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3 Days PO - Can't get real sleep from ALIF

pmckimmieppmckimmie Posts: 3
edited 11/08/2014 - 10:05 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Ok I joined because this seems to be the best place to maybe find an answer. I am 3 days post-op from ALIF due to DDD that I was diagnosed with 3 yrs ago (military health care - if you are walking, they take their time).

I feel surgery went very well. Same day of the surgery I was up and walking around, but the process of getting up or laying back down was REALLY painful in my abdominal/right groin area - a sharp stabbing/tearing-like pain.

The first night I slept as well as could be expected. Nurses checking vitals every few hours, but pain didn't prevent me from sleeping.

I was released the day after surgery. Again, the process of walking, sitting, or laying down isn't too uncomfortable - but transitioning between them still gave me those sharp stabbing/tearing-like pains in my abdomen and right groin area. I am finding ways to adjust the motions to minimize it though, and I accept that it is all part of the healing process.

That brings me to that night and tonight. I lie down - flat in bed or in my recliner, fall asleep, and about an hour into sleep I get a crazy dream with that sharp stabbing/tearing like pain and I'm up for a few hours, unable to fall back asleep. Naps during the day, sleep at night...it's guaranteed that between 1-1.5 hrs I am going to wake up to that pain (with some crazy images in my head right before they hit).

It's getting to the point where I am afraid to sleep.

I searched all day today using all sorts of key words but can't seem to find anything about it at all. Has anyone heard or experienced this?


  • Yes ma'am...mostly using the log roll method and grabbing onto whatever. I have to do a lot of shifting to avoid most of the pain, but so far I have not found a method to avoid it completely.

    My main concern was the pain I get when falling asleep. The pain I get getting into or out of bed or a chair I can handle, since I am prepared for it.
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