Sleep best on flat bed, foam wedge, adjust. bed for relief?

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   Posted 1/27/2011 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone;
I have severe erosive acid reflux which is the result of the strictures in my small intestines that Crohn's Disease created. Fun, ha?! Now, sleeping on a flat bed seems to be killing me in more ways than one. I also have Fibromyalgia which added to the pain of sleeping on that flat bed. I'm presently using a cheap 7 inch foam wedge (21Lx24Wx7H) which seems to help with the acid and with the aches I felt every day when trying to get out of bed with Fibromyalgia but it's killing my back and hips.
I'm hoping to find some help by hearing what you found that works best for sleep and no painful acid reflux in the morning. I'm also posting this on the Fibromyalgia forum hoping there may be some answers to that part of my problem as well. Sleeping has become totally useless, painful and I'm thinking of giving it up entirely!  
I'd appreciate any help you can give me before I go completely insane from the lack of restful sleep! shocked
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   Posted 1/27/2011 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't tried a wedge but my bed is on 7 inch risers and I still need two pillows. A wedge isn't good if you're bent at the waist, it puts pressure on your stomach. I prefer sleeping in a recliner but we don't have one anymore.

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   Posted 1/27/2011 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to use a bed riser to raise my bed. The Wedge caused me back pains.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linlou,
I have my bed up on risers, but really want to try to put the risers on a board to give it a couple more inches. I have been using the wedge in addition to the risers to bring me up a bit farther. However, like pillows, you can slide down and it puts your body into a bad position. (As long as you stay up on the wedge with your hips at the place where it meets the bed you're fine, but you're likely to slide down). The best thing is to raise the head of your bed as high as you can tolerate it.
Good luck!

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   Posted 1/30/2011 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been having computer problems and this is the first time I've been able to get on-line! Just what I need, more frustration.

Thanks for your info everyone. I also loved sleeping in my recliner, when it was young and firm. Gee, I sound like a woman talking about her old hubby! smilewinkgrin I use a 7 inch wedge with a pillow under that to raise it higher but, yes, my body slides down while I sleep. I've tried keeping a body pillow under my knees but apparently my body slides right over the pillow. Don't you wish we had control over ourselves while we slept?! I've thought about the risers but I'm already using a step stool to get into bed and I'd need a ladder if it were on risers.

I just thought maybe I'd get lucky and someone would have an idea I hadn't thought of, or tried, yet. I guess we're all doomed to go without a solid nights sleep.

If I didn't have humor to help fight the disease, I'd spend the rest of my life in tears.
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