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Sleeping Post ALIF

I can only sleep lying flat on my back or reclined a bit before it becomes uncomfortable and awakens me. I've tried to sleep on my left and right sides but it is really uncomfortable and painful!! :( Does anyone have any tips or tricks they'd like to share?


  • I found the only way to sleep on my side was with a pillow between my knees. I had a TLIF though so only in through the back.
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
    Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014
  • Spike32SSpike32 Posts: 6
    edited 01/22/2015 - 12:31 PM
    I'm a back sleeper. After my lumbar fusion I have found that there is no perfect position. Most nights I use pillows under my knees to keep them as elevated as possible. Some nights I need to sleep on my side which requires pillows between my knees and more between my feet. Last year I broke down and purchased an adjustable bed, There is a "zero gravity" setting that places the least amount of pressure on my back, bum and legs. It was a worthy purchase. I wish I could say that it was the perfect solution...but I still spend several nights a week moving between the bed and the couch (and back again). Good luck.
    Herniated L5 S1, (2) Lumbar Epidural Injections, lumbar discectomy L5 S1 August 2009, ALIF L5 S1 December 2012, Nerve Damage, L4 L5 Bulging Disc
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