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Old 04-12-2007, 12:51 PM   #1
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Best way to sleep after ACDF

I have read that sleeping can be an issue after ACDF surgery. I will be in a hard collar after surgery. We don't have a recliner and don't have the option to buy one at this point. Any tips on a comfortable way to sleep with the hard collar?

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Old 04-12-2007, 01:18 PM   #2
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Re: Best way to sleep after ACDF

Yikes,
Take a little walk, rest, take another little walk, rest. Take all your meds, think about what was done to you. Drink some warm milk, take your meds. Go to sleep.
I had no problems sleeping the first few days. It was the 7 or 8 weeks after that in the Aspen. That's when I couldn't get my sleeping under control. The Neuro and I went thru most of the new sleep aids. He finally settled on xanax.
Lots of anxiety being my 1st ever surgery. Wondering if I was gonna fuse, my biggest anxiety was rolling outta bed.
I bought a recliner, nothing big and poffy. Just a simple, but for some reason expensive one. I slept in it for the 1st week. I just had to lay down after that!
Sleep has been an issue for me. I read in Consumers Report about the bed toppers. I bought one of those. The Neuro then suggested I buy a cervical pillow.
I find the bed topper great, the pillow is a bummer. Doesn't matter tho I'm still healing.So, I will do what I'm told!!
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:31 PM   #3
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Re: Best way to sleep after ACDF

Thanks for the post Ice. When did you have your surgery? I'm very nervous about my surgery. Here's to a speedy recovery for you!

 
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April 16th will 6 months? Wow, how time flys! When you've been ground into the pavement, by a negligent driver.....
Later,
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With a hard collar it is so hard to get comfortable for several weeks. I think around week 4 I actually got to where I could sleep. Even in a recliner, I didn't sleep through night, more like a couple hours at a time. I didn't use any sleep prescriptions. Without the recliner I would have been totally miserable. Do you have someone that might lend you one? Maybe a bed wedge that will prop you up to simulate the recliner position (upright). Can you develop a makeshift chair using a regular comfy chair and use something for foot rest, and use lots of pillows?

 
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Re: Best way to sleep after ACDF

I have been in this hard aspen collar for 11 weeks and it hasn't been a picnic considering the surgeon wants me in it 24/7 except for showers. Anyway, I use a bed wedge that I found online, also got the pillow case for it. My insurance reimbursed me for the wedge but not the neck pillow I got. The wedge was about $25 & pillow case was $7. Then I prop other pillows on top of the wedge to make it feel more like a hospital bed. I also have a plastic box with a handle up against the bed that I use to help me up on those really tough painful days. I had a bad couple of nights when I first got home, fell out of bed & was jumped on by my 108 pound hound dog my first night. Nearly choked to death on the 2nd night so started loosening the collar, sometimes I've woken up out of the collar because it will bother me during my sleep but I do feel like I'm keeping my neck in better alignment in the collar. By the end of the first week, I had to see a pain specialist because the pain woke me up & the surgeon is an idiot who told me to just take more percacet when the pain woke me up. I still take sleeping meds to get through the night which allows me to miss doses of pain meds. Now, I sleep without the wedge but with a slew of pillows all around me.

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Re: Best way to sleep after ACDF

Thanks for the replies everyone. I will look for the wedge online -- is that what it is called - just a bed wedge? Thanks again - here's to a speedy recovery for everyone!!!!

 
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Re: Best way to sleep after ACDF

Its called a bed wedge. yea. Medical supply stores have them, too. (if you live close to one).

 
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Thanks SKZ

 
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OH yea, Bed, Bath and Beyond (B,B, & B) carries them, too. Mod. please dont bleep me out. She needs this soon because her surgery is next Thurs!

 
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Re: Best way to sleep after ACDF

I had a bed wedge (you can buy from any medical supply store) that made it a bit easier to sleep. I had to combine that with some very pliable pillows to strategically place around so they wouldn't cause the collar to hit me in the wrong place or ride up.
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