Side-Sleepers Need Knee Support

 

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Sometimes when I am in pain with EDS, I need to sleep on my side. In the past this has been very difficult because I toss and turn until I get the blanket correctly positioned between my knees.  This drives me nuts, and I end up moving around in bed to try to get comfortable. Most of the time this is such a process that I end up popping other joints out of place.  Then I’m up and about, trying to get back to sleep.

I came across this Knee Support Pillow that does a great job for me. It is just the right size and firmness to keep my knees separated and it breathes so I don’t have sweaty knees when I wake up in the morning.

So now there is less tossing and turning in bed and less of popping joints, so I get a better night’s rest. It just might work for you?

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      Hi Christine,It does sound as if you have a connective tisuse disorder good research on your part! Pregnancy commonly loosens our joints (I’d curse those hormones that relax the ligaments except that they also allow the baby to squeeze out, so I’ll back off!). I’m afraid that I don’t know of any specialists in Florida. You can check on EDNF.org to see if they have any, but you may need to make a trip. If you don’t have a firm diagnosis, a geneticist is a great place to start. With a diagnosis, a whole new world can be opened to you one with validity for the doctors (and insurance companies!). Please feel free to email me, and I can shoot you the names of a few geneticists I know who truly get it . Trying to find a PT who gets it can be a trick, too. Are you able to get your hips back in place? I’ll tell you what I do and it works like a charm. If you can get a rubber ball, about the size of a volleyball, lay on your back, legs bent, feet flat on the floor. With me? Then you relax your legs so that your knees go outward. Now start to bring them together (keeping your feet flat on the floor), and put the ball between your knees and squeeze. You should feel (and even hear!) the ligament pop back, putting your hip in the right position again. It takes a little practice, but don’t give up!Thanks, Christine I’ll look forward to your email.Dr. Diana

    • Hi Baiba,I feel like such a stupid American! I don’t know where a hoetbd of geneticists in EDS may be in your neck of the woods. I located mine by plain old calling around and asking everyone I knew, and looking at where the latest research was coming from.You can call teaching hospitals and get a feel, and again, you may want to ask some of the folks on EDNF.org.I wish I made it out of the states more often!!Please let us know what you find, or perhaps someone reading this will have some ideas for you.Dr. Diana

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