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Unread 11-14-2007, 01:26 PM
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All, I can say is pillows, pillows, pillows!! I had my dh bring me all the sofa pillows(I had stored away), because they were perfect size. And, I had a pillow on each side of me for my stomach, a pillow under or between my legs and a body pillow that I could pull around me. So, I slept on my side but not completely on my side because of the pillows. I don't know where dh found room to sleep! And, I had a complete vertical incision from belly button to pubic bone.
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Unread 11-14-2007, 04:21 PM
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I had an extra long vertical incision (due to huge uterine mass) and was able to sleep on my side the first night home from the hospital. It hurt a bit the first time or two when I tried to roll over but it wasn't horrible. I took a pain pill (vicodin) each night before I went to sleep to take the edge off.
Unread 11-14-2007, 05:11 PM
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For me, it wasn't so much the pain as the feeling that everything inside was shifting. That was so weird!
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Unread 11-14-2007, 06:42 PM
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I have had 2 back surgeries and find it very difficult to sleep on my back, I slept on my side even while I was in the hospital I propped a pillow in front of me and one behind me so I wouldn't roll over on my stomach. I have to do that because I love to sleep on my stomach but my back doesn't love it.
My husband asks me if i have enough pilows around me all the time, its really kinda funny to see me surrounded like that.
Unread 11-14-2007, 07:08 PM
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Try laying on your side w/ a heating pad on your belly and cover that w/a pillow tucked under your side and you can "roll" into it. I found this very comfortable. I was also cut vertically and this really helped.
Unread 11-14-2007, 07:27 PM
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I have no incisions on the outside, but have tons of cuts inside for my procedures and am a side sleeper. I slept pretty much on my back in the hospital, but at home, I had to sleep on my side. For awhile I wasn't truly on my side, but had pillows tucked behind my back and in front of/under my tummy, and one pillow between my knees, so I was pretty much surrounded by pillows. It works great and supports the tummy area so it doesn't hurt. I'm two weeks and two days out, and I still cannot tolerate sleeping on my side without pillows in front under/around my tummy at least, and usually one still behind my back. I would imagine you would be fine to do that, and you're not truly on your side anyway. You may find it is really comfortable. I agree with one of the other sisters - if you weren't told you can't do it, it must not be a big deal. It's probably a matter of what is comfortable. I would think the only restriction would probably be not to sleep ON your stomach right now.

That's my two cents - I realize I don't have an outward incision, and I really feel like that makes it all so much harder for recovery and comfort. But as far as internal discomfort, I'm right there with you.

Hope some of us have helped you.


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