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Unread 01-05-2007, 10:35 AM

Having hysterectomy on Monday (Jan 8th). After the surgery will I be able to sleep on my side? I get back aches if I sleep on my back and was hoping my side would be doable?
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Unread 01-05-2007, 11:25 AM

zoe2007 - what type of surgery are you having? I was able to sleep on my side, and used a pillow under one of my legs to support my stomach.
Unread 01-05-2007, 11:26 AM

I am having a TAH with possible ovary removal.
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Unread 01-05-2007, 11:29 AM

I had a different procedure, but quite a few years ago - I had a cyst removed via my abdomon (same incision as the TAH) - and I was able to sleep on my side - using the pillow as support. I put it under my top leg that I had off to the side. If that doesn't work, at least put the pillow under your back - off to one side - so that you aren't sleeping totally on your back (I have a bad back too, so sleeping on my back isn't an option ).
Unread 01-05-2007, 11:39 AM

I am three weeks post op partial hyst. I was having a lot of problems getting comfortable, one of the others members suggested a recliner, it saved me! You might want to give it a try!
Unread 01-05-2007, 02:09 PM

I am 3 weeks from my surgery and am just now able to sleep on my side as long as I have a rolled up fleece blanket or pillow supporting my belly. The first two weeks was sleeping in a recliner.
Unread 01-05-2007, 05:07 PM

Well comfortable sleeping positions were hard to find when I got home. I finally found that sleeping on my side with a pillow between my legs and another under my stomach felt good.
Unread 01-05-2007, 06:47 PM

I'm a recliner girl too! Slept in one for the first month of recovery. If you don't have one, you'll definately need a pillow to prop your tummy up on.
Unread 01-05-2007, 10:39 PM

Comfort for the first three week I agree was hard. I had to sleep on my back and I put a pillow under the back of my legs behind my knees that helped me to sleep. Now for the first time in years and I am almost three months post op I have woke up sleeping on my belly. I am so comfortable for the first time in SO LONG when sleeping that I don't want to get out of bed. A recliner worked better than a chair with a foot stool only problem was if you don't have a handle to pull the foot rest up. It hurts the belly some. It is really uncomfortable for a while but before you know it, its all gone.
Unread 01-05-2007, 11:07 PM

I spent a good two weeks in the recliner. I am a side sleeper, too, and I had a terrible time getting any sleep. I wish I could have rented a hospital bed for the initial recovery.

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