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C5/6 with fusion post op

It's been 9 days after surgery, I'm off the pain meds, as it wasn't helping with pain. I am mostly in discomfort. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to sleep after surgery. I have tried chairs, bed with multiple pillows, and positions...is there someone that can suggest anything. I'm becoming so tired, and I can not imagine that it is very good for recovery.



  • I also had c5/6 fusion. I actually found sleeping on a bed with only one old, really flat pillow worked - with the pillow just under my head, rather than neck. So my head was only slightly elevated above flat - and my neck was kind of raised in the air above the bed (just because of its natural curve). I played around with other pillows first before I realised this - but they all caused nerve pain. Good luck!

  • You should try a wedge pillow. I think that is the best you can do for yourself after cervical surgery. The incline really helps. Please give it a thought.

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  • 1brat, both above answers are correct! 3 years post C-5 through C-7 failed fusion I can understand what your going through. Pillow support which keeps your neck in alignment with your head and body is your best bet, but find a pillow you like! You’ll find out that most cervical fusion members here, still use the same type they found after their fusion to be able to sleep. Good luck and keep us posted.

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