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michellew4167mmichellew4167 Posts: 3
edited 04/19/2015 - 8:50 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I'm 3 weeks post op and know everyone heals differently and all but thinking about what is the "Norm" in general.I'm still having pain in my shoulders and arms and tire real easily.I sleep but not well and sleeping in a bed is impossible without waking in terrible pain and exhaustion.Sleeping in a recliner is wrecking my tail bone at night so lots of readjusting and sleep loss with that.I have taken my hydro 10-325 until they are all gone but I still have pain in back of neck and surg site as well.At this point sleep would be amazing as it has been well over a year since I have experienced any restortive sleep at all.I wake up feeling exhausted and sick.Hoping for some tips on the sleep issue and if what im experiencing is to be expected 3 weeks post op.Thank you everyone.


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    I don't have any sleep solutions, as I'm looking to find them myself! But you are still so early in your recovery. Your body needs time to heal from the major surgery you just had. I am 1 year past my 2nd fusion surgery, and I still can't sleep all night in my bed. I move to the recliner, then to the couch with tons of pillows. It's never easy. You could always call your doctor & let them know how much pain you are still in. Maybe they can refill your meds?
    Good luck & I hope you feel better soon
  • jujubeanjjujubean Posts: 2
    edited 04/20/2015 - 6:18 PM
    I am also three weeks post op. Hugs your way. I have 11 pillows that I rotate through during the week. I bought one of those u shaped airline pillows. It sort of helps . I guess it's a waiting game. I'll be here for u !
  • I have one of those 2 foot square pillows that adorn the back of the bed during the day. I leave that where it is and have a reasonably soft pillow in front of it. Then I have one of those triangle pillows (my wife used it when she was pregnant) that I rest on top of the soft pillow and I then just kind of site just in front of them and let myself recline backwards - I end up at about a 45 degree angle and to be honest I sleep through the night like that. So only 3 pillows really and it seems to do the trick for me.
    C6/7 ACDF 18th April 2015 after 8 years of mucking around pretending it was something else...
  • I am 12 days post op same surgery and can not get comfortable to sleep either. So far I had less pain pre op. Sad.
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