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Anteriior disc fusion op best position to sleep in

Catwoman1968CCatwoman1968 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm a newbie. I had a disc fusion C4/5 and C5/6. I had been suffering from nerve pain, muscle aches and numbness in my left arm.

On waking from surgery I had no pain whasoever - no numbness or anything. I was up and walking the same day and seemed to be getting on really well.

Last night I slept on my left side (I have done so since coming home) and woke up feeling fine. However after about 10 mins I had severe neck ack, headache and left arm ache with tingling.

My surgeon said that no movement or activity was out of bounds as long as I wasn't in pain.

Any advice would be much appreciated.



  • I slept in a recliner for about 6 weeks post op of C5-6 C6-7. Found I had the best and longest sleep that way. Everybody is different. Some people use pillows propped up in their bed. Are you wearing a soft or hard collar? Hope you pain is less and you are sleeping better.
  • Thanks for your support. I was advised not to wear a soft or hard collar I think this is the current thinking edit Hospital in London - by the way they were brilliant.

    I am sleppig very well actually and this morning have woken up pain free (11 days post-op). I did try pillows both sides last night (hubby was none too pleased!) but I think that may have helped.

    It's interesting reading many of these posts as some people seem to have had very distressing outcomes and I do feel lucky.

    My fear is that'll I'll do too much too soon.

    Thx x

    Post edited to remove name of medical professional and or facility. by Authority Member Liz
  • Hi Catwoman, I am about 3 weeks post-op & my doc says whatever position I am most comfortable that's how I need to sleep. The first week or so I propped myself up with pillows, (hubby slept on the couch & let me have the entire bed) but now I am using a small square fluffy pillow on top of a regular pillow & it really helps. It's kinda like a couch "throw" pillow, but smaller. No collar for me either, except when I'm riding in a vehicle, thank GOD! Seems when I wear that soft collar my neck is more sore.
    I sleep on my side too, but I had to sleep on my back for awhile because of the incision. I had a hard time sleeping on my back so I am glad my incision is healing enough. I still feel like I have a big lump in my throat though.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    ACDF C5-C6 01/2002
    ACDF C6-C7 12/2011
    Prognosis: Permanent nerve damage in hands/arms, all treatment options exhausted-- lifetime CPP
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