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Unread 12-09-2007, 06:29 PM
will side sleeping be possible?

Im havine a TAH and Im a side sleeper. Also am someone who HAS to get there sleep or i get sick.
im just worried how long i will have to sleep on my back. i did ask my son for a body pillow for support for christmas- but wondering when i will be able to move to side.
any one have simulair worry or answer?
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Unread 12-09-2007, 06:49 PM
will side sleeping be possible?

I had a TAH and slept on my back the night I got out of surgery, and then never again. Side-sleeping presented no problem, even with a very long (nearly a foot) vertical incision.
Unread 12-09-2007, 06:53 PM
will side sleeping be possible?

i never had any problems with side sleeping after any abdominal surgeries. i actually have always woken up in recovery on my side...i must just go that way naturally. a pillow will help for the first couple of days but you should be fine.
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Unread 12-09-2007, 07:01 PM
will side sleeping be possible?

I slept on my side when I can home from the castle. I just made sure that I used a pillow for support. It also worked as protection as I was worried that hubby would roll into me.
Unread 12-09-2007, 07:40 PM
will side sleeping be possible?

I'm a side sleeper too and had a problem sleeping on my back in the castle. Had a great nurse, who had a hysterectomy herself, and she placed a pillow behind me, in front near the incision, and between my legs to help get me comfortable. It worked and I was able to doze off for a little bit. I had trouble sleeping in the castle in any position!

Once I got home, I did basically the same thing and had no problem side sleeping...slept great then!
Unread 12-09-2007, 08:04 PM
will side sleeping be possible?

Hi there!!

Don't worry. I know what you mean. I am a stomach sleeper. When I got home from the castle, I slept on my back and put a pillow under my knees (like they did in the hospital). Little by little, I started sort of leaning to the side. Just use your pillows to get comfortable. By the third day home, I was on my side. I did have DH sleep downstairs for the first 2 weeks just so I would be able to put the pillows all around me. I was also scared of him accidentally crushing me or "jabbing" me.

Since I did have my gallbladder taken out also, the upper part of my stomach seemed to "object" when I tried to turn. But it was okay. It did take about 6 weeks to finally fully sleep on my stomach as before. I just wanted to be sure I didn't stretch my incisions nor have any pain.

You'll be fine!!!
Unread 12-09-2007, 08:31 PM
will side sleeping be possible?

I had no problems at all. Was on my side the night of my surgery and within a week, I was on my stomach. Of course, the pillows helped alot for the first few days. Best of luck to you. You've come to the right place for answers. This is a wonderful and informative place. Everyone is very helpful and friendly.

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