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Sleeping positions

Anyone have any advice on sleeping positions after having a fusion? I am having a 360 lumbar done. All advice appreciated.
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


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    and this may sound so simple, but whatever is comfortable for you!

    That may mean in a recliner, on a couch, propped up in bed... but I just can not imagine lying on your stomach to be comfortable
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I am four weeks post op from my fusion and finding a comfortable position is still a challenge. When you find something comfortable just don't move until you have to.
    good luck
    alif l4-s1
  • PinkellaPPinkella Posts: 211
    edited 05/14/2014 - 1:32 AM
    Try this -lying on your side bend your knees slightly and put a pillow between your knees/thigns it stops your spine slipping forward when lying on your side and I find it really comfortable ...all u can do is try different positions until one suits u best .Good luck with your op :) x
    Facet joint Arthritis L3,L4,L5,DDD.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I'd agree with the posts above, whatever, wherever, and however, the best position works for you. I had been advised several years ago due to my spinal issues to sleep flat on my back with a firm mattress. Post-op I have opted for a recliner several times but after my last fusion 6 weeks ago C2 thru T3 sleeping in bed flat with no pillow under my head is the only comfortable position that works for me and I've tried everything.
    Good luck finding that "magic" position, you will get there.
  • At first I could only sleep on my side with a pillow between my knees, one or two behind me supporting my back and then my head to the side on another pillow! It's whatever you find works best for you :)
    Pelvic fixation 2009, L5/S1 fusion 2014
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