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ACDF surgery scheduled for July 2

martha50mmartha50 Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Will I be able to sleep in my bed with a collar on or is a recliner better? I have a zero gravity recliner that is wonderful for my lower back fusion -it is downstairs so I think I need a recliner upstairs-suggestions?
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  • Sometimes you can sleep in your bad if you get the pillows right. Others have swore by the use of their recliner. I myself didn't have a recliner at the time and ended up using the couch with some pillows to allow me to sleep in a kind of upright position. Now if you have lower back issues, you might find it easier to keep your lower back from getting to bad from trying to find a more comfortable position. Can you have the recliner from downstairs moved upstairs while you are in the collar? Unfortunately it is all going to depend on how you feel post surgery. Some have no issues and feel much better, some really need rest and time to recover.
  • Thanks-we thought about moving the reliner up -but decided to take advantage of a Memorial Day sale-I know I will feel good after the surgery but I am a slow recoverer
    - I already have six or seven pillows in bed-just hope this will take care of all my problems!
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  • I had ACDF C5/6 and I slept in the recliner for about a week. It was very difficult getting up and down out of the bed for me. I did not have a collar.
  • Thanks-we thought about moving the reliner up -but decided to take advantage of a Memorial Day sale-I know I will feel good after the surgery but I am a slow recoverer
    - I already have six or seven pillows in bed-just hope this will take care of all my problems!
  • And how long has it been since the fusion?
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  • It's been 5 months since the surgery. I was doing great until I got rear-ended by an 18 wheeler recently and now I'm having issues.

    The hardest part for me after surgery was sleeping. I couldn't get comfortable. Then I would wake up with night sweats.

    There is also a Facebook group for ACDF.
  • I had single level ACDF Feb 10th, 2012. I slept in a recliner the first 8 days. I had no collar. I just didn't feel "safe" sleeping in bed and turning from side to side. I slept in my bed the 9th night and returned to work the next morning. Rest is important, so do whatever helps you get the most rest. I slept great in the recliner.
  • I'm so glad I found this forum-back to work on day 9? Wow!
  • I'm so glad I found this forum-back to work on day 9? Wow!
  • kabema3kkabema3 Posts: 6
    edited 06/24/2012 - 7:39 AM
    I haven't slept in the recliner at all, but have been sitting in it during the day as it seems to have good support for my neck. Spinal surgeon told me to only wear soft collar for comfort if I needed it. Just found it annoying. Have been sleeping OK, including on both sides, but am waking up every couple of hours from being stiff post-procedure.
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