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If you have reflux, should you elevate head? Will this help?

If you have reflux, should you elevate head? Will this help?

Head, neck ,shoulder: Water runs downhill and so does stomach contents. Elevating head, neck and shoulders 4"-6" with bricks, blocks of wood under the bed, or a long wedge pillow can help, without hurting your back. Avoid eating for 2-3h before bedtime, don't lie down for 2-3h after eating; avoid coffee, alcohol, peppermint, chamomile, spicy food, fatty foods, chocolate, acidiv foods. ...Read more

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Elevating Head (Definition)

Sleep with your head raised about 6 inches. Sleeping with the head higher than the stomach reduces the likelihood that partially digested food will reflux into the esophagus. Place books, bricks, or blocks securely under the legs at the head of your bed. Or use a wedge-shaped pillow under your mattress. Sleeping on extra pillows does NOT work ...Read more


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Elevate head or feet of a hypertensive person?

Elevate head or feet of a hypertensive person?

Neither: Elevate feet, or head down if low blood pressure (hypotension); hypertension not likely to be affected. Lying down may have some modest effect. ...Read more

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Trying to get out of bed today, but everytime i lift my head off the pillow i get a wave of dizziness. Is this serious?

Trying to get out of bed today, but everytime i lift my head off the pillow i get a wave of dizziness. Is this serious?

Several reasons: This could be due to several reasons like benign positional vertigo, dehydration, have a middle ear infection. You should see your primary care doctor. He can do a physical exam and perform some basic tests to find the cause. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had neck fusion in 2009. I now have numbness in shoulder and neck pain. Can't lift my head in bed either. What's wrong?

Had neck fusion in 2009.  I now have numbness in shoulder and neck pain.  Can't lift my head in bed either.  What's wrong?

Depends: Many patients after spine surgery can have pain again. Usually the disc above the fusion can get herniated. Visit your doctor for a full exam and likely new imaging studies to determine the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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I am getting dizzy while in bed or when I lift my head. The only thing i've changed is that I am not eating meat . Heart press. Is 133/80 pulse 77?

I am getting dizzy while in bed or when I lift my head. The only thing i've changed is that I am not eating meat . Heart press. Is 133/80 pulse 77?

Poss. Benign Vertigo: Possible benign possitional vertigo episode. Need exercises for inner ear like "epley manneuver or others"( check videos in the internet). Maybe Meclizine could help. Will go away in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long after septoplasty should my head be elevated?

How long after septoplasty should my head be elevated?

72 hours adequate: I typically recommend that people sleep on a few pillows and ice the eyes and nose for the first three days. Swelling tends to peak during this period and then begins to decline. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go to bed after hitting your head really hard?

Is it okay to go to bed after hitting your head really hard?

Did you lose: Consciousness? You can have a concussion with or without loss of consciousness. Headache/ pressure of head? Are you unable to recall what happened? Do you feel dizzy or have ringing in the ears? Confusion or slurred speech? Nausea or vomiting? Extreme fatigue? If you believe you have a concussion please seek prompt medical care. If you don't have these types of symptoms - you can go to bed. ...Read more