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Post-op sleep

MrsCrogMMrsCrog Posts: 1
edited 08/28/2015 - 8:27 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi, all. I'm 3 wks post-op from ACDF at C6-C7 and I'm having the WORST time getting any sleep. I'm in a soft collar and my first follow up is next week.

I've tried the wedge pillow, no wedge pillow, the couch, the recliner... I can sometimes get an hour or two in the recliner during the day, but at night, I just lay there bored and irritated.

I'm a side sleeper, but every time I think I'm in a good position on my side and start to relax, it feels like my trachea and esophagus are twisting and it's hard to breathe or swallow.

Am I alone in this irritant, or have others experienced this? I'm just so frustrated with not being able to sleep!


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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    When I had my ACDFs, the only couple of hours a sleep at night I got was using the Wedge or sleeping in a recliner.
    My best nights, I might have gotten 3 hours of sleep. But after a while, you get used to that.

    After all of my surgeries, 4 hours of sleep a night is a good night.

    Check this out, its Spine-Health's Wellness center on Sleep
    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 hear ya. I had c4- then c5-6 all with in 1 year. Neck so sore. I seems bound up, couldn't turn my head normally, as so afraid this was just going to be this way forever. Went so far as to have a Mri on my brain, no problems reported there. What worked the best for me was the Neurologist prescribed me muscle relaxers I took at bed time. Day and night difference. It allowed me to move more normally during the day and let me sleep at night. Now I finally feel "regular" with regard to my surgeries.

    Best wishes
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