Oesophagus conditions

I like to share with you all fellow sufferer's " this information"studies showed that the compound inclined, left-side sleeping position makes refluxing virtually impossible because your LES is"now" positioned well above the level of stomach contents, even if your stomach is really full. And, if you do reflux, gravity is able to quickly return the contents to your stomach. This ideal relief position provides a double whammy of decreasing your heartburn symptoms and providing protection from prolonged acid exposure to your esophagus, throat, lungs, and sinuses. I'm going to give it a try, if you tried it please let us know how was it for you

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  • My scar is on my left side so that is uncomfortable for me to do. Also I use an electric bed that is in the propped up position when I sleep on my back which makes it an impossible angle. That's why I sleep all night on my back all the time. I would love to sleep on my side but it won't work for me. I'm Over 10 years post opinions. :)

  • That should read post op:)

  • Lol... I guessed that... I know that feeling dude, I too love to sleep on my side.

    Best :-)

  • Haven't done that for a long time Tay. :)

  • Ok. Great idea. How does sleeping on your LHS work. I go to bed .. lay on lhs .. go to sleep. During sleep i natutally change position. How u retain lhs position thru the night. Thanks. G

  • Hi Gary, I have the same problem dude, last night I slept on my left side and I felt good until about 3 o'clock, later on I woke up with severe burning because I was almost completely sleeping sideways, I wish I knew a way to keep at the same sleeping position all night

    Best wishes

    Tay

  • Interesting is this one. I`m 5 1/2 years post op with the scar on my right side. I have for 63 years always slept on my left had side. In the last few months I have noticed if I do wake up at night with reflux if I turn onto my right side it does ease off. I have tried inclinded (reflux) pillows and 3 pillows but always end up sliding down the bed off them so now I mostly sleep with only 2 pillows.

  • Hi Nick, I have the same problem dude, last night I slept on my left side and I felt good until about 3 o'clock, later on I woke up with severe burning because I was almost sleeping sideway lol, I took gaviscone action, it gave me little relief for a short while.

    Best wishes

    Tay

  • I had my OP 11 years ago and always sleep on my left side. If I am able to stay in this position I have no reflux. However that is not always possible because you slip down the pillow or turn over to the right side and that's when the reflux kicks in. My solution is if I have had a meal later than I should or food that I know could cause reflux I always take Gaviscon Advance before I go to sleep Unfortunately the majority of us suffer sleeping problems due the operation that we have had but any advise that curtails the very bad reflux that hit the lungs is welcomed.

    Phil

  • Hi Phil,yes dude almost everything you have said does applies to me. last night I slept on my left side and I felt good until about 3 o'clock, later on I woke up with severe burning because I was almost sleeping sideway lol, I took gaviscone double action, it gave me a little relief for short while.

    Best wishes

    Tay

  • I wedge a pillow behind my back to keep me on my left side. Keeps me from rolling over.

  • Thanks buddy I'll try this

  • I have reflux but my stomach don't empty for hours but I don't eat or drink after 7 pm because drinking makes me worse unless I drink with food but I usually sleep on my left side

  • Im going to try the pillow wedged bhind back to keep me on lhs. I also have upper torso elevated by sleeping on stack of pillows. Issue here is sliding down .. i automatically slide down to level. I address this with a weird solution which doesnt go down too well with other half but works. I put a suitcase strap round my headboard thru the pillows under my arms and join the two ends on my sternum and tighten to hold me securely in place .. seat belt like .. all away from the neck. I was finding sleeping on the pillow stack worked but id still have reflux in early morning bc i naturally moved down to level. The strap .. albeit basic .. stops me sliding down and hence minimal if any reflux. Depending how u configure strap u can also stop yourself turning side2side. Bit basic but what ever the amount, acid burns. Also is there a worse taste than bile reflux. I was also concerned the reflux wld go into my mouth and down into my lungs which can open a batch of other not good issues.

  • Reality check:-

    If you have had an Ivor Lewis Gastro-Eosophagectomy your Lower Eosophageal Sphincter has been removed.

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