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Sleeping on side after ACDF?

Froggy GirlFFroggy Girl Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a 1 level ACDF @ c3/c4 13 days ago & my doctor told me to wear my hard collar at all times while out of bed, but that I didn't have to wear it while I'm sleeping. Well I've been sleeping with it up until now for stability on advice from several people that have gone through this before. But I still have really bad shoulder pain & realized that may be the cause. So thought I would try sleeping w/o the brace. However I have a really hard time sleeping on my back & was just wondering how dangerous it would be if I rolled over in my sleep & ended up on my side this early in my recovery?


  • I slept on my side soon after the ACDF with my collar. The doctor said you didn't have to wear the collar, but maybe you could get a soft collar for some peace of mind for you. There could be other reasons for shoulder pain. Maybe you are tensing your shoulders or pushing up against the collar, causing the pain. I had an issue with muscle spasms in my shoulder which caused pinching of a nerve in the shoulder causing pain.

    Can you call the doctor's office for some advice?

    Take care,

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • I had 3 level acdf, three months now. Had to sleep in the recliner for a few weeks before I could transfer to the bed comfortably. Had a Lot of trouble with spasms in my back and shoulder. Anyway I've never been one to sleep on my side but my wife brought a neck pillow from the drug store, it's very small and it's full of beads, sorry I don't know the name but it's extremely comfortable when you lay on your side. When you lay on it it seems to support my head and makes my shoulders and back relax. No more cramps. Have been doing this for several months now. It's a regular pillow shape but about the third of the size. Works very well for me!
  • Hi again. I had acdf c4/c5 and had a soft collar with instructions to use it when outside of the house, or if I felt I needed the support. I slept on my back for a few days but found it uncomfortable so I ended up on my side. My NS was ok with it for me but it never hurts to call yours to make sure. I also used a small travel pillow early on and found it helpful.
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