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Laying on Stomach

angelanicaangelanic Posts: 256
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Lower Back Pain
What advice have all of you got from docs about best positions to lie down? I feel the best when laying on my side or stomach..but I feel like I shouldn't be sleeping on my stomach.




  • hi!!! :H this is a good questions to ask your doctor or pt.. i haven't slept on my stomach for many years and sleep on my side or my back... at times i do wish i could sleep on my tummy!!! LOL!!! please think about it and talk to someone who could give you a good answer! good luck and take care of yourself! Jenny :)
  • hi it would probably depend on the type back problem you have and maybe even the firmness or lack of firmness of the mattress. If you're someone who shouldn't do back extensions then sleeping on your stomach would probably not be a good idea. Mattress makers suggest buying a firmer mattress for stomach sleepers and a softer mattress for side sleepers like me. The only advice dr's have given me is to do whatever does not make you feel worse. Ahh, thanks for the advise doc!
  • The only problem with sleeping on your stomach is that you've got to keep your head turned one way or the other which is really bad on your cervical spine. So for people with spine issues, sleeping on your stomach is generally a big no-no.

  • The only time I am comfy on my tummy, is when I am in a massage table with the full head rest with hole for your face. Then - I can hang, in suspension and enjoy it.

    On a bed, I cannot, because the neck needs to be turned so hard to the side, that I wake with some numbness in my arms.
  • interesting. Never thought about the neck stuff since I have lower back problems. In PT you lay on your back and do exercises that way so I thought it wouldn't be bad. Right now i am laying on the floor on my stomach which feels pretty good. I am going to ask the pain guy next appt.

  • I used to be a full time belly sleeper. When my neck started going, and subsequent fusions - now a side or back sleeper. :( I can only sleep on the right side, as the left I awake with numb arms. Sigh...

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I use to be a belly sleeper, but have been banned from it, unless I I put a pillow under my hips and abdomen. Was told by surgeon and PT it puts too much stress and extension on my spine. I still have times I instinctively end up on my belly. My husband will actually wake me up and make me turn over. In fact, my surgeon just cleared me to swim laps, but only back stroke for now. No fre style for same reasons as belly sleeping!
    I never knew how many lifestyle changes this would bring about!
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