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it definitely sounds like pinched nerve pain in your neck.
what you really need is a cervical spine MRI scan of your neck to see the injury there and where the pain is coming from
if the soft or hard neck brace was helping with the pain, I would wear it again.
you need to go back to your GP doctor and ask for a cervical spine MRI scan and a referal to a pain medicine doctor and ask for a prescription for stronger pain medications like morphine or oxycodone or a fentanyl patch or methadone.
that is what that doctor should be doing.
you might need surgery to repair your C2 fracture
I would put the collar back on and get back to your GP doctor.
I would get a copy of your MRI scan and see what it showed.
your neck muscles might have atrophied during your accident and healing progress over the last 4 months.
you might need to do some physical therapy to help strengthen your neck muscles at this point
yes, it sounds like that last doctor was not very helpful.
when the neck brace is off, the weight of your head is on your spine
and your muscles in your neck and bones might be too weak at this point to hold your head up.
so ask for a referral for physical therapy
and stronger pain medications.
and get a copy of your prior MRI scan.
I hope with more time, your neck muscles will strengthen and your pain will get better without the brace.
let me know if you have other questions.
yes, weak muscles can cause pinched nerves and pain.
you will need to slowly increase strengthen and flexibility of your neck.
I'm sure your neck is stiff and weak
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