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How long will I have to sleep on my side

MagsMMags Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Is this something that's just while you're in the hospital or afterward too. And how long?


  • the doctor tell you to do that? I had lumbar issues and was not told that. Sleeping on my back is the most comfortable, but I do keep a pillow to support my legs either position.

  • I'm assuming you're a lumbar person. If you are, sleeping on your side is often the most comfortable position. You can sleep on your back(as long as doc doesn't prohibit) but it may be uncomfortable without extra pillows. I find putting two pillows underneath my knees allows me to sleep on my back. That way my legs(muscles and nerves) are not stretched.

    If you're a stomach sleeper, sorry! Sleeping on your stomach is very bad for spine patients and you should try to get away from that one.

    For me, I change positions all night long. I never really sleep longer than 2 hours at a time and prefer not to. If I sleep too long in any position, it hurts more.
  • Thanks, y'all.....I must have just assumed it incorrectly. I will speak to my dr about it. I feel better about it now.

  • My discharge instructions did not rule out any sleep positions. It just said to sleep in whatever position you could. I could never sleep on my back no matter what so I try to stay on my side but sometimes find myself waking on my stomach. So far so good, 7 weeks post L4/L5 360 fusion, ADR with hardwear.
  • I slept on my back with two pillows under myknees for the first three months after surgery. Sometimes, I still sleep this way if I am in pain.
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