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Pillow suggestions after ACDF surgery?

I am 3 weeks post op from ACDF surgery, C-5/6 and C-6/7
I wake up every morning in severe pain on right side: neck, shoulder, right arm numb. I take my meds (including ibuprofen) and an hour later I can get around, but I was wondering if anyone has tried using a different pillow to help?  I am a side sleeper, and I am not in a collar of any kind. 
Thanks for any and all suggestions! 
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,109
    edited 07/30/2016 - 2:16 PM
    Hello Jennifer
    Please click on the links for useful information
    Welcome to Spine-Health

    Pillow Support and Comfort

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thanks for the Links Liz!  :)

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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,437
    I sleep on my side also.  I like to have the pillow(s) so that my head doesn't hang down.  I use two fairly stiff pillows for that.

    Welcome to the forums, I hope that you get as much out of them as I do.

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • laurietlauriet Kent, WAPosts: 35
    I am a side sleeper also, had lots of trouble finding the right pillow after surgery. I found one that is shaped like a candy cane that works great. I can't remember where I got it from, probably Amazon, but I literally just googled "candy cane shaped pillow" and you will get places to order it from. I got mine on the 2 for 1 deal. Good luck with recovery.

  • Thanks for the welcome Bruce ... just stumbled across this site yesterday, and did some reading in the forums. Looks like a great place, and look forward to suggestions! :) 

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  • Lauriet, thanks for the suggestion. I will do some checking to see what I can find on the candy cane pillow. 
    Thanks for good wishes! :) 
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 606
    JenniferD63 - please check with your doctor about taking ibuprofen after your fusion surgery? After my first ACDF, my surgeon dismissed the pain I was still having & told me to take ibuprofen. I was taking them all day, everyday. I had to find a new surgeon, when my first doctor told me his job was to do the surgery & he did. He no longer wanted to see me. 
    My new surgeon questioned me about taking ibuprofen. He took an X-ray & told me that my neck never fused. I ended up having another surgery. This time a PCDF. 
    I'm not saying this is what caused my non-fusion, but I have my suspicions. 
    As far as a pillow goes, I mainly slept in a recliner chair. I had to wear a soft collar. But I also used one of those U shaped travel pillows. 
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,437
    Good catch Motor1

    NSAIDS (which ibuprofen is one of) are interfere with bone fusion.

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • litespeedlizllitespeedliz Boca Raton FloridaPosts: 9
    I have been taking Turmeric which is a "natural" anti inflationary , I wonder if that could also retard the fusion ? Hope not!!
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,437
    Litespeedliz

    It is always good to make sure that your doctors know what medicines you are taking, this includes natural remedies.

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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