Best sleeping positions after ASD closure open heart surgery

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Good evening all

Im Sara im 32 years old, i had an ASD closure open heart surgery ten days ago, every thing is OK , but i had a terrible and painful pain in the chest every time i go to bed or get out of bed!

Is there a specific position for sleeping that will help me ?

Honestly i'm afraid that my position is wrong !

I will be very thankful if you helped me with the best position for getting in and out of bed

Thanks alot [:-)]

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    What sort of pain?

    Like when you lie on your back or side?

    Im 23 and Ive had 12 heart surgeries and i am a very strange sleeper. I sleep with 8 pillows piled high so im sitting up, or i curl up in a ball so my knees are either side of my chest(scar) and lie on my front.

    When i was younger i always wanted to sleep on my stomach but wouldnt because i was always recovering from a surgery so i found this was a way to lie comfortably and be on my front without my chest touching anything. I still sleep like it now out of habit!

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      Dear chantelle

      you're so young to have these amount of surgeries, im so sorry and hope you will have a good health

      For me i'm not used to sleep on my back, i used to sleep on my stomach , so it was really very difficult for me !

      When i go to sleep , i through my self on my back without bending my knees with only one pillow behind, so when i totally be on my back i sense a little pain on the top of my spine which fades away 5 minutes later,, so i think that the way i get into bed is wrong !

      thanks alot, wish you the good health always

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    I can't answer your question but you should phone the ward you were in and 

    ask why you are getting that pain.  Was it happening before you came home from hospital ?

    I had a contact no for the physio who initially got me out of bed and walked me down the corridor and up two flights of stairs, sheer murder:-)  She phoned me a few times to see how I was getting on with my daily walks and exercises.  

    For the first six weeks I had to sleep on my back, something I didn't normally do. I put a pillow beside me to prevent me from turning over. It was a bit of a struggle sitting up and getting out of bed but I did not have pain to extent that you have.

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      Dear derek

      I used to sleep on my stomach not back, so it is really difficult for me ,, this pain happened after leaving the hospital

      so when i get into the bed i sleep on my back, the first minutes i feel like that the bone in the spine is pushing into my Throat with painul feeeling!

      5 minutes later everything returns good, but as you told me it is really a struggle getting into and out of bed sad

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    Don't sweat about the small stuff, that's right, the small stuff.  You should be happy you had it fixed before you developed heart failure, like I did.  You're over the worst of it, this pain won't last forever.  You will live a normal life now, whereas I'm living on borrowed time.  I don't mean to sound insensitive, if that's the way I'm coming across, but you're really worrying over nothing.

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      thanks alot Scotgal

      Your words are great and very true

      I thought that this situation is not normal, but now i know that i have to wait these coming months and after that it will be the full cure smile

      many thanks

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