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Best sleep position (s) to alleviate or avoid waking up with achy neck and back?

Best sleep position (s) to alleviate or avoid waking up with achy neck and back?

Use pillows: Dear JenniScott,

Comfort is paramount when sleeping. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs and improve neck pain. If you have lower back pain, using a pillow behind your knees to slightly elevate it can help back pain. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it cause lead to unwanted neck discomfort in the am. A firmer bed or memory foam mattress may do the trick. Happy sleeping! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I get really bad neck ache. Bad sleep position or what?

I get really bad neck ache. Bad sleep position or what?

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absence of specific health concerns, sleeping on the back may be optimal. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. If you sleep on your back a puffy pillow which provides support but doesn’t put your neck at too much of an angle is recommended. Sleeping on the side can also. ...Read more

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What are best sleep position (s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

What are best sleep position (s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

Neutrality: No positions or height/ firmness are standard. You should find what works best for you, but try to maintain neutral spine, or straight spine in each position. ...Read more

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Had neck surgery monday to untrap a nerve and remove and replace c5, 6, 7 disks. Since then been having a lot of major headaches. What could be the cause?

Had neck surgery monday to untrap a nerve and remove and replace c5, 6, 7 disks. Since then been having a lot of major headaches. What could be the cause?

Headaches after sure: The most common is neck muscle spasms and tightness along with post operative changes and inflammation. This is quite normal after neck surgery. ...Read more

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Can a bone in neck appearing on MRI require neck surgery.?

Can a bone in neck appearing on MRI require neck surgery.?

Could be: It depend on the bone and what's wrong with it. I see in your profile you mentionned "broken clavicle". If you have a simple fracture, it may be treated conservatively. If the fracture is comminuted, infected or articular, surgery may be the best way to treat. ...Read more

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Would you do neck surgery, if you have a venous anginoma that they don't know what is causing it?

Would you do neck surgery, if you have a venous anginoma that they don't know what is causing it?

Ask neurosurgeon: For such a detailed diagnosis, it's probably best to consult with a neurosurgeon, to specifically answer whether surgery is indicated for your angioma or not. It may depend on the size, location, and how it's impacting your health. Often times, they can be congenital, and can grow. So this has to be documented, and imaged. Then, you'll have a good idea what to do. ...Read more

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Does neck surgery affect your voice?

Does neck surgery affect your voice?

Potentially: It depends in part on the nature of the neck surgery and also whether or not there is a complication. Having surgery on your vocal cords could certainly affect your voice. I am a spinal surgeon and we do some neck surgeries in the front of the neck. In those cases, the recurrent laryngeal nerve and the crycothyroid nerve both affect the voice and can be irritated during surgery. Thank you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acdf neck surgery?

What to do if I have acdf neck surgery?

Enjoy: In a properly selected patient, an acdf can be a remarkably successful procedure. Hopefully you will enjoy tremendous pain relief and will follow your surgeons postoperative protocol. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about acdf neck surgery?

Can you tell me about acdf neck surgery?

See below: An approach to the diseased disc is made through the front of the neck. The disc is removed and the nerves and spinal cord are freed from impingement at that level. A spacer is placed in the disc space and can be made of a variety of materials. A plate can be applied to potentially increase the rigidity of the system. Over 8-12 weeks bone grows across the spacer resulting in a fused segment. ...Read more

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Do I need a catheter for my neck surgery?

Do I need a catheter for my neck surgery?

Depends on surgery: It all depends on the length of the surgery and the condition that you have in your neck.
Would leave this up to the surgeon. Discuss this with him. ...Read more

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After pinched nerve neck surgery, will symptoms remain for a while?

After pinched nerve neck surgery, will symptoms remain for a while?

Usually not: It certainly varies somewhat, but it is not uncommon for patients to have immediate relief after surgery for a pinched nerve in the neck. ...Read more

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How likely is it that my neck surgery is messed up after being put in a choke hold?

How likely is it that my neck surgery is messed up after being put in a choke hold?

Anything possible.: Need a follow up x-ray and compare it to the post op x rays to know for sure. It is possible that a choke hold would do damage. Go get an xray at the surgeon's office. ...Read more

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Friend keeps saying he can't have neck surgery done due to diabetes. How are the two connected?

Friend keeps saying he can't have neck surgery done due to diabetes. How are the two connected?

Depends: Having diabetes is not a definitive contraindication for neck surgery. When indicated, I will often perform spinal surgery of the neck on a patient that has diabetes. That being said, diabetic patients tend to be "sicker" than the average person and have more medical problems putting them at increased risk for peri-operative medical and surgical complications. Thank you. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to have neck surgery if you have a venous anginoma in which doctors don't know cause and won't do anything until it gets acute?

Would it be safe to have neck surgery if you have a venous anginoma in which doctors don't know cause and won't do anything until it gets acute?

Need more info: The answer to your question requires much more information - what neck surgery is proposed, and where/how big/what type of angioma. Talk with your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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Will delaying neck surgery for only pain affect recovery If I do have surgery later? Conservative care has not helped, but don't really want surgery.

Will delaying neck surgery for only pain affect recovery If I do have surgery later? Conservative care has not helped, but don't really want surgery.

U have a significant: Surgical history in your neck with arthritis and DJD. You need to see a specialist to stabilize this before contemplating any more surgery! Surgery is not the answer if you are still having neck problems! It may not even be from your neck? It may be wise to get a 2nd opinion from a neuromusculoskeletal pain specialsit (NMM), or osteopathic physician, a D.O. to evaluate and treat w/o meds. Try it! ...Read more

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What is spinal stenosis & what is prognosis after neck surgery for it?

What is spinal stenosis & what is prognosis after neck surgery for it?

A narrow spine canal: Spinal stenosis is when the spine's canal is too narrow for nerve tissue, in the neck that is the spinal cord &/or nerves. Symptoms can be none to a pinched nerve to cord compression known as myleopathy. Surgical prognosis depends on severity of the stenosis, number of levels involved as well as type of neurologic issues present & if there are any cord changes by MRI as well as the surgical type. ...Read more

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Why are my forearms, elbows and wrists hurt so much after having neck surgery?

Why are my forearms, elbows and wrists hurt so much after having neck surgery?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes and if it does not get better, you should be checked. Some simple causes can include complaints related. To how you were positioned for your surgery, fluid retention with your surgery, medication reactions or even related to neurologic complaint from swelling around your cervical spine cord postoperatively. An exam can usually determine the cause. Thank you. ...Read more

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If my mom is about to have serious neck surgery on spinal discs 7, 8 & 9, are there chances her dying?

If my mom is about to have serious neck surgery on spinal discs 7, 8 & 9, are there chances her dying?

7: To answer your question you need to go back and discuss with your mother the exact level of her cervical problems. There are only '7' cervical vertebrae. There is no # 8 & 9. ...Read more

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Does anyone know, after neck surgery, any after effects, such as headaches, hurting shoulders, numbness etc?

Can be variable: Depending upon success of surgery vrs. Complications, not really unique to encounter some or all of your symptoms, but, maybe this is secondary to a newer complication or co-morbidy. Your doctor can help sort out what has occurred. ...Read more

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Hi I just had cervical neck surgery a week and a half ago. How can I clean my incision? I have some dried blood and would like to clean it.

Hi I just had cervical neck surgery a week and a half ago. How can I clean my incision? I have some dried blood and would like to clean it.

Depends: In my patients who have cervical spinal surgery, I use resorb able sutures and derma bond glue to close the incision. You can then use soap and water or hydrogen peroxide or an alcohol swab to clean the incision. You probably should check with your surgeon. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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If you had dengreative a and told you needed neck surgery would you do surgery when MRI says siginifit nerve imperment on C5 and wants to fuse it?

Need more info: Unfortunately, I cannot really state with certainty about whether you need surgery. As I mention to patient, I never decide on the basis of imaging alone, need information about your history and neurological examination. ...Read more

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I had neck surgery with general anesthesia 5 months ago. I recently went back to work and am finding I just can't seem to focus & concentrate. Normal?

I had neck surgery with general anesthesia 5 months ago. I recently went back to work and am finding I just can't seem to focus & concentrate. Normal?

No: Postoperative cognitive decline (pocd) whereby there is a deterioration in cognitive (intellectual) or memory function is a known condition that can occur after general anesthesia. Although not normal the condition improves over time. At this time there is no treatment. ...Read more

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I had neck surgery a week ago. Removing artrosis from the vertebrae because the nerves and bonemarrow got stuck the past 5 months. Still lots of pain!

I had neck surgery a week ago. Removing artrosis from the vertebrae because the nerves and bonemarrow got stuck the past 5 months. Still lots of pain!

Hang in there!: In general, neck surgery is pretty successful for the condition you are describing, but it may take more than just one week until you feel the benefit. Hang in there! You probably will feel dramatically better over the next 2-4 weeks. If you pain is severe though, let your surgeon know just so he can do a postop checkup to rule out a complication. ...Read more

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Neck surgery on 6/11/14 with plates and screws, throats still numb and choke on food is this normal?

Neck surgery on 6/11/14 with plates and screws, throats still numb and choke on food is this normal?

Possibly: If the surgery was done through the front of your neck, some numbness can result and should get better over time. Difficulty swallowing is less common. See your surgeon. You might need a swallowing study to evaluate. For now, chew carefully and eat soft foods to avoid choking. Aspirating food or liquid can cause pneumonia, so use extra care and don't delay seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ENT and head and neck surgery?

What is the definition or description of: ENT and head and neck surgery?

ENT & Head and Neck: Also known as otolaryngology, this medical specialty deals with the diagnosis and (medical & surgical) management of diseases of the ears, nose, mouth, throat, neck, sinuses, voice box and face. Some areas of expertise in otolaryngology include voice and swallowing problems, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, allergy, hearing and balance disorders, nasal and sinus disorders, sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Type of titanium-used in neck surgery?

Varies: Titanium is used in many spinal implants used in neck surgery. It is quite inert and unusual to have a reaction to and is also very MRI compatable. In the neck titanium is used to produce many of the plates, screws, and even cages used to fix the cervical spine. Titanium can be used in a relatively pure form or can be used in conjunction with other materials as well, thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from neck surgery?

Is it possible to die from neck surgery?

Unlikely: Depends on what the operation is in determining risk. If you are referring to an operation for disc disease you are unlikely to have a complication that would result in death. ...Read more

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I want to know can you die from neck surgery?

I want to know can you die from neck surgery?

What kind of surgery: There are many kinds of neck surgery. Death from "major" cervical spine surgery is rare, <<<1% in young to 1% in the elderly. Death from complication of the actual surgery is rare & more likely to be from a cardiac complication, stroke, blood clot, pneumonia, anesthesia, & allergic reaction. Your surgeon works with a good eri-operative team to keep risk of serious complications close to nil. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from neck surgery?

How long does it take to recover from neck surgery?

Depends what surgery: Most of the common neck surgery require very brief time to recover, will go home same day or next day some like radical neck resection, laryngectomy (removal of voice box) will take wks even months as they require extensive post op rehabilitation, like voice training stomal care etc ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Neck Surgery (Definition)

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Sleep Position (Definition)

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