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When is it safe to lie on my side in bed? When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

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Unread 02-21-2008, 09:36 PM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

I have been sleeping on my side since day one. Use a pillow for support that really helps me.
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Unread 02-21-2008, 10:25 PM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

Thank you so much everyone. I am going to grab a bunch of pillows and see if I can get myself set-up on my side without discomfort. Hopefully this will also help with the bad morning headaches... Unfortunately, I wasn't told much when I left the hospital (maybe because I was in such a hurry to get out of there - HA!) so I am learning alot through these posts.

Wish me luck! I could use a good night's sleep.
Unread 02-21-2008, 11:23 PM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

It will all depend on how comfortable you are. I sleep on my left side. For the first week or so, no way! I had to sleep on my back with a pillow under my knees.

After that, I put a pillow behind my back. That way, I had something to lean on while not putting my weight on my left side. Worked well...in fact, it worked again this week when I pulled a muscle in my back *ouch*
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Unread 02-22-2008, 12:59 AM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

I was more than a little shocked when I woke up in recovery sleeping on my side!! But with a little support with pillows, it's very comfy and I've been doing it ever since.
I find it pulls when I sleep flat on my back.
Unread 02-22-2008, 06:32 AM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

I am also a side sleeper. For the first week I put the folded up blanket (the one you use to cough etc.) across my abdomen. The weight of it kept me from turning in my sleep. Or maybe it was a reminder, not sure but it worked. A week later I used a full length body pillow to sleep on my side. It felt better with something supporting my belly. But at the hospital when I asked they said to sleep how ever I was comfortable.
Unread 02-22-2008, 08:20 AM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

I think sleeping on my back is the most comfortable, but I'm really not a back sleeper and it's starting to get on my nerves. I can sleep on my left side, with a small pillow tucked under my tummy, but for some weird reason i find it very uncomfortable and impossible to sleep on my right side.
My biggest issue is any clothing or covers lying on my incision, ouch!! I'd like to invent a little cage for under the covers so i can sleep naked and have nothing touch my scar.
Unread 02-22-2008, 10:23 PM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

Well, I tried sleeping on my sides yesterday propped with pillows, but I still had pulling on my right side so back onto my back I went. However, I woke up at 7:30 this AM, fed the cat and realized that I was still EXHAUSTED, so I crawled back into bed, turned onto my right side and immediately fell into blissful sleep (I didn't even need any pillows). I didn't feel any pain, but maybe I was just too exhausted to notice. I am going to keep trying every night until I can do it without pain. The sleeps are so much better on my side.
Unread 02-22-2008, 10:52 PM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?


I have more pain on and pulling on my right side during the day. I don't know if that is due to my appendectomy, or if that is due to the hyster, or both. But, when I lay on my left side (so my right side is facing the ceiling), I get a lot of pulling on my right side, which is the side I feel a pulling feeling during the day when I'm awake. But, when I lay on my right side (so the side I feel the pulling feeling is now against the bed), I have no pulling feeling and I am really comfortable. So, obviously for me, one side is much more comfortable than the other side.

So, maybe just one side is more comfy for you than the other at this stage in recovery.

I have found a way to sleep on my left side (with right side facing ceiling) by using a bunch of pillows to support my tummy and right side so I don't get the pulling feeling as much. So, I am able to sleep on both sides now. But, that pulling feeling is really weird, and kind of scary when I feel it. My imagination goes wild when I feel that pulling feeling... when I DO feel that pulling feeling, I stop what I'm doing or move around a little to get rid of the pulling feeling.... but I really don't like that feeling!

I'm glad you were able to get a really good sleep finally!!!! there is NOTHING better than getting some GOOD sleep. :-)
Unread 02-22-2008, 11:05 PM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

I know this is CRAZY but I remember waking up from anesthesia, telling the nurses to turn me on my side, because my "butt" hurt. They laughed, then helped me turn. It did help to have a pillow between my legs though, to help with the pulling feeling. I'm sure if there were any possibilities of hurting myself they wouldn't have let me turn. So I think anytime you can turn and be comfortable is fine.
Unread 03-04-2008, 09:25 PM
When is it safe to lie on my side in bed?

I finally found a solution to this problem that worked wonders for me! I had hubby run out to Walmart and buy me an inflatable mattress that sits 20 inches off the floor so it's not too low. I put a mattress pad on it to make it softer then inflated it until it was just right. There's enough give in it where I can easily roll over on my left or right side and fall asleep right away with no pain! Mind you I was desperate for sleep and had tried my own bed every night but kept having to give up due to the pulling pain sensations. I've had the mattress for 2 nights and have gotten almost a full night's sleep each time. Woke up a few times, made a potty break and then got right back to sleep. Wish I had known about this option way back at the beginning instead of sleeping in that recliner for a week and getting a back ache! Plus, it's so eash to get out of bed as it sinks down lower on that side when I sit on it and then I just easily "roll" out of the bed. Hope this helps someone!

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