Side sleeper with tense back muscles - Help!
I can't remember ever being anything but a side sleeper. I have a lot of tension in my upper back, which can obviously affect my lower back. Sleeping on my side with a thin pillow between my legs is most comfortable for me. Sleeping on my back tends to exacerbate any pain I have in my lower back. I also have problems falling and staying asleep. I take Ambian.
How do I train myself to sleep on my back? My surgery (DIEP - both breasts) could happen anytime in the next 2-3 weeks. I'm terrified of rolling over and damaging my reconstructed breasts. Any ideas? I know I can use regular pillows to put around me, but does that work if all your body wants to do is roll over on your side while sleeping?
The tension is my upper back is pretty bad. Sometimes it feels like one giant knot. Foam rolling helps (it hurts SO much, but it helps), but that's obviously not going to be an option right after my surgery. I have managed to pull muscles in my upper back during my sleep (also while awake, but doing it in my sleep is particularly irritating). If you have/had back issues before your surgery, how did you deal with it after surgery?
Thanks for any help!