I'm following up from my appointment with Dr. B on June 8 of this year. He ordered multiple tests at that appointment, including a CT scan, DEXA, and LP. I completed all of the tests in June. I also started an intensive exercise plan and physical therapy immediately after my appointment.
I have seen some significant improvements since my appointment. My heart rate and blood pressure are being well controlled, without medication.
However, if I go even 15 minutes without my cervical collar, I develop an intense headache, followed by dizzy spells, seeing stars, and decreased consciousness. My physical therapist says that I have improved my neck strength and core strength dramatically, due to committed daily exercise. She does not believe that muscle weakness could be causing my problems.
I am wondering what the next step is for me. I am dedicated to daily exercise, including cardio and core strengthening. My quality of life is improved, but still very limited. Even with the collar on, I do need frequent rest to avoid symptoms like head pain and dizziness.
In addition, the Aspen Vista collar that I got on July 2 has gotten a crack in it already. I need a new prescription for a new collar.
Thank you so much for your help. I would really appreciate some idea of what, if anything, can be done for me, and if I will continue to need this collar for the foreseeable future.