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Can't sleep

rae1112rae1112 Michigan Posts: 147
I can't sleep well anymore, my back and neck feel sore and uncomfortable no matter how I sleep. This Hass just gotten worse in the past 2 weeks. I have always been a stomach sleeper and I can't do that anymore. It's so frustrating! 
Anyone else? 


  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    Hey Rae1112,

    Yes - many of us do have issues with insomnia.  When in doubt ... Please contact your Physician (Licensed M.D. or D.O.) for options that may reduce your problem.  Hopefully others will chime in on this subject..

    Warm Regards


  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,366
    Wish I could sleep!! And on my stomach like I used to. And when I finally go to sleep I wake up constantly.
    I lay on my right side with a body pillow between my legs and the top up against my chest. I have another body pillow against my back with my heating pad on my back, the pillow holds it in place. I call it my cocoon!!. I'm comfortable for a while but wish it would last all night.
    I also learned you should not have a tv in the bedroom, be careful what you watch and/or read before you go to sleep.   
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  • rae1112rae1112 Michigan Posts: 147
    Well it's not insomnia really just  waking up many many times due to being uncomfortable in every position. it's hard to get used to since before last summer I didn't have these issues. sure I always had back issues but nothing like now. well I guess that's why I'm having fusion in March .  it stinks we all have to deal with this stuff.
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    Hey Rae1112,

    I stand corrected - not insomnia - Your occurences of interrupted sleep.

    If you find yourself unable to return to sleep at any time - There are years worth of experiences and thousands of people here that maybe awake and or uncomfortable also.

    Could your share a bit more about your upcoming fusion and the status of your back?


  • rae1112rae1112 Michigan Posts: 147
    I didn't mean to correct you. I have had problems with insomnia in years past but this doesn't feel like that. That's all. 
    I am scheduled for a fusion from T4 to sacrum on March 9.  I have 57 degree levoscoliosis in the thoracolumbar region. 

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  • rae1112rae1112 Michigan Posts: 147
    I learned I had scoliosis when i was 12 when my school had sent home flyers for free screenings at a local dr. 
    I was always told to just keep an eye on it and other than I could tell my waist was uneven by my teen years it didn't affect me more than being self conscious.
    Until I had my 2 kids at 19 and 23. Having kids was hard ok my body. When I was 25 I went to a spine specialist because of pain. He took xrays and sent me to physical therapy and again said to watch it. I do believe my curve was 36 then. 
    After that I just ignored it and dealt with the pain I had. I had two kids to take care eof on my own and didn't have time to worry about myself. I went to college about the time I saw the specialist and graduated with an associates in applied science degree and got my dental hygiene license . Big mistake!
    It was so hard on my back that after subbing for a few years I decided there was no way I could continue doing that. 
    So I've been subbing as a paraprofessional in the school here for years. 
    About the beginning of this past summer I started to have really bad back pain like I'd never had before. It quickly got even worse and I decided I needed to go find a dr and be seen. I'm not sure what happened that it got so much worse so fast when I didn't do anything different. I finally went and was referred to a specialist that only deals with spines who sent me for xrays and an mri. luckily I don't have anything going on other than the curve. but the pain and soreness seems to be getting worse and worse .  

  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    edited 11/29/2016 - 9:46 PM
    Hey Rae1112,

    You are correct though - it is not within my certification or licensure to put a single definitive word towards your unique situation.

    You have had,-and are looking forward to - additional treatment(s) -to relieve your pathology and symptoms.

    I hope that things proceed dynamically for you - and all issues will be improved.

    With Concern,


  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,486
    hi rae....
    omg do i ever!  i make sure i take all my drugs as i'm supposed to, and fall into bed about an hour after.  i'll get to sleep IF i have the mattress pad heater on HIGH.  then an hour later i wake up and turn it off LOL.  i have to have a pillow between my knees if i'm on my side, and i can't lie on my back at all unless i have a pillow or something under my knees.  I loved sleeping on my front, and those days are long gone sigh.  i cannot...simply cannot even try it the pain is too much. So i get an hour right after crawling into bed, then the rest of the night I'll sleep about 30 minutes and then the aching starts, the pain wakes me up every 30 minutes.  if i roll over i'm up at least 20 minutes to get back to sleep again.  Most nights I have to get out of bed at least twice and walk down the hall and back (if one can call stumbling around in the dark with one hand on the wall, and the other holding my back together waiting to step on the cat "walking").  Once i get back into bed after that I am good for another half hour of sleep.  It really quite exhausting.  The BEST sleep I have had lately was lying leaned back on the couch with my feet up with a blanket rolled up underneath them watching a movie i REALLY WANTED TO WATCH!  GAH!  fell sleep 45 minutes into it and woke up with the credits rolling.  in the middle of the afternoon.  LOL.  So now I let my body sleep if it wants to.  I just don't get enough during the night anymore. 
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  • I sleep sporadically at best. Even when I manage to fall asleep, sometimes not till 3 or 4am, I always wake up within a couple hours. More often than not pain  or discomfort wakes me and makes it hard to get comfortable enough to get back to sleep.  It's gotten a little better since I went to a long acting pain medication with IR version for breakthrough pain. The extended relief med keeps it less brutal through most of the night. Talked to my GP about it. We both agree that adding meds for sleep is not a good idea with my other meds.  She also said that the pain meds and muscle relaxer I use can contribute to sleep problems. Plus,  the pain reduces my physical activity throughout the day, which also makes it harder to sleep at night. Trying melatonin again. It helped a little in the past, so....fingers crossed!  Just have to keep pushing on and hope for the best. -.-
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