And regarding the fainting or near fainting when laying down, did you already read the thread- “Do you feel sick when you lie flat on your back, or have you ever felt “paralyzed”?” on this forum?
A soft neck collar brace may be helpful? (I didn’t like it myself, but most people here do.) Instead, I roll a towel and use that at the very top of my cervical spine. I never was able to lay on my sides before, and just couldn’t figure out why- it’s like my shoulders, neck, everything collapses… But now I will not lay down without a rolled towel to support my upper neck. That suggestion (found somewhere here on pretty ill) changed my ability to lay down. I had to figure out exactly where to place the towel for support, but it helps on my side, my back when elevated to watch TV. etc.
Thanks for your thoughts and info about your sodium bicarb @MattiesMom. My wife definitely has used the towel trick and soft collar before. They used to be super helpful, and they’re still part of my her routine, but sadly they’re just not enough anymore. 🙁 I do believe we’ve read that thread, but I’ll go back and make sure – thanks for pointing that out.