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Unread 04-01-2002, 02:22 PM
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Hi everyone... I have a question. It may sound stupid but I want to know anyway. I am scheduled for surgery in a couple of weeks. I am a stomach sleeper or a side sleeper. After my TAH/BSO, how long will it be before I will be able to sleep on my stomach and will I be able to sleep on my side right off the bat? I hate sleeping on my back, in fact, it makes my back hurt. If anyone has any answers please let me know... Thanks, Tammy
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Unread 04-01-2002, 02:57 PM
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Hi Tammy

I am also a tummy sleeper. This is something that is different with each person and each surgery. I have had 6 abdominal surgeries and getting back on my tummy was fast for some and not so fast for others. I will tell ya that after my TAH I was on my side that night in the hospital bed and on my tummy the night I got home. I had a laperoscopy 3 days ago and am still not able to sleep on my tummy yet in fact I spent the first night home in a recliner. Odd isnt it?? A much less evasive surgery but much more sore on the tummy this time. I will keep my fingers crossed that you will be back on your tummy the night ya come home! Good Luck and Hugs!
Unread 04-01-2002, 03:02 PM
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Hi Tammy,

I am also a side sleeper. I was able to be on my side as soon as I got to my hospital room. We used pillows and blankets to support my back and a small pillow (or folded towel) to support my stomach as I laid on my side. Good luck!!

TAH/BSO 02/25/02
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Unread 04-01-2002, 03:08 PM
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Hello Tammy,

I am a tummy sleeper too! I usually can't sleep on my back at all! I found that I can after I had surgery. I usually will TRY to roll to my tummy during the night and OUCH! I found it GREAT to use a pillow at the bends of my legs while on my back, this gave me a lot of support. Also, my hips got VERY sore laying on them all the time on my side. I am skinny minnie and don't have much meat on my thighs

Also, since I was a tummy sleeper, right after surgery, I was "jumping" in my sleep and that hurt like H*LL!~

Try whatever it takes use lots of pillows!

Unread 04-01-2002, 03:36 PM
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Hi Tammy,
I also used a pillow under my legs the first week or so after my surgery. It seemed to put less strain on my lower back. Sometimes I would change positions by getting up at night and sitting (and sleeping) in a recliner. For the first week or so, in an effort to be as relaxed as possible, I always took a pain pill at bedtime. Good luck with your surgery. Keep a positive attitude.

Best wishes,
Unread 04-01-2002, 04:42 PM
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Hi Tammy,

I slept on my sides immediately w/o any pillow support. Did feel better to keep knees bent some to easy tummy pressure. Best of luck. Jan
Unread 04-01-2002, 05:51 PM
Thank you

Hi everyone. I am glad to know there are so other fellow side and stomach sleepers out there. I am glad to know that even though I may not be able to sleep on my tummy for a while, I can at least on my side. That's a relief. I just can't stand sleeping on my back, even with my legs bent a little. YUCK!!!
Best wishes to all, Tammy

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Unread 04-01-2002, 05:53 PM
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Best wishes, Tammy

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