Sleeping Positions-help?

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   Posted 11/25/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that if I sleep on my stomach or on my right side I am in horrible pain.  My cd is in my terminal illeum so am I irritating the area by sleeping on it?
31year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Current Meds: Pentasa,Entocort, Fosomax, Vicodin

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   Posted 11/25/2007 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi have you tried sleeping on you back?
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   Posted 11/25/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I can sleep on my back without belly pain BUT...... I have back troubles too so if I lay on my back too long I end up sciatica pain.  Go figure huh?
31year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Current Meds: Pentasa,Entocort, Fosomax, Vicodin

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   Posted 11/25/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Whenever I have pain or nausea, I sleep on my left side.  I can no longer sleep on my stomach because I will get stomach pain.

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   Posted 11/25/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I have found that prego pillows help
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   Posted 11/25/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I sleep best on my back and to avoid back pains I sleep with a pillow under my knees and feet, it's made a major difference...I really need to get a new matress because I know it's my matress that's causes my sore back if I don't sleep with the extra pillows.

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   Posted 11/25/2007 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
phew! i am so glad someone else has this same problem! sleeping on my stomach was my favorite position, and i can get away with it for about 5 minutes before i get stabbing pain. it sucks!
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
10mgs prednisone (getting there!), 25mgs 6mp, 4000mg pentasa, vicodin for pain & a boat load of other drugs for sleep and anxiety!

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   Posted 11/25/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Crohn's in my distal ileum. When I have pain, I shift from side to side, but I do find that holding a pillow to my abdomen helps. I can't sleep on my stomach either!
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007

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   Posted 11/25/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I found that lying on my back with two or three pillows under my head and shoulders, and one under my knees (or just pulling my knees up) and lying really still got me through some painful times.
Age 41 female.
dx'd in April 2007 - feeling better now
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   Posted 11/25/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
MMMNAVY said...
I have found that prego pillows help

I agree. I don't have one, but i use a feather pillow and then 4 others around me (i sleep alone, can ya tell? lol)
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   Posted 11/25/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I sleep on my back only and ever since I had Crohn's. It was too hard to sleep on my stomach so I gave up.
Good Luck!

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   Posted 11/25/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I sleep on my left side most of the time, always with a pillow between my legs. Helps take the pressure off of my back. If you have back problems you should never sleep on yout stomach and avoid sleeping on your back, per my ortho. Susie

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   Posted 11/25/2007 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
On my worst nights...I sleep in the recliner on my left side with pillows in between my knees or on my back.  In both positions I use a heating pad on lower back & upper butt cheeks.  The heat pad also helps me sweat out the low grade fever without drugs.  3 stone.

Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 11/25/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd suggest trying a body pillow - it's done wonders for me. Put it between your knees on your side, and under them on your back. This is also good for back and knee pain.
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