This is my first post, I've been visiting the forums for quite some time but this is the first time I've registered and posted.
I have C5-C6 herniation with compression.. as well as T6-T7 herniation with compression and edema. I will add a signature line tomorrow at some point, but hope I can get enough info out there for needed suggestions.
The problem I'm facing RIGHT now, and I mean that literally ..RIGHT now.. is sleeping. It's been a problem for the last year, because of chronic pain. I was receiving epidural injections on my neck which helped considerably, but not as successful with thoracic.. (that's a dilemma all on it's own)
I developed several pulmonary embolisms in August..so for now there are no more injections.. including trigger points..so this is truly the first time I have no place to turn.
I have severe radiculopathy bilaterally in my arms/hands. Previously I'd have been treated with the epidural injection and this would subside greatly...even though they lasted shorter and shorter durations of relief. Because those are off the table now, my pain is poorly managed despite upping my pain meds. I will fill out a signature line tomorrow.
Sleep positioning is a constant struggle, but in the last 6 days I've managed to get about 4-5 hours of sleep as long as I time my meds just right, including Ambien. The downside is that I wake up with intense pain in my neck, back of my skull...migraine.. and my hands are so incredibly painful it's made me afraid to go to sleep. Knowing what I'm facing when I wake up.. just isn't worth it right now. I'm exhausted.
I bought a cervical traction pillow, but that doesn't seem to be helping much.
Has anyone found sleep positions that either help or hinder you? I can lie down.. propped at about 90 degrees without the pain escalating. It's only after I fall ASLEEP...that things go screwy. Short of tying myself into a good position, I'm not sure how I can prevent episodes like I have had most of this week. It's horrible. There's nothing like being woken up with a throbbing migraine.. vomiting.. and hands so painful you have trouble negotiating going to the bathroom.
any and all suggestions will be tried.. and thoroughly appreciated. NOTHING.. changes the thoracic issue....but any help in regards to the cervical issues.. well please.. help.