reflux and neck pain

Friends----since my surgery I have had reflux disease that is apparently not treatable. i have been through 3 drugs and now take a powder that i mix with water twice a day. It doesnt work...thats the way it goes. My problem is that in order to keep things down I sleep with 4 pillows behind me. This has led to intractable neck pain that goes down my arm, elbow ,etc. It prevents me from sleeping. First, does anybody else have these issues? Next, any suggestions to alleviate?...thanks...ML.

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Brenda2008
Brenda2008

Hi Martin: I see you do have a journal of your story :-) I\'m glad it\'s a good way to keep a more permanent record of your story for everyone to read.

I always sleep inclined. The only time I seemed to have trouble with my arms, hands (going numb), shoulders was when my pillows weren\'t wide enough and it would appear my arm would hang off the side, so when I\'d wake I\'d see the affects. I do have a hospital bed that was for my husband, but right now it\'s at my Mom\'s. I will probably bring it home within the month or two since she recently passed away. For now, I sleep with a wedge pillow and a bunch of pillows on and around it. That seems to help, but sometimes I do slide down. I don\'t take any acid reflux meds, as my surgeons said I wouldn\'t need it any longer, but when I lay flat for any length of time, I know the acid would come into my throat area, as since my surgery there wouldn\'t be anything to keep it from coming up. I don\'t believe medicine would help that either. It\'s all about sleeping inclined.

Now, for the comfort of that....Fred, said he uses a craft-matic bed. You could try a recliner. Maybe a sleep number bed with the incline option would help? Perhaps you would be enttiled to a hospital bed in your home. I hope you find relief. A good nights sleep is a good thing! Brenda
MartinL
MartinL

thanks, Brenda....actually all of this is a small price to pay for what appears...so far...to be a good rsult for me....ML.
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Martini stories like yours help me get through down periods. I think you need to know how much its helps other people.