Ensuring I sleep on my back

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Lotsofpain
Lotsofpain Member Posts: 157
edited 10. Jul 2019, 09:46 in Living with arthritis
I am told that if I have a hip replacement - a real possibility - I'll have to sleep on my back. I almost always sleep on my side. How on eartth willI I ensure I sleep on my back

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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    If you want the hip replacement to work as it should you will do it. It may be for only for a comparatively short period of time, and you won't sleep as well as you usually do, but you will do it because you will be aware you have had surgery.

    Sudden though; do you have a recliner? Sleeping in that might be a short-term answer but I am not an OT or specialist of any kind. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • dibdab
    dibdab Member Posts: 1,498
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    It's problematic but doable. I'm recovering from a slipped disc and have been sleeping on my back for 2 months, I put a pillow either side of myself in bed to stop me rolling over.....takes up a lot of bed but hubby puts up with it! :lol: As DD said I have a decent recliner chair that goes almost flat and have been known to hunker down in it over night.
    When mum had a hip replacement last year she was told to sleuths a pillow between her knees length ways to stop her rolling over.
    I find a v pillow useful when lying on my back, it saves trying to lie flat and somehow gives support as you sleep.

    Hope all goes well for you. Debxx
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,710
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I think we all hate the 'back sleeping' after a THR but we all learn to cope. As the others have said, careful positioning of pillows will ensure you don't turn onto your side accidentally. It's only for about 6 weeks. Then you'll be told how to, carefully, resume side sleeping.
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  • Lotsofpain
    Lotsofpain Member Posts: 157
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thanks for the replies will the (hopefully) attached image of a head pillow help me to stay on my back when I am asleep
  • Lotsofpain
    Lotsofpain Member Posts: 157
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    with image
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I cannot see how that will stop you turning over. Are you still able to move and turn without waking up? I remain of the opinion, based on my post-op experiences, that post-surgery you will be very conscious of not moving as you shouldn't and probably won't sleep naturally deeply for some time. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben