Mattresses & Back Pain

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  1. Vladimir

    Vladimir New Member

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    I have had on and off back pain since working in the warehouse. I figured with my savings one of the few things I was not going to skimp on would be the mattress. Now I am thinking maybe I should even see a chiropractor before making any selections as, well I have wanted to anyway for a while and insurance will cover it so why not.

    However, any recommendations? A buddy I used to work with has worse back problems and has some fancy water bed (one of those with actually very little water inside, mostly foam supports), some swear by the foam mattresses (which by the way can be had at Costco and get a good price and great return policy- a 10" thick full size can be had for under $500 there).

    I am sure part of my back pain is due to my size, and working a desk job doesn't help either. But while I work on the weight I still want a good mattress :D.
  2. mogunner

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    I had one of the memory foam ones and while it was comfortable most of the time, it holds body heat terribly which was too much of a drawback for me. I ended up with a good pillowtop mattress, and replace it about every five years. I have a bad lower back, the wife has a bad lower as well as her neck and shoulder spinal area and we both do pretty well with it, of course there are always "those" nights when I don't think we could get comfortable in any bed. We can't afford to try one of the Sleep Number beds, if it didn't work out that would be too much money down the tube.
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    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

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    I hate to hear anyone that's having back problems.
    Ive been seeing a chiropractor on and off for years now and one thing he told
    me as far as a mattress, was to get a Firm mattresss. I did, went out and got a
    nice one. It didnt seem to help and thought I'd just give it time.
    After about a week and no sleep and more back pain...it went!

    I'm back to a good soft mattress and good sleep, still live with the pain and without
    the chiropractor as of late. Just been living with it.
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    Can you get hold of a TENS machine? They sell them in the drug stores over here. It's electronic acupuncture, and helps some people. I've used it on my back and it seemed to bring some relief. Acupuncture can also help.
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    I've read that some people swear by hammocks for bad back, says it eliminates "pressure points". Could be, but I don't think the wife would go for it.
  6. Vladimir

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    Yea our hammock is great but I think I toss and turn too much for that to be viable hehe
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    I used to have a lot of back pain, used to wake up every morning with all kinds of aches and pain. Then we bought a queen size Tempur-Pedic Mattress and I haven't had any pain since.
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    I have had a bad back since I was 15 years old (that is more decades ago than I like to count). Threee years ago me and the wife bought a Tempur-pedic bed with a reclining base. It was very expensive $4500, but the best investment I ever made into my back.
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    Sleep Number.
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    I have heard the tempurpedics are great, but never tried one.

    The sleep number beds, while an interesting concept, didnt do that much for me. I didnt think they were that comfortable and didnt quite have the effect I was expecting.

    I ought to look into something, cause I have had a bad back for years and it aint looking good for the future.
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    I will swear by the "memory foam" matress. It's the only way I can get a nights sleep. And if you can sleep, you can deal with the pain a bit better.
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    Airdale hit it! The Sleep Number bed is the way to go! I sleep on one, and I love it. If you like it hard, then make it hard. If you like it soft, then make it soft. http://www.sleepnumber.com/ A foam mattress will retain body heat, and they will get very warm! I can't sleep under an electric blanket, nor can I stand the Foam type mattress, just too hot for me. The Sleep Number bed will give your body the support it needs. All you have to do is find your number! I like mine at 80. The wife likes her side at 40.
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    Dang, I just gave a way a queen size Posturepedic memory foam mattress with fully adjustable electric frame. We got the split king Sealy upgraded memory foam model, and it doesn't "sleep hot", is very comfortable, and the full electric adjustments are convenient. Not to sure about the goofy 'massage' setting, but whatever.
    It DOES cost, over $5500 delivered and set up, but I figure this is a very long term investment.
  14. Bobitis

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    Vlad, NEVER trust a chiropracter.

    If ya ever go to one, ask for copies of all yer x-rays. They'll say no, but it's YOUR property.Fight them.

    Been there, done that, and still have the copies.:D

    In my case, the offending Dr. (if ya can call them that), called me and told me if I hadn't made copies, he'd have taken me to court for every penny I was worth. :rant:

    Hey Doc.... :na-na::AR15firing:

    When us kids were young, Mom got rear ended, and the quack had her bring all of us in for 'adjustments'.

    Quackters have no governing body (ie: the AMA). They have their own little club that oversees themselves. Sound familiar?
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    Bobitis, I don't always agree with you, but in this case I agree 100%, the worst thing I ever did for my back was go to a chiropractor.
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    Vlad from my experience I never trusted a Chiropractor (the old adage Chiropractors call themselves doctor, but you never hear a doctor call himself chiropractor - holds true!) until I was in such pain I was laying on the stairs trying to find some position I could sleep in. The Chiro helped the pain - I told him I had numbness down my left leg and into my foot. He said not to worry let him keep working with me. On the last visit that my insurance would pay he told me that he was concerned about the numbness and that I should see a neurologist.

    The Neuro asked how long the numbness had been going on - when I told him six weeks - he said the Chiro kept me coming to use up my insurance before referring me to a specialist that the Chiro knew I needed. Unfortunately, permanent nerve damage occurs in about 6 weeks - so the Neuro sent me straight to a surgeon because time was ticking against me.

    Long story short - I have permanent nerve damage in my left leg and walk with a limp because the greedy Chiro waited too long to refer me when he knew my condition was beyond what he could treat. I talked to an attorney and was told we could never prove it in court.

    I even had another Chiro confirm the scenario and told me it is common practice in their trade.

    So beware! If they are helping your pain - fine. But if you have constant numbness, stop immediately and go to a neurologist because you only have a short time for them to work with you before the knife is your only recourse.

    Now as far as the mattress, I have slept on several since my back trouble and like a firm mattress with a pillow top to give a little softness with support. Stick with Sealey, Beautyrest, or one of the name brands. I have thought about trying the closed cell foam - that is the pillow I use and like - but just can't get past the high cost.

    Good luck!
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    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Do yourself a favor and purchase this book

    After 10 years of agony, Chiropracters, family doc and Orthopods...this simple little book fixed me.
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    in my humble opinion, and in my experience, here's what I think.
    This year I came down with a touch of congestive heart failure. Which means I can lay flat on a bed or I feel like I'm drowning. So I bought a recliner. Before I knew it I had terrible lower back pain. Never connected the two. (duh). Went to the chiro who is excellant. Would pop the back and for a day or two I was great. Then right back to crippling lower back pain. My brains cells started to work slowly, which is the way I am now, and I thought, perhaps if I put the foam pad from my "tree lounge" deer climbing stand on the recliner, perhaps it would help my back. So I tried it. within days my lower back stopped hurting. In fact I use the pad every night and my lower back pains have gone away. The chiro is a great person, but never thought it or recommended any changes. I'm not sure telling you this will help you, but it is what helped me.
    Another thing that helps is to spray "bio-freeze" on my back. The chiro sells it and it does help. It's a lotion type stuff that goes on cool, but heats up and seems to relax the muscles.
    I can't take flexiril as it messes up my bladder. Pain pills mask the pain, but don't seem to fix anything.
    VO is comforting. :)
    What would really help is I were to get off my fat butt and walk everyday, do a few exercises, and loose some weight.
    But that seems excesive. :D:confused:
  19. Vladimir

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    Thanks guys.

    I never understood the sleep number bed, once you find your number how is it any different from a regular mattress?

    PS Anyone with memory foam able to advise on 10inch vs 13inch thick? Do I need thicker being heavier, or is it just premium quality vs lower quality basically?
  20. Python

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    I ruptured a disk in my back and the sciatic nerve was being pinched, pain was horrible. Couldn't walk or stand for days, too much pain. M.D.'s did absolutely nothing to help, just gave worthless injections. I was living alone back then, had living quarters in rear of my business. Out of desperation I crawled on my hands and knees to a chiropractors office a few doors down from my shop, pain so excruciating I almost passed out before I got there. Doctor was specialist in sport injuries. After one treatment I was able to walk back to my shop with only little pain. Took 18 weeks of everyday treatment for swelling and pain to subside and completely heal. I thank God for that chiropractor, been 22 years pain free.
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