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Prescribed with hard neck brace for stable spinous process fracture. Headaches and back aches after using braces. What to do?

I have a stable spinous process fracture of C-7 and have been prescribed a hard neck brace for 4-6 weeks. My neck does not hurt, I have no tingling anywhere except the neck brace is causing serious back problems in the middle of my back. Wearing it also gives my headaches. I can take it off to shower and once it is off my back and head feel better. what should I do?
Asked On : Thu, 9 Aug 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Mtray,
Welcome to healthcare magic!
You are having the problem because you are not accustomed to a static posture of the neck, it takes some time to get adjusted to the static posture.
Wear it continuously in the hours of activity and you would get used to this in 7-10 days.
Meanwhile you can take Tab. Ultracet to ease your problems.
You can take it off at showers but avoid shaking the head, maintain the neck steady as if you are having a collar there.
You can also take it off when going to bed.

I hope this advise would be helpful for you.
Still if you have any queries or doubts, please write me back,
I would be happy to solve them.

Wish you a great health!
Answered: Thu, 9 Aug 2012
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