cervical collar

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hi all

had an appointment with my gp today and have to say she is very understanding of my condition, i explained that im not sleeping because of the pain , and i did try the \"pillow\" but to no avail and did she think it would be beneficial to try a soft collar, she immediatly phoned the physio dept and arranged for someone to phone me asap to go and get a fitting for one as an emergency,but of course with my experience of the hospitals i wouldnt be surprised if i had the app after my surgery!!!! we,ll see though eh they might just surprise me keep you posted. gail

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    hi all me again

    the gp did state that it is not beneficial to wear the collar through the day as it could weaken the muscles(and i dont want any more problems)

    gail

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    Hi Gail,

    Here's hoping you get the collar soon. But as you know.....saying and doing have no correlation in the NHS :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Best wishes

    TFU

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    hi yeh dont we know it more than most.
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    :D well i am in total shock

    true to her word i had a phone call this morning and asked if i could call up to the local hospital tomorrow to get a fitting for a collar!! i didnt expect it so soon but i aint complaining. so one piece of good news eh. gail

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    Well done Gail,

    You must be so pleased. That's first night of good sleep will be bliss!!!! You'll know it's good when you need an alarm clock again to wake you up in the morning.

    TFU

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    ok had the collar fitted and have to say the gent that fitted it was a wealth of info he told me more about my op than the surgeon???? apparently he has appointments at morriston to fit the cervical collars once the discectomys are done, he explained what type of collar i would have (depending on the surgeon) and for how long then go onto a soft collar, then physio etc he was brill, he asked how long since i injured myself and when i told him he was astonished i hadnt had the surgery yet, well i didnt let myself moan (whats the point) and said he,d probebly see me again soon at morriston to do my fitting. heres hoping for some sleep tonight. gail
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    Never heard of needing a fitting session for a soft collar. Every time I have been given one, all they done was grab the sizes they had in the dept and try to see which one is best. Takes all of 2 minutes or less if the first one is right size.

    Uncomfortable to sleep in though. Mine lasted one night before I found I could barely move my head in the morning.

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    hi darren yeh i thought \"why a fitting\" but its to measure my neck, for length and width to make sure its not to high, and different types i might need, due to the prolapses in my neck causing swelling, so he tried a few after the measuring and we settled on a soft bead? one thats narrow at the back so not to push on the spine, it felt comfy but tonight will tell eh, it may join the pillow lol. gail
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    hi all update on the collar(god got to get myself a life lol)

    well up at 2.30am with the pain so after the pain meds i put the collar on and slept til 7 this morning with no lasting effects so hopfully i have found something that will help, it did take a few minutes to get comfy but then no bother. but i will only use it when i cant get to sleep through the pain, i dont want to risk weakening the neck muscles on top of everything else. gail

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    Hi Gail,

    Pleased to hear that the collar is helping. I suppose that it's like anything, you get used to it after a while. Are you going to retrieve the pillow and try them together?

    Best wishes

    TFU

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    hi tfu no not bothering with the pillow, think once you get a bad result sort of puts you off. still sleeping without pillows have done now for 2 yrs.

    just wondering if you were going to put a pm on your \"space\" would be good to private message occationally. having a good day today , my work colleagues called up and friends of mine called, the only thing is that it does make me realize how much i miss work.

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