Like most people here I imagine I have difficulty sleeping as by the time I give in and go up to bed at about 9.30 my pain has pretty well set in making it hard to get comfy. I have cervical spondylosis and 9 weeks ago had surgery to remove two discs and then fuse three vertebrae. My pain is mainly in the base of my neck, my shoulders and arms and on a bad day up my neck to the base of my skull. I can only sleep on my side and wake several times a night with pins and needles in my hand/s and/or pain.
I know about relaxation techniques but this is where my difficulties begin. As I relax so my body starts to twitch or jerk, sometimes my whole body, othertimes just an arm, leg or my head/mouth. This is not constant but can continue off and on for a couple of hours and consequently as well as waking me up just as I drift off to sleep I find myself getting into a cycle where I start resisting relaxing. I have also found that this also happens at times during the day if I am relaxing.
Any ideas on things that might help and as I'm going to see my fantastic GP on Friday to discuss post-op pain relief ( still very much needed as unfortunately the operation did not reduce my pain much) should I mention it to him?
He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
Julian of Norwich