Hi, I am 4 weeks post op for oesophageal cancer so early days I know. Been sleeping in the recliner as propped up on pillows in bed was making my butt hurt; tried sleeping in bed only slightly elevated on 2 pillows and slept ok for 2 nights. Third night I think I got a little too flat and next thing I knew the horrible reflux taste was all consuming. I was wondering if it is only the issue of reflux that is the reason for recommending (from the hospital and doc etc) for sleeping propped up (almost sitting up) or will it affect recovery if on a much lower incline?
The reason I ask this is because when I sleep in the recliner it is all the way back very little incline and I sleep ok no probs. Is this inclined sleeping position something to expect for the rest of life? Have any fellow survivors here tried the various reflux pillows on the market and are they any good? Has anyone had to resort to an adjustable bed to get a good nights sleep; I know these are available at reasonable prices now but how do they compare in iffectiveness to a reflux pillow? How about raising the bed head? Just how far inclined do you need to be to be safe from reflux? The suggested 30-40 deg angle I have seen on various sites means a wedge cushion would need to be around 2 feet high at the highest point (assuming that the wedge extends down to just above the butt; so placing the whole torso on an incline rather than bending midway). Reflux pillows seem to be of rather modest heights around 6 inches!
Was thinking of having a custom wedge pillow cut as plenty of places online will supply custom pillows and at around half the price of the upper range refluxe pillows on amazon etc.
Any input is most welcome and if I go ahead with the custom pillow I will post details after giving it a try for a week or so.
Regards to all, Malcolm.