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Topic: Will I ever sleep on my stomach again?

Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Is it right for you? Discuss timing and various procedures and techniques.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2011 12:31PM

erin_warner wrote:

I've been reading these discussion boards for a few month now. Had a Bilateral MX November 30th, 2010with immediate tissue expanders. 2 days ago had exchange surgery; 500 cc Naturelle Silicone implants. I have learned so much and been helped tremendously by reading the experiences of many women on this website. Here's my question - I am longing to sleep on my stomach, I've always been a stomach sleeper. Are any of you who are further down the road int he reconstruction process able to sleep on you stomach?

Dx 10/29/2010, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+
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Mar 3, 2011 12:36PM Adey wrote:

I am able to sleep on my stomach with tissue expanders.  Hope to do my exchange sometime in May.

BMX 5/28/10, TAC x 6 last one 1/04/11, Rads finished 3/29/11, Bilateral Gap in NOLA 12/6/11, Stage two NOLA 3/15/12, Stage 2B in Charleston 8/31/12, bone mets Stage IV. Dx 5/5/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 3, 2011 01:51PM ibcmets wrote:

Me too.  After incisions healed, I was able to sleep on my stomach with TE's with large soft pillows under me.  After exchange, I may not be able to for awhile.

Terri

6/2009 stage IV diagnosis w bone mets ,Xgeva , 2015 brain mets, liver metastasis
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Mar 3, 2011 02:16PM kle wrote:

Congrats on the exchange.  I so understand what you are saying, boy did I miss that stomach sleeping for the 9 months I had the TE's in for!  Thank goodness, once you heal a bit you will be back on your stomach!   But I still sleep with pillows on all sides, like I did when I had the TE's.  You will be so happy!

kle

Dx 7/24/2008, DCIS, Right, Stage 0, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/1/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes
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Mar 3, 2011 05:08PM vmudrow wrote:

I was a stomach sleeper too - now that I've had my exchange I sleep on my side, stomach just isn't as comfortable as it used to be - side sleeping is much more comfortable than on your back all night!!

valerie, Diagnoised 1/24/2010 with atypical lobular hyperplasia, prophylactic NSM on 5/6/10, strong family history, 40% risk of breast cancer
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Mar 3, 2011 07:30PM Shrek4 wrote:

I was able to sleep on my stomach after my incisions healed, but for some reason I prefer to sleep on my side now. I guess it's because the foobs are a little larger than my old breasts and also they dont' give way as much, so it's liek sleeping on two small balloons

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Mar 3, 2011 07:43PM mrsnjband wrote:

I haven't had reconstruction,  but I was a tummy sleeper.  But BMX, radiation, frozen shoulder turned me into a back sleeper.  It is still difficult to go to sleep on my back, but that is the way I sleep most of the time.  Now I usually go to sleep on my side but then wake up on my back.  It is very rare that I actually turn over to my tummy.  I hope you can return to tummy sleeping.  NJ

Norma June, Bi-lateral MX 2008, Bi-lateral DIEP 2011 Dx 1/10/2008, IBC, <1cm, Stage IIIB, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/24/2008 AC Chemotherapy 3/9/2008 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/28/2008 Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 7/9/2008 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 8/10/2008 Surgery 8/14/2011 Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 8/14/2011 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Surgery 12/11/2011 Reconstruction (left)
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Mar 3, 2011 08:47PM mom3band1g wrote:

I had my exchange NOv 30 and can just now sleep on my stomach but I have to use a lot of pillows!

lumpectomy 2/10/10 bi-lat mx 3/25/10 rads completed 7/10! Dx 1/19/2010, DCIS, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+
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Mar 5, 2011 01:53PM sweetie2040 wrote:

Erin-I'm a total stomach sleeper. I always felt the most comortable that way. After my BMX I couldn't sleep on my stomach for months and months. I had my exchange in Oct 2010 and I can sleep on my stomach or my side. I was able to do so probably about a month later. I find though that putting a pillow between me and the bed helps so that I am not laying flat on my implants. With the pillow I am very comfortable and sleep well. It seems like most of the girls do this too. I will say this even though I hated sleeping on my back after my MX I had no back pain. Sleeping on your back is much better for you I have read and been told by my PT. However, I thought I could give up sleeping on my stomach if I had too, but I can't! I just feel the most comfy that way. Give it time and play around with pillows and you should be able to get there too.

Sweetie Dx 2/25/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 6, 2011 12:47AM karen1956 wrote:

erin....I couldn't sleep on my stomach with TE...hurt too much....Its been 2 1/2 years since I've had these implants and I've been able to sleep on my stomach for some time now...don't remember when it started, maybe in the past year.....I got so used to sleeping on my back that it took me a while to get used to my sleeping on my stomach again.

Karen in Denver, Dx 02/03/2006, ILC, stage IIIa, ER/PR+, HER2-,
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Mar 6, 2011 05:30AM Lynkoura wrote:

I couldn't sleep on my stomach with tissue expanders (for ten months) and at six weeks post exchange don't think I will be able to again. I have only started sleeping on both sides again.

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Mar 6, 2011 10:30AM Enjoyful wrote:

I've always been a stomach sleeper, too, but couldn't do it with the TEs.  Since the exchange, I can sleep on my stomach if I tuck my arms along my sides, elbows bent with hands by my shoulders.  Sounds complicated but it works!

BENGHAZI! Dx 9/2004, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/28/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 1, 2011 08:14PM ibcmets wrote:

My implants are saline are almost as hard as the TE's.  I can't sleep on my stomach with them.  I'll be swapping them out for gels this summer.  Hope to get back to sleeping on my stomach.

Terri

6/2009 stage IV diagnosis w bone mets ,Xgeva , 2015 brain mets, liver metastasis
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Dec 31, 2019 02:54AM - edited Dec 31, 2019 04:43AM by Teslafied

I’m reviving an old thread after doing a search on this topic.  I’ve had had such a hard time sleeping since my BMX. The only way I have ever been able to get a good night’s sleep is on my stomach.  I have tried so many other ways: on my back with my head raised; on my back with feet raised; on my left side, on my right side, with and without pillows in between my legs, in a recliner chair, etc, etc, etc.  I just can’t sleep. On top of this, I also have restless legs! Right now it’s almost 3am and I’ve had it. I have an appt with my BS at 9am this morning for my post-op.  I don’t want to take any meds for this. Does anyone have any other suggestions for comfortable sleeping positions that maybe I haven’t tried?  I just wish I could go back to sleeping on my stomach again.  I’m so tired....

10/20/2019 Re-excision positive lateral, anterior, inferior, medial margins. 10/31/2019 Re-excision additional positive anterior, inferior margins. Dx 8/6/2019, LCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 10/3/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Surgery 12/23/2019 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Dec 31, 2019 10:24AM trinigirl50 wrote:

I took Gravol until I got back in a sleeping rhythm. I am 4 years from breast reconstruction and I cannot sleep on my stomach any more. I have since learnt to be a side sleeper.

trinigirl50 Dx 3/7/2015, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 20/24 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/7/2015 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 4/14/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Hormonal Therapy 9/14/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 10/1/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 31, 2019 12:21PM MinusTwo wrote:

I am 9 years from original surgery and I have never been able to sleep on my stomach again. I too have learned to sleep happily on my side. I have often had problems shutting down my mind to get to sleep, but chair yoga with deep breathing exercises has really helped.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014

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