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Post surgeries (4) with 5 cervical fusions: pillow-help please


DX: DDD started at age 31, scoliosis, osteoarthritis, stenosis, osteoporosis. Now 61.

History: 5 cervical fusions: 1 in 1986, 1987 and 1990; and had 2 more Nov. 2012. Now fused C3-4 through C7-T1.
Lumbar laminectomy. Severe scoliosis in lumbar and thoracic.

Treatment: Had pain management injections periodically from 2002 - 2009, but no longer due to osteoporosis. Using TENS unit (little results). Back braces: several (ladder back, turtle shell) but best results is 'warm & form' corset.

Biggest Issue: Cervical discomfort; especially sleeping. We have a Sleep Number bed, but the pillow is the issue. I have at least 10 pillows but still difficult.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have found that a body pillow works wonders for me instead of all of those pillows. Two of them one for each side and then a memory foam pillow for my head.
    don't be fooled into thinking its just another memory foam pillow ..ITS NOT ..its an anatomically correct pillow and its unique as there is not another like it as tempur have the patent on it .its a strange shape but will fit in to a normal pillow slip ,they are expensive but I would not sleep on any other pillow .its NOT the figure of 8 type or a V shape its special shape.. google tempur millennium queen in large then order one from your local supplier they are available all over the world .everyone that I have recommended them to loves them ,you may find it a little strange at first but it won't take you long to love it ..mine has been on holiday with me and in hospital and will be going to jersey with me next week.as I can't stand any other pillow .please trust me you won't be wasting your money they are amazing .I have spent thousands on mattresses and pillows over the years and I have found the millennium queen to be the best .
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 10/07/2013 - 12:40 PM
    Not sure how it would help with cervical issues, but I know there are tons of options with "pregnancy pillows". Might want to good those and look around to see if you find anything different from what you tried.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I take it your neck is the problem ?? the pillow that I have suggested is unique its anatomically correct google an image of it and read reviews I think amazon sell them but shop around as they vary in price a lot don't purchase of ebay as you may not get a genuine one go for a authorised tempur dealer .I saves 33 % on mine I love it .I am going on family business and I am taking it with me ..it been to hospital and on holiday with me ..they are very comfy ..it may take a week to get used to it but once you have tried it you won't go back
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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