Curious do you sleep on your back, side, stomach and do you think it helps?

How do you sleep
back - 26.1%
stomach - 8.7%
right side - 43.5%
left side - 21.7%

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   Posted 10/15/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I sleep on my back.  I have never been able to sleep on my stomach, I just can't get comfy.

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Major Flare Sept/Oct 07.  Flare May 08 (from aspirin?).
UC dx'd 03/00 Proctosigmoiditis; Pancolitis since 09/07
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   Posted 10/15/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Occaisionally I sleep on my back but I think I stop breathing more frequently when I lay that way. I always end up tossing and turning and rolling over on to my side. Lately I've been sleeping on my right side or at least starting out there when I get into bed, and I notice when I roll over to my left side I instantly have to get up and go to the bathroom. My favorite position though is on my side, knees up in an almost fetal position with one arm under my head/pillow and one on top of my pillow.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

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   Posted 10/15/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
On either side, once in a while on my back.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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   Posted 10/15/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I fall asleep on my stomach and usually wake up on my left side. I prefer to be in the fetal position clutching something.
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   Posted 10/15/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
i agree with the fetal position clutching something.... its amazing how we all have weird lil things and are alike
22 years old
Diagnosed with UC June 2005 at age 19
Just graduated from Virginia Tech

Have taken:
Cortifoam, Sulfasalazine, Cipro, Flagyl, Codine, Hydrocodone, Roxicodone, Canasa, Aloe Vera Juice

Asacol, Dicyclomine, Prednisone,Zoloft, Probiotics, Flintstones Vitamins with Iron

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   Posted 10/15/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah. My boyfriend thinks it's weird that I refuse to sleep without the comforter- in Florida sometimes it's almost too hot, but I have to have it over me and I fall asleep clutching a bundle of it. I just tell him if he's too hot, take it off his side but don't pull it off the bed. I also usually have a pillow between my knees.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day, Azasan 100mg


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   Posted 10/15/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Like many others, the fetal position does it for me.  I usually fall asleep on my right side, clutching the pillow and with another pillow between my knees.  I seem to wake up on my back, which is odd, because I find that the least comfortable with UC. 
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG as needed, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.  Yoga and walking.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare

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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
yep on my side, normally start on the left side but flop from one to the other through out the night. I also have a body pillow I hold part and put the other between my knees.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Usually on my side. Unless I'm flaring, then I incline myself on my back to take pressure off my belly. Its uncomfy but it sure beats multiple trips to the RR.

If you have alot of gas, lay on your left side and let it rip. Its amazing how this works.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Either my back or L or R side, never my stomach, one of my sisters was a stomach sleeper, honestly I don't know how anyone can find that comfortable not to mention I've been told by many docs that is the worst sleeping position ever, very hard on your internal organs and back.

I don't find any difference regarding my IBD on any of the positions I sleep.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 10/16/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I start on my left side and move to my back before i go to sleep.
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   Posted 10/16/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I flop all over but I tend to wake up on my right side. I absolutely hate it when I somehow end up on my stomach because the next morning it just kills my neck and back. I told my hubby that I am going to by myself a straight jacket and duct tape myself to the bed so I can't move!
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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I toss and turn a lot but I think I spend more time on the right side. I can never sleep on my stomach--too uncomfortable.
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
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   Posted 10/16/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
for me it's always the right side, curled up, sometimes with one leg straightened out. I can't really sleep on my left side- it puts painful pressure on my colon, plus it makes me have to pass gas- which isn't always just gas! Every now & then I go onto my back, but it's the right side 90% of the time. Once in a while I'll lay on my stomach for a bit, but I never fall asleep that way. Oddly enough that position doesn't bother me much at all, just the left side is uncomfortable.

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   Posted 10/17/2008 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to sleep on my back, but since starting the colocort enemas, i've been making a conscious effort to lay on my left side, to help the med distribute.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC, first 70 cm of intestine back in May '06
MEds & supplements:  Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema every other night, Prednisone (down to 5mg, YAY!), recently added Omega 3, 6, & 9 from flaxseed oil 2 pills 3x.  Also trying out glucosamine, 1 pill 2x.  Bowels have been fairly happy lately. 

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