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After C4-6 fusion, issues with neck position and sleep

bjuraszbbjurasz Posts: 3
edited 07/07/2015 - 7:35 AM in Sleep Problems
Was wondering if anyone else is like this. I had C4-6 fused about 4.5 years ago. I am a side sleeper. This means I have a hard time keeping an aligned neck during sleep. I have found a good pillow at The Back Store that works well BUT I still need to be very careful. Basically, make sure my face is dead straight forward and chin not tucked down. Eight hours of sleep with bad alignment and my hands go noticeably numb. Things are worse when I travel (without that pillow) or when I sleep in a recliner (usually due to a cold, and in the recliner I tend to have a hard time keeping the head straight).

Is this normal to be this sensitive to sleeping position after this type of surgery? Any suggestions? Should I learn to sleep on my back? (I can force myself to do this if necessary, after surgery was in neck brace for a month and HAD to sleep on my back).

Details about me and my surgery are here:

Bill Jurasz
Cedar Park, TX
C4-5-6 fusion
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