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Sleeping after Surgery

6 Days post surgery (L5 S1 Microdiscectomy) and as time is moving along, I am having a harder time getting comfortable and sleeping. Laying on my back is the hardest, not just because of the incision, but because it causes the most awful pain in my butt/hip/leg - all the way to my ankle. Laying on my sides usually works (with pillows between my knees), but sometimes I cannot find a position there either.

Anyone have any tips/tricks? Advice? I'm not able to purchase anything new so please help with average things.
36 yr old with one degenerative disc (L5-S1)
3 rounds of Epidurals in 2013
6 PT visits in 2013
Microdiscectomy L5 S1 on 9/5/2013.
Re-herniated in January 2014.
Epidural on 3/3/14.
A/PLIF (L5-S1) 6/3/14


  • after my two surgeries, was sleeping on either side, with pillows along my back for support ( or a body pillow) and others between my knees......later I was able to sleep again on my back but only with pillows under my legs like that wedge that they use behind your legs for an MRI....
  • yes on your side, pillows behind your back. knees bent. try laying on a diagonal and pull the pillow for under your head over to you rather than lying in the normal pillow next to the headboard position
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