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amazion10aamazion10 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Sleep Problems
I just went home yesterday from a C4-5 and C5-C6 discectomy and C5 corpectomy. Stayed in the hospital for 4 days. Had a hard time sleeping because I cannot get myself comfortable with the neck brace on. Or maybe Im so scared to mess up what the NS have done on my neck.

I was on a reclined position when sleeping in the hospital. When I got home- it was indeed a challenge. I have a wedge stuff that a friend gave to me but it was still too low to make myself comfortable. I used an extra pillow to prop my head up but became so scared to mess the screws inside (i think i was thinking of it so much). Later on through the night, I got somewhat comfortable laying on my right side with a pillow on my face to even out what is on my head. I am just scared that I mess up with all my hardware. Any suggestions. Thanks.


  • Glad you got through your surgery and back home recovering. I haven't had surgery but heard others who have say that they're able to sleep in a recliner better. Also you can put lots of pillows on the couch so you're more propped up to sleep better. Would your Insurance cover a hospital bed? Maybe that would help. Hope you're able to sleep better soon. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i wish i could offer a good way to help you sleep but i am not famaliar with your procedures and would not want to hurt you.. i get cozy with my pillows and turn on my favorite radio station and let the music take me away... maybe that will take your mind off sleep alittle bit and you will just dose off. good luck on an excellent recovery.. hope you get some good sleep soon. Jenny :)
  • Hi, amazion10, and I hope you're feeling better after your surgery. I had a 3-level ACDF with hemicorpectomies of C5 and C6 in late 2006, so I can relate. Are you wearing a hard collar? I had a hard cervical collar on around the clock for 9 weeks. I never felt that my neck was in danger of something popping loose or doing damage; you should be able to prop yourself up however feels best without any worries.

    I believe I slept on my back for the first several weeks, using about 3-4 pillows to make myself comfortable. I can't remember when I changed to sleeping on my side, but I know that placed a lot more stress on my neck and shoulders, so I'm thinking I was pretty far along in the healing process. Again, I kept that collar on. When I could finally remove it, I slept in a soft collar for several more weeks just to keep my neck stable.

    Hope I was able to help. Good luck with your recovery!
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  • Howdy! When my C5/6 was fused (ACDF) I found that my recliner was my best friend for like 6 weeks! If you can get a 45 degree angle or there abouts, it might help. I was in my hard collar for 3 weeks, then I was allowed to remove it. I hope you find a comfy position! *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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