Which is better raising bed or wedge?

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   Posted 6/24/2014 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Reason I'm asking my primary doc. Said with the wedge u still crunch up your abdominal area and the idea is to have your entire body at one slant straight down.....websites with doctors say both r okay anyone with info.

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   Posted 6/25/2014 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the wedge, husband just got it for me but with my back problem I opt for pillows. It's a bit stiff with just the wedge bit I put thin pillows over it and it's passable :)
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   Posted 6/25/2014 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
For heartburn, I think raising the head of the bed works best. I had some trouble with it at 4 inches because of circulation issues, got burning feet and hands, and felt extra tired next day. but don't think that's a problem for most people.

So now I use a combo of raising the head of bed 2 inches(on bricks from home depot) and using some stacked pillows to create a slight wedge.

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   Posted 6/25/2014 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
my Dr recommended against wedge as it increases abdominal pressure. he strongly suggested i raised the head of my bed, which i did by placing it on some books

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   Posted 6/25/2014 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I use three pillows, and this usually keeps my GERD from acting up.
usually, I have to stay away from heavy meals. I hope this helps. idea

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   Posted 6/25/2014 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
All the doctors and websites I've checked say pillows no matter how many are the worst way to deal with GERD please go to goggle and find out......for your own good...

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   Posted 6/26/2014 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Andrea,

I totally agree...pillows definitely can cause problems, as they bend your body at the stomach, and put more pressure on it, thus increasing, rather than decreasing the likelihood of acid migrating into the esophagus.

That said, if someone was very careful, and built a wedge-type structure with the pillows, it might be an okay stopgap measure. There are times with travel, I've had to make do with that type of setup.

Interestingly, we went on a cruise, and they actually had a large wedge that they put under the mattress when I described my needs. That was a real surprise, and definitely not something you'd find everywhere.

I don't think you can recreate the value of a raised head of the bed, though. That is always preferable. Most loving spouses who want you to get better, will accommodate that need. It takes a little getting used to, but honestly, once you're used to it, it seems very strange to sleep flat.

So my overwhelming vote is for raising the head of the bed. It is far superior to any other method. I've used bed risers with two cut pieces of 2X4 for stability on a rug. Anyone who's got nighttime (even silent) reflux issues should do whatever it takes to get the head of their bed elevated 7-8". Sure you might slide down a bit, and have to re-position yourself once a night, but the results are worth it.

Best wishes,

PS...I had a blood clot in my leg after a foot surgery, so I need to wear my compression stockings to bed because the elevation allows blood to pool, but again, well worth anything required to protect my lungs from any possibility of errant reflux.
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