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Cervical C4-5-6 - A good night sleep after 2 months

edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Pain Management
After 2 months with arm and back shoulder pains and nigths w\o sleep I found a way to sleep well. (side position).

1. Lay my body from armpit to feet on a mattress.
2. Leave my shoulder and arm literally free in a narrow valley. (valley deep enough not to touch the groung in a way to produce a force back to the body and spine and at the same time lay confortably on the ground).
3. Lay my head on 2 pillows (one harder bellow and one softer above) approximatelly 4 inches higher than the mattress.

Pillow and mattress are appart of each other only enough to leave space for my shoulder.

It worked for me. I seems that my cervical stays horizontally aligned and does not receive any side force coming from my shoulder.

I will try again tonight and let you know. Hopefully well again.

Good night!


  • FIrst let me welcome you. I see that you are a new member.

    You will find a lot of good information here besides these forums. Look around and I am sure you will find some information that may help you.

    So happy to hear you found a way to sleep. Chronic pain keep so many of us awake.

    I can't sleep on either side because of pain so I have to sleep on my back with my legs elevated. My bed is a lumpy mess but who cares as long as we are getting are all important sleep.

    Keep us posted.

    Cheers :H and welcome abord.
    Patsy W
  • :H Thank you for welcome me and for your nice words of incentive.
    Nice to here you found a way to overcome pain!

    Life is good indeed!

  • Freshman- have you tried memory foam yet? After my first surgery I had a 2" mattress toper. When I moved back upstairs into my room I got a 4" mattress topper. It has been very important. One night I had to take it off bc I spilt a bottle of water on it and I tried to sleep with out it.... It was terrible. The regular mattress felt like I was laying on concrete.

    I also sleep with my feet elevated. Pillows in a nest around my body. It doesn't matter how I try to sleep now, my arms still go numb every night. For my neck pain- I usually have 2 pillows pushed together and my head/neck goes in the crease so I don't have any pressure on my neck, but my head is stable.

    Plus the Ambien- added that this summer and I have to say it sure is nice sleeping in bed rather than being awake and suffering.

    Sleep well my friends :)

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