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C5-6 ACDF and sleeping

msjivaritammsjivarita Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:52 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I am now three days post op from a c5-6 ACDF. Accordin to my Dr, the surgery went well. He sent me home after only one night in the hospital. he did not perscribed any neck collor for me to wear :))) over all I feel fine, some soreness from swollowing, eating and moving my neck around, which I had expected. What I am having trouble with is SLEEPING. the first night home I tried sleeping with about four pillows. That did not work as I got up every hour. Last nigh I tried to sleep sideway and was able to get some sleep, but still woke up a lot throughout the night. Since I was not given any type of neck brace, Im afraid that I will hurt myself from a full recovery. Does anyone have any suggestion for sleeping?


  • Howdy Msjivarita, and Welcome to Spine Health!!

    My first fusion was as yours C5/6. I found that for me, sleeping in my recliner worked out soooo much better than my bed! I think I slept in that recliner for like 6-8 weeks. I was in a hard collar for 2 weeks, then soft for a car or walking for 3 weeks or so. I hated the soft collar, contrary to its name, the hard one was more comfy! (G)

    I hope you have a recliner, and too that it is more comfy for restful sleep. Again, Welcome aboard!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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