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Neck pain, hard to sleep - September 16th 2012, 01:52 AM

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Many of you know that I broke my neck about 7 months ago and it required surgery for a complete recovery. After the initial 3 months of recovery being in a neck brace where the only place was comfortable to sleep was on my living room recliner (because I could choose the angle I thought was nicest), I've tried to ease back into sleeping on a bed (especially now that I have a hubby to sleep with ) and have found it difficult.

Often times, I can't find decent positions that feel comfortable. When I finally find one that seems decent, I always wake up with a stiff and sore neck in the morning. I can't sleep on my stomach at all because it hurts to turn my neck and head all the way to one side. Sleeping on my back is okay, except when my muscles loosen up during sleep and I end up with my head/face to one side. I've discovered that I can sleep with a pillow strategically placed laying on my left side (only the left- the right doesn't seem to work as well). The only problem with this is that my side gets very uncomfortable.

What can I do to make sleeping in a bed easier? Other than trying to find the right position, I've also tried using a wedge pillow and a memory foam pillow to help support, but have found that neither seems to do anything. :/


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Re: Neck pain, hard to sleep - September 16th 2012, 08:15 AM

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have you tried one of those pillows which are made to keep your head straight (it had foam around your head)
Memory pillows aren't that good for support (I should know), maybe just shop around for a better pillow, or try sleeping without one and pressing two pills on each side of your head, that way your neck stays straight if you sleep on your back.

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Re: Neck pain, hard to sleep - September 16th 2012, 11:13 AM

I get this sometimes, but it normally goes away .
   
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Re: Neck pain, hard to sleep - September 16th 2012, 06:12 PM

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have you tried one of those pillows which are made to keep your head straight (it had foam around your head)
Memory pillows aren't that good for support (I should know), maybe just shop around for a better pillow, or try sleeping without one and pressing two pills on each side of your head, that way your neck stays straight if you sleep on your back.

Hope it works out for the best,
Jay.
Hey Jay,

Are you talking about one of those travel-type pillows that you can use in the car and airplanes and such? I've thought about that, but I'm not sure how effective they would be. I guess I should just get one and try it out - if nothing else, it'll be good to have in the car for long rides. What would you suggest, if not memory foam? I have 2 memory foam pillows as well as a down feather pillow. The feather pillow is probably the most helpful, but tends to squish down by the end of the night - I find myself waking up to adjust it several times.
Thanks for your help!


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Re: Neck pain, hard to sleep - September 19th 2012, 10:04 AM

A soft, flexible heating pad that shuts off automatically eases neck pain at bedtime. A sock filled with rice or barley and warmed in a microwave can fit into the neck area to loosen taut muscles.
   
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