Mattresses & Back Pain

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Vladimir, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Vladimir

    Vladimir New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Issaquah WA
    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

    mogunner Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    Eastern Missouri
    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.

  3. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    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 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.
  4. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    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.
  5. mogunner

    mogunner Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    Eastern Missouri
    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

    Vladimir New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Issaquah WA
    Yea our hammock is great but I think I toss and turn too much for that to be viable hehe
  7. Python

    Python Former Guest

    Apr 9, 2011
    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.
  8. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    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.
  9. Airdale

    Airdale Active Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    N.W. Arkansas
  10. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    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.
  11. flintlock

    flintlock Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Upstate NY
    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.
  12. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    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. 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.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  13. armoredman

    armoredman Active Member

    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

    Bobitis Guest

    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?
  15. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    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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