I broke my neck (C1 fracture) and have been wearing a Miami J collar for the past 12 weeks and expect that my doctor will tell me I no longer need to wear the collar at my appointment next week. I have been wearing the collar 24/7 since breaking it and was wondering how I can expect to feel after I stop wearing my collar. How long does it take to resume normal activities and exercise? What pain and/or soreness should I expect? Should I invest in a soft collar or other medical device to help with the transition? I would love to hear about any one else's experience. Thank you.