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dbdsoulmedddbdsoulmed Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Any advice on comfortable pillow ?

I had surgery last week ( anterior fusion C5-C4, C4-C3, posterior laminectomy). Before the surgery, I slept on my side, always woke up with shoulder/neck pain probably due to bad sleeping position

I have decided to try sleeping on my back.

Has anybody found one pillow is better than other


  • Hi dbd, I hd the same plus S1-L5 but the best thing I found was to sleep on my side with a pillow between my legs at the knee.
  • I use a water pillow by Chiroflow and it has been amazing!! It has 3 different levels you can fill it up to for soft, medium or firm. It completely and perfectly supports my neck and I noticed the different when we were on vacation and I slept on a regular pillow. I was sore for a week afterwards and I mean SORE!!!
  • rolling a towel up and putting it under the neck for support. i had neck surgery too. sleeping on side bent the neck too much.
  • I use a cervical pillow I got at Costco. It has a scoop out of the middle. I put a satin pillow case on it to help me slide on. My doctor taught me to hold the back of my head and roll on to the pillow then hold the back of my head and roll out of bed. My husband bought me pj's that are simulated satin. They help me slide right into bed.
  • I also have a cervical pillow. Nothing fancy, just a plain foam one. Actually, it was a hand-me-down from my mom, after she bought a more expensive memory foam one, lol. I'm a side-sleeper too, and find I sleep better with that pillow, and a normal pillow in between my legs as well. The only thing I found was that it took a while to be able to sleep on my side after surgery, as my neck was very sensitive and tender, and the ridge really irritated me when having to sleep on my back. But now, it's great!!
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  • i got 2 travel pillows from crackle barrel they are shaped like a U. I also found a pillow from contour pillows, its called the twist pillow. ill message you the link. :)
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • I had therapy today and my therapist suggested i twist a towel around base of neck when I am sleeping also. or a soft sheet.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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