Every so often a blog reader asks a question or leaves a comment and I think others would like the answer to the question too-then I answer them here on the blog. Today is one of those days.
After I told you all that I was cancelling my shoulder surgery I got lots of comments from people. Some comments were congratulatory, some were commiserating, some were sharing their experience. Several, including one from my sister-in-law asked how exactly do you sleep. They too had trouble with a shoulder and they too were hoping to get some type of relief.
Jill said, “I’m so intrigued by this because my husband has frozen shoulder right now. I have told him it’s a good thing that he doesn’t need to fasten a bra!! Ha ha. Would you be able to post a link to something that would show how to put your arm under the pillow? So glad you are getting relief! I hope you don’t have to do the surgery!”
Terry said, “I am glad you are feeling better Jo. I sleep with a pillow under my left arm for shoulder support and one between my knees for left hip support. Getting older really stinks sometimes :)”
Janine said, “I sleep with three pillows…..one for my head, one between my knees, and the latest one is to hug a travel size pillow with my arm when I sleep. I was having trouble with my hands and arms going to sleep at night. I talked to my chiropractor about it, and he suggested sleeping and hugging a pillow. I haven’t had my arms or hands go to sleep since I started doing that. I don’t blame you for canceling the surgery. I had rotator cuff surgery four years ago this coming Dec. It took me 2 and a half years to get back to normal. I hope you found your answer.”
Paulette said, “I’m glad your shoulder is feeling better. When you were describing your shoulder a while back, your symptoms it sounded very familiar to me. I’ve had frozen shoulder in both shoulders, first the left and 10 years later the right. It did go away both times on its own but it took many months. So when it happened on the other side, I knew it was going to take mostly patience and time. Hubby had it last year and his has gone went away now too. The pillow support was a big part of being able to sleep more comfortably for me as well. I still use it even though I’m fully recovered.”
I tried and tried to figure out how to take some pictures of myself laying down. (As I write, no one is home with me so impossible to take pictures) I ended up googling a bit and found this video. This lady goes a bit to the extreme but in general I tucked the pillow underneath my arm, had one at my stomach and more or less hugged the pillows as she shows.
I did that for several weeks and have now only use one. Honestly, it was a miracle for me.
If you’re sleeping in pain, taking her suggestions is definitely worth a try. I am so thankful that I stumbled upon something that is working for me. Sleeping without pain is life changing.
After watching the video I decided to give one the Buckwheat pillows a try. I found them on Amazon here.
Do any of you use one? Opinions on them? I hope it makes sleep even better for me…dare I hope. It’s improved so much already.
I’d love to hear a report back from anyone who tries sleeping with a pillow to relieve shoulder pain. I’m hoping it might work for one of you too!!