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Nighttime Pain



  • I only sleep for an hour or so at a time, then have to turn to another position or get up for a walk.

    Actually even during the day I have to keep changing my position. Sit for a bit, walk for a bit, lie for a bit, repeat

    I look forward to the day when I can just sit for as long as I want to.
  • i have horrible nighttime pain i can nor=t sleep for more than 3 hours then pain wakes me .i have not had a fusion but i have had 2 other back surgeries and now they want to do a multi level fusion ..my only advice for you is to get an electrically adjustable be with a high quality mattress and take your pain killers and sleeping meds before you go to bed you should be able to get comfy on an electrically adjustable bed rather than a flat bad .i know that they cost a lot of money but they are worth it{A good recliner is an option too
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  • I am be sleepless tonight....PT kicked my *#@*. I guess the only way to get stronger is to constantly challenge yourself, but oh my!!

    Pain meds will be needed tonight! Hope you rest well!
  • Sorry about the rough PT, hope they aren't too aggressive on you. Good luck on sleeping tonite.

    I will talk to my Dr after I meet for the initial PT consultation on the 11th and make sure they are both on the same page in regards to level of activity and where I am on the healing scale.

  • ..and as Gwennie suggested, try not to even attempt to log more than 3-4 hrs @ a crack right now. I took both AM & afternoon naps (in addition to trying to sleep @ night) for about the 1st 4 months out. Get up & move around if you are stiff...that stiffness is a killer, isn't it?!

    Your back muscles are still very weak @ 3.5 weeks out--it takes a long time to heal them. Go easy. Listen to your body--trite, but true. A busy day will reap a restless night, at your stage yet.

    At 2.5 yrs now, I still only sleep about 5 hrs b4 I need to get up & move around a little. Meds still needed to even get to sleep! Benedryl is great + a little valuim PRN for those tight back muscles that seem to tighen up more when you lie down...

    Hey, you ARE doing great! At 3.5 weeks, I was still a zombie! You are doing just fine!

    It's a long haul--you'll never be the same, but soon you'll rest better & that will help you feel stronger also. You hurt more when you're tired.

    Try lying on your left side, a small pillow under your lower back, bottom leg straight, upper leg bent @ knee w/ another small pillow under your knee. Wrap your upper arm around another pillow---! This is a good restful position, allows your whole spine to remain straight & by hanging onto the pillow w/ your upper arm, you can regulate where you want your hip weight to go. Hard to explain..give it a try..squiggle around until you feel "weightless"...

    Getting up, well, that's another topic!

    Keep us posted! Great to hear you're otherwise doing so well!


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  • Thanks for the pillow tips, I will experiment.

    Yes, the nights are worse than the days unless I sit way to long in one position which I tend to do at my laptop. Then the one spot on the left rear hip hurts bad. Same place when I bend to much. It may be where most the work was done since the left side nerve was the most damaged.

    Thanks Again,

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