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Unread 02-06-2005, 08:32 PM
Simple thing...but it works!!

I know you probably all do this , but just in case....I found the greatest thing that helped with my comfort level was to sleep with a pillow btween my knees when lying on my side and when on my back to always have a pillow under my knees....

It took the pressure off my back and helped take the pressure off my incision area.

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Unread 02-06-2005, 08:51 PM
Simple thing...but it works!!

I maybe wrong but I always heard that you should not sleep with pillow under your knees. I had a nurse tell me this when I had one of my kids. She said it can cause blood clots to form. I do use a pillow inbetween my knees and it helps prevent hip and back pains.
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Unread 02-06-2005, 08:52 PM
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Great suggestion! I too, found the pillow between the legs great for support.

I also would put a pillow against my back to keep me on my side.

Body pillows are great. You can buy them at department stores. They are nice and long so you can tuck them between your legs, hang your tummy over them and hug them at the top!

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Unread 02-06-2005, 09:49 PM
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I got a big from a nurse when I tried to sleep with pillows under my knees in the castle.

They want your feet elevated, not your knees -- to reduce the chance of blood clots.

So if you want to sleep elevated, it's advised to have your feet be higher than your knees. I propped my feet up on the coffee table in front of the couch with pillows on top of that. (Must have been quite the sight I'm sure.)

However, the pillow between the knees when lying on your side is a very good suggestion. I learned that one a few years ago, and it is very comfy!

Good luck to everyone!
Unread 02-06-2005, 10:01 PM
Simple thing...but it works!!

That pillow between the it length wise so it also is between your ankle bones, making the entire leg less of a burden on the back.

Unread 02-06-2005, 10:24 PM
Simple thing...but it works!!

I think that the concern about putting pillows under your knees when sleeping is only for the ones who are post-op and not getting around much... once you're back to normal activity levels, docs recommend it for back pain sufferers, at least that's ben my experience.

The pillows under the knees thing is a no-no post-op!!! After you're back to normal activity levels, consult your doc!
Unread 02-06-2005, 11:31 PM
Simple thing...but it works!!

I too finally figured that one out at about 9 days post op. Putting the pillow between the knees when lying on your side. Works great. I also liked a pillow under my tummy when laying on my front with one leg pulled half way up (that was my favorite position, most pain free!). I can't sleep on my back. The pillow between the legs I've discovered also helps with back pain (I've had since a vehicle accident four years ago.).
Unread 02-06-2005, 11:58 PM
Pillows Pillow Pillows

Pillows have always been my best friends after surgeries. I have slept with a pillow between my legs for years. When I was having night sweats I wrapped them with soft towels...

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