnectomy and it failed. It relieved my excruciating pain but they waited so long to finally do the surgery that I have three damaged nerves in my left leg and loss of reflexes. I have the scar tissue tethered to the nerve root and my toes are numb. And if I sit for long or walk too long I still get bad leg pain. My neurosurgeon wanted to tackle my neck first to see how much of my leg pain (was having pain in both legs back and front) was from pressure in neck on spinal cord and how much from lumbar area. I already know the lumbar area is pretty messed up and go twice a year for epidurals which provide some relief.but mechanically there is a lot more pressure on your lower back than cervial spine so much more difficult recovery. But I do know someone who has recovered from the same surgery and he is doing great. It will just take time. (Can you tell I am bored from being cooped up?)
This forum is great, because until you have had agonizing chronic pain you have no idea. It ruins everything. And I find it very helpful to hear other peoples stories and advice.
I have no idea how I am going to wear this neck collar for 3 months or more....and never sure if I should put ice or heat on my shoulders when they spasm....
Have a great day - Taller but bored.... 😯
Posted 6/19/2014 10:26 AM (GMT -6)
I don't know why I didn't think of this before! There's no need to suffer the taste of the premade nutrition shakes if you're having a difficult time swallowing.
Baby food is specifically designed for easy swallowing and there's lots of different flavours to choose from, not to mention, they're REAL foods, you'll get calories and nutrition!
It's a win-win really....
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Posted 6/19/2014 10:47 AM (GMT -6)
My neighbor said the same thing last night! Thanks! My daughter made me couscous last night with extra olive oil and that went down pretty well and tasted great 😄 thanks!
Posted 5/31/2019 7:34 AM (GMT -6)
I'm 58 y/o male. 22 year Army Vet. Thanks for all the answers you are giving to Taller. Now I know what to expect. I have C4-7 ACDF scheduled for 15 July 19. This will be surgery number 18 for me. 4 R/leg. 3 L/elbow, 1 R/elbow, 3 R/Hand, 2 L/hand, 2/Back, 1 R/shoulder 1 neck from back. I'm falling apart, but on the bright side, if this keeps up, I'll have all new parts. Lol. How long will I have to wear a hard collar?
Posted 5/31/2019 8:43 AM (GMT -6)
Hi Jim & welcome to the forum. This thread is almost 5 years old & a lot has changed in those years. Not every dr will put a patient in a brace, it depends on the surgeon. Since you have some time before your surgery, I would ask my dr about whether he will put you in a brace & how long if he does.
You may want to consider starting your own thread here since this one is so old. Take care.
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Posted 5/31/2019 10:51 AM (GMT -6)
I wore my hard collar for 4 months. But new information suggests that is not always the best idea and each neurosurgeon does things differently. I have severe osteoporosis, my neurosurgeons liken my bones to soft drywall and getting a screw to purchase is difficult. So they immobilized me, had a bone fuser and did what they could but I didn’t fuse after my C4-7 ACDF in 2014. Since I didn’t fuse I had awful pain. So seven weeks ago I had a posterior C5-7 revision to stabilize my broken non fused neck. So far it is a success and I have warn no brace. In fact my pain from the non fusion went away right after surgery. If I had fused my recovery might have been very different.
In fact at seven weeks post op yesterday I am starting to fuse. I have a bone fuser again, no collar, have been taking collagen supplements and watching my diet and been very careful. The C4-7 ACDF was hard for me; don’t push yourself and compromise your fusion. I won’t lie, the hard brace was claustrophobic. I would be happy to give you tips for adapting if you need them.
Best wishes, TN
Posterior C5-T1 fusion. Intrathecal pain pump: Failed C4-7 ACDF. Severe Facet arthrosis Throughout spine, very severe osteoporosis, DDD, osteoarthritis - all levels of spine, Failed L5/S1 LD surgery, spondylitheisis, spondylitis L4-S1, nerve pain in legs and arms
Migraines, cervicogenic headaches,hysterectomy, melanoma
Posted 5/31/2019 1:01 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks all for the replies.