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What's your "sleep number" number...I'm post TLIF trying to sleep.

Hi. I had a TLIF L5S1 on Jan. 31. I'm 5'11 and 210lbs.

I have a sleep number bed and love it. However since coming home from hospital after surgery I find that I can only sleep on my sides for about 3 hours each. So after 6 hours of sleep at night my surgery sight hurts no matter which side I sleep on. Sleeping on my back just doesn't work yet at all. I do use a pillow between my knees and a small round pillow behind my back to keep me in position so to speak

If there is anyone on this forum that is similar in size, had a similar surgery and actually has a sleep number bed I'd be very curious to know: what's your "sleep number?" Did you increase or decrease your number and if so by how much?

Thanks for any input.
Getting L5 S1 foraminotomy, and fusion with 4 bolts and 2 rods on 01/31/2013. Pars defect at L5, little to no disc between L5 S1, grade 2 stenosis at L5, pinched nerves.


  • DaysleeperDDaysleeper Posts: 19
    edited 02/17/2013 - 1:09 PM
    I kept mine firm, at an 80-85 for the first few weeks after a PLIF. side sleeping was best for me, but I found that if I awakened in the night, it was my leg that would be bothering me. I'd get up, take a muscle relaxant or a pain pill, then get back to bed and sleep another 4-5 hours. A sagging mattress or low sleep number made my back ache like crazy.

    Now, 5 months post-PLIF, I'm sitting at a 50. Some nights, I up it to 80, others, I lower it a bit. It changes with how my back feels. Just adjust as needed. I can sleep on my back now. Anything but my stomach :). But I never was one to sleep in that position anyway. I'm 5' 8", 148 lbs.
    Mother, wife, Southern farm keeper, chicken lady, beekeeper, anesthesia provider. L5-S1 PLIF 9/2013. Visit PLIF blog at http://www.lumbarfusionfusion.blogspot.com
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