Sleeping after discectomy

Sleeping after discectomy

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Sleeping after discectomy

After your discectomy what position were you able to sleep in the best? Did you have to change positions often? How did you arrage your pillows? Any other sleeping advice???

I'm trying to prepare myself for life after surgery. Grin

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I slept on my back...

Occasionally on my side keeping a neutral spine with pillow between the knees and a rolled up towel under my waist. I slept mostly on my back using a couple small towels to create a circle or a "V" to house my incision line a bit (took some of the pressure off of it while laying on my back). Put pill ows under my legs too sometimes.

I'm still laying down too much because I may have reherniated a disc,...UGH!

Hope you feel better.

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I have a real hard time sleeping I toss and turn alot i take lunesta to help sleep still toss and turn so they gave me a lumbar suport. I honestly slept the best when i would take a lortab when i went to bed.Im 5 months post op l5-s1 and still toss and turn all night do to the fact cannt get comfortable. Wake up in pain have to streatch back and go back to sleep about every 1/2hr tio 1hr. Doc thinks nothing of it cause im doing so well other wise. I do put a pillow between my knees. Haver never realy been able to sleep on my back. hard to feel rested

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on my back

I usually sleep on my back the majority of night; however, I wake up if i move. I put a large pillow between husband and me so I won't spread out all over the bed.

Sometimes I put a pillow/cushion for my legs.

good luck

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Best position

After my discectomy I found it best to sleep on my side, with a pillow between my legs, heavily medicated. :)!
Rolling over was very hard so don't be alarmed if you feel
some additional pain when you move. I'm sure that some one in the hospital will teach you about "rolling around in bed"
If not ask.

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SLEEPING

i know that not every one has an electrical adjustable bed .but they are about the best thing you can sleep in {worth thinking about if you are considering getting a new bed } you can get twin beds that look like super king size when joined together.so dont be put of by the fact that they are electrical and ugly you can get nice electrical beds now.anyway whether you have an electric bed or not i have found this to be the best way to sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees.memory foam pillows are about the best for this
good luck with the surgery {a tip for you post surgery } ice the area as often as you can {after you have had your clips removed!
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After

my lami/disc at L5-S1 I slept on my back with a knee support pillow to keep my legs bent. I was uncomfortable for the first 4-5 days, but it really isn't unbearable. It's so much better than the nerve pain! Good luck to you and remember to stay on top of the pain taking your meds every four hours or as directed and don't over do; its a hazard because, chances are, you'll feel so much better.

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Remember to pull your naval in when you roll,...

meaning to flex your transverse stomache muscles which will hold your spine tightly in place when you move.

They should tell you that when they teach you how to roll!

See ya on the other side Erin!

Wink ;) Wink

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I sleep on a memory mattress

I sleep on a memory mattress top on my back with a pillow under my knees. Works for me.

Kin

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Sleeping

I got one of those "wedges" or "bones" you see on infomercials. It's basically a piece of foam shaped like a fat bone. It's great for side sleeping and doesn't get lost in the shuffle when i change sides like a pillow does.

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TY!

Thanks everyone. I haven't slept well in eons & I'm willing to do anything to get some decent sleep especially after the surgery. I'll keep you posted on what happens. Grin

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