Topic: Sleeping after a double mastectomy with TE

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 01:38PM

Posted on: Jul 2, 2012 01:38PM

shabby6485 wrote:

Hi everyone!

Having a pbmx on aug 14 for LCIS.  How did everyone cope with sleeping positions?  I am definitely going to do the recliner thing early on but how long until you could sleep on your side again.  I have never slept on my back and believe this is going to pose a problem for me.  What is the actual reason for not being able to sleep on your side?  From pain or is it from the TE's?  I am a miserable person without sleep! Wink Would appreciate any suggestions on how to deal!!! 

Dx 3/2012, LCIS Surgery 8/14/2012 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
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Jul 19, 2012 10:48AM my3sunz42 wrote:

Deejon - thank you for providing 'light at the end of the tunnel' ... I too am experiencing the pinching feeling on the outside of both my TE's and it seems to get worse as my new girls grow. However, I do find comfort sleeping on my sides if I push my foob in towards my breast bone - so I have benefited from side sleeping :-) I'm looking forward to my exchange later this year!! Congrats on your exchange!

Dx 4/26/2012, IDC, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/11/2012 Lymph node removal: Left, Right; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 7/12/2012
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Jul 20, 2012 09:35AM DocBabs wrote:

I slept on my sides as soon as I got home.I remember using a lot of pillows to sort of brace my breasts. I didn't find sleeping on the drains to be too much of a problem but one night I felt something tight near where my bra line would be and thinking that I had a bra on I pulled it down a bit like I was readjusting it , only it was the drain.....Ouchy!!!! You do get used to it.

DocBabs Dx 4/28/2011, IDC, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/13/2011 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 5/13/2011 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Hormonal Therapy 7/15/2011 Aromasin (exemestane)
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Jul 29, 2012 07:09PM Swmdsharon wrote:

Slippery pjs or satin sheets work for in/out. I use a travel pillow which I use on chair so head doesn't fall forward. I also use it for breathing exercises. Best of all when using it in bed it allows me to turn my neck far left or far right which gives me a mock side sleeping feeling.

SWhite
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Jul 30, 2012 11:30AM wildrumara wrote:

UGH!  I had to sleep in a recliner for over two months after my BMX because my implants (I went direct to implant, no TEs) felt too "pinchy" when I slept on my side up until that point.   Right before my surgery we went out and bought an extremely comfortable leather recliner and it was a God send for me.  I kept it in our bedroom and it was wonderful.  Granted, I'm only 5 foot 4 so I was able to fit into it comfortably.  I still love my recliner, but its now moved down into our basement.   It was easier on my husband too.  He slept better because I wasn't in the bed tossing and turning in pain.  Anyway, if you have a recliner that is comfortable, consider moving it up to your bedroom for awhile after surgery......it made life easier for both of us.  Best of luck to you!

Aug 2011, dx wth IDC Stage 2, oncotype 25, neoadjuvant chemotTC X 6, BMX with reconstruction, Tamoxifen March 2012, April 2014, two small mets discovered on liver. Arimidex, May 2014 Liver wedge resection. June 2014 SBRT of second liver lesion. Dx 8/23/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/20 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/30/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/29/2012 Hormonal Therapy 3/27/2012 Hormonal Therapy 5/8/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole) Dx 2/8/2018, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to other, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-

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