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My PS told me to sleep on my back for 6 weeks. It's been 4 weeks today & I am so tired of sleeping on my back! Does anyone know if sleeping on your side or getting a massage/lying on your tummy will affect anything? I am afraid to do it, but my back is killing me so much!
I don't have a professional answer. I lay on my back for 4 weeks, because of the tenderness on my side. However, I started to lie on my side after that because my heels were cracked and dry, plus I was just SOOOOOO ready to lie on my side - I prop my self up just a little, which lessens the pressure there. I also find too that now I lie on my side I sometimes wake up now on my back anyway. I'd say see what's comfy and if it doesn't cause you any problems during the next day it's ok, my opinion HTH.
I was never given sleeping instructions/rules. I began sleeping on my side sometime late the second week. It wasn't completely painless but I slept better. I was allowed to sleep braless after two weeks and have been doing that AND sleeping on my side with no visable issues as a result.
I kind of sleep on my side now.. 5 days OTR. Kink of like when I was 9 mos preggers...I start on back, tilt alittle, shove a pillow between my legs, and under my back for support, and I sllep much better. i was never told how to sleep. I do not want to be totally on my side, and that hurts alittle, but just the slight tilt makes all the difference for me. I cant really sleep on my back. I also do not have a bra on al all.. My PS said no bra, i have a pad and a very stretchy mesh think that holds the pad there, but it is not tight or supportive at all. The girls seem to be doing fine this way, they are not hard or real swollen or anything...
My biggest worry pre-op was wondering how I would be able to sleep. My fears were unfounded since I slept on my stomach on the very first night. No problems. I just used an extra pillow so I wasn't putting as much pressure on my chest.
My PS said to sleep elevated, on my back, for 10 days to 2 weeks to encourage the blood to circulate better thru out my chest, and to let any fluids drain (into lymph nodes, I guess he meant?). I ended up sleeping on my back for a couple of months because my horizontal incisions on both sides went around almost to my back and it was just too painful to side-sleep. I did however, sort of tilt off my back to almost on my side, and stuffed a big body pillow behind my back, and leaned on one in front of me, and put a pillow between my knees and that was pretty comfortable. I still can't sleep on my stomach, it's just too uncomfortable and the 'girls' don't like it. I would say, your body will tell you when you can sleep on your sides or tummy.
I agree your body will tell you. If you really want to sleep on your sides try this, put a pillow between your legs and then have a pretty big pillow lying nex to you and hug it. When I did this it kept the weight from pressing down on the tender areas and made it bearable for me to sleep on my side about ten days post-op. I am a total tummy sleeper and still can't do that yet. However, sleeping on my side hugging the pillow is way better than sleeping on my back, that was hard for me.
Roberta524 wrote:My biggest worry pre-op was wondering how I would be able to sleep. My fears were unfounded since I slept on my stomach on the very first night. No problems. I just used an extra pillow so I wasn't putting as much pressure on my chest.
Maybe they should invent massage tables for women; with two holes for the breasts (!)... no need to use it only post-surgery. How many of us find it rather difficult to lay flat on those tables anyways!
Maybe they should invent massage tables for women; with two holes for the breasts (!)... no need to use it only post-surgery. How many of us find it rather difficult to lay flat on those tables anyways![/quote]
They are invented, My friend is a massage Therapist and she has a table with the holes for large breasts and a belly
JenniferMcCalla wrote:My PS told me to sleep on my back for 6 weeks. It's been 4 weeks today & I am so tired of sleeping on my back! Does anyone know if sleeping on your side or getting a massage/lying on your tummy will affect anything? I am afraid to do it, but my back is killing me so much!
I am staying with a friend who likes a lot of those long 'full body' pillows in different density and softness. The whole bed is full of them (!). I found that I am able to sleep semi-sideways with support of all these pillows.
Just an idea. Maybe it would help.
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