Sick of the up half the night thing!

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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Well boys and girls once again its 4:45am and I have been up since 3am. Ugggg do I ever sleep??? Woke up in horrible pain. Left leg was shooting pain down the outside, hips are aching and burning and back is cramped so bad that there is no way I can sleep! I swear it is time for a new bed to go along with the new move! As I have heard from all the temperpedics are pretty good, but what I am wondering is if they do wear out? Had one of those temperpedic pillows, but it too wore out from my head so wouldn't the mattress do the same thing? Hubby has been talking about maybe one of those craftmatic beds, what do you guys think?

I tried out one of the temperpedics while back and thought them to be too hard as far as laying on one and wondered how is this suppose to be comfortable. My hips hurt bad at night from laying on them and I know its probably from the pressure points with the mattress. My mattress is suppose to be one of those orthopedic ones that is suppose to keep the pressure points down, but I don't think it to be true.

Thought about one of those Select Comfort beds with the air chambers and wonder if this too could help. Or maybe I will go with a craftmatic bed so that I can adjust the bed into a position that is comfortable. I know I need a softer feel to the mattress cause for some reason my body likes softer mattress's and I know this would help as far as getting comfortable.

But then again..................I really do not know. I am kinda thinking that even with a softer mattress I still could not get comfortable and that I will still toss and turn all night from the pain. Having DDD has made it pert near impossible to adjust to any bed no matter where we are. The bed we sleep in at my MIL house is quite softer then that of mine and still I ache and hurt by morning.

I have tried out the Select Comfort beds in Billings one time, after my surgery (first one) and I really liked it a lot because hubby could adjust his side to hard and I could adjust my side to soft and when we both got on it I did not feel like I was laying on a board with him in it. Problem is....hubby is a bit over weight and when he gets into bed I feel like I am laying on a board.

Hubby has since taken the cushions off of one of the couches and placed them on my side of the bed, this still makes my hips and back hurt badly and the cushions slide every which way so that it is impossible to actually get any sleep.

I don't know....any advice???


Until my next post....here is wishing you all pleasant dreams and little pain. (even though my back is now telling me its angry at me!)

Loves

Scarred
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


ryand
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred:

I sent you an email with a website where I got a mattress topper. I wasn't sure I could post the site here. I can totally relate to the up all night thing. It just stinks. Your hubby sounds like a keeper - give him a pat on the back for me!

Ry

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   Posted 7/28/2008 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
My MIL has a dual air chamber bed. Not quite sure where she got it. But she has had that for several years. You can adjust each side to how hard you want it and it doesn't cause the other side to get hard or soft if someone gets in. She has sciata troubles and she loves her bed.

I have a temperpedic mattress topper that I got at Overstock.com for half the price then if bought at the store. It's a 2 1/2" topper and they have thicker ones too. I think for my king size bed it cost around $70.
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tom inpain
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   Posted 7/28/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scary: Thought I would give You my input on Craftmatic or adjustable beds. First problem is getting sheets to fit. they are extremely heavy to move around to make the bed and lastly so uncomfortable You will reget it forever plus the cost. I purchased a Serta adjustable bed based on internet and consumer reports. We gave the bed away after two months of use.
Your sleepy /tired cranky friend. tom


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PAlady
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   Posted 7/28/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
I have a tempurpedic and I love it. It was the best purchase I made (and good thing I made it when I had a little savings cuz I couldn't afford it now!). I'm not sure I understand that you said when you slept on one you felt pressure points, because that's what it's designed not to do.

There are several (I think at least 3) varieties of tempurpedic. I got the least expensive and it doesn't have the real soft top and I wanted it that way. But even mine softens from your body temperature. I spent an entire afternoon at the store where all of them were set up lying on different ones for long periods of time. I suggest you and hubby do that. And the pillows are horrible! No wonder they give them away free with the mattress! I used one for one night and put it back in the box, as I need a good cervical pillow. So don't judge the mattress by the pillow.

There was a thread awhile ago (you could try searching) with others who had tempurpedics.. I'm not trying to sell them by any means, just giving you my experience. And I'd suggest if you did get one don't do it via mail but through a nearby store that can set it up for you AND take it back if need be. They do give you a 3 or 4 month trial and you can send it back for just a small fee if it doesn't work out. That's my best suggestion. And I think the king size models of a lot of beds have two chambers, so hubby would sort of have his own bed.

I only wish it worked like the commercials say - and you wake up the next morning with no more pain - not true, but it sure helps me.

PaLady

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 7/28/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok will try to experience them for myself. I have a dealer close by (well as close as I can get LOL in Cody which is 45 minutes away) and I can try theirs out. Or I will wait until we have decided IF and when we are moving and try to find a dealer in KS.

What do you mean by chambers?
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


PAlady
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   Posted 7/28/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Two different sections. Pretty much like having two mattresses, so hubby's weight doesn't affect you at all and vice versa. I think that's true on king models, not sure about the queen or smaller sizes.

My cousin also has the "high end" tempurpedic which can be raised and lowered - like the craftmatics - but it requires a special frame and, of course, costs a lot more! Wasn't in my budget, that's for sure!

PaLady

straydog
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   Posted 7/28/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I too am considering buying a foam mattress topper at Overstock.com. I was looking at them the other night and liked what I saw & read. I have not slept in my bed very much in probably the last 3 months. My problem is getting out of bed in the mornings. I have so much stiffness and pain from laying there in one spot. I am a side sleeper and laying on my side kills my hips. Some mornings the pain is so great I almost want to cry, nothing wants to work including my legs & feet. I generally end up sitting at my computer and nodding off, at least I can get out of this chair for now., lol Susie


ryand
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   Posted 7/28/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I was thinking there was some hotel chain that was advertising that they used only Tempurpedic mattresses on their beds? Have any of you heard of that? I remember seeing that once and thinking that might be a good way to "test-drive" that kind of a mattress. Maybe save up a few bucks and spend a night or two at a hotel and see what the bed felt like - then you wouldn't have the hassle of returning it if you didn't like it. Maybe I'm just imagining it.... I'll do some searching.

Ry

PAlady
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   Posted 7/28/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I know there's a chain (of course, I can't remember it!) that offers some rooms with Select Comfort. I'd try doing some online searching. I'll bet someplace does.

Know any friends who have one? ( I mean besides me! tongue )

PaLady

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 7/28/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Oooo there is an idea....I will check it out
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.


ladyred
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   Posted 7/30/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
My mom has the tempturpedic and I love it
 
I stayed with her for a week after my accident and she has one in her quest bedroom wow it was great but totaly agree about the pillow it so sucks...would rather use the cheepest walmart pilliow than that thing lol...
 
When i get some money up i will be looking into getting one myslef  or will check on the topper great idea never thought bout that one... i am now sleeping on a day bed that i have put in my living room becuase goin up and down stairs is a killer for me
 
I am the same cant sleep or either one of my sides as it send shooting pains through my lower back and cant sleep at night
 
have told doc on several occ that the percecet isnt working and i cant sleep and am up half the night in pain i grrrr so frustrating to say the least makes CP even worse when you dont get any sleep

Tirzah
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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a TempurPedic for 5 years now & it's not "wearing out". You can't flip them like a normal mattress, but you are supposed to rotate them regularly (something like 2x/year). I have a Queen & it seems really, really heavy to me, but if you don't rotate it, it gets what I call "sink holes" in the shape of the person sleeping on that side. The do come with a 10 year warranty, so if it does wear out, they'll repair or replace it for free.
I have also had the Tempur pillows. Those do not last as long. I think mine came with a 1 year warranty. The curvy ones generally have lasted me a couple of years. The flat ones haven't even lasted that long.
I noticed a big difference between the toppers & the Tempur bed, but the toppers are definitely way better than nothing and way cheaper than the Tempur bed, which actually cost more than my little used car.

While the mattress does help some, I'm still in a whole world of pain when I am laying down. I still struggle in pain to get up in the morning. If anyone can come up with a magic bed that prevents & eliminates pain in people with chronic pain conditions, I'll be waiting in line 3 days before its release -- probably screaming in pain the whole time, but hey, maybe I'll scare off some of my competitors. jk

Seriously, though, if anyone has found a bed that is more comfortable on aching joints than the TempurPedic, please let me know because I would give anything not to have to take sleeping pills ever again. :)

CPnewbie
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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Scarred ~ hope you sleep tonight !
Ladyred and Frances, fyi , I have the worst bed ever but am getting a jameson bed , it's the kind they have at the Marriot and it's the only bed I can sleep on , we stayed at a few hotels and tried their beds and that one was so wonderful ! Also bought a body pillow called a cushie, it's so soft and when I sleep on my side it fits under my hip and holds my abdomen , chest and shoulders up enough that my back doesn't keep me awake (all night anyway) and it slide in between my knees just right so I am more comfortable. No quick fix though I still take the Tramadol and Lunesta to sleep ! Best of luck ladies !!

ryand
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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, CP, & welcome to the forum! I've seen you around and wanted to say that we're sorry for your pain but glad to have you join us.

Now that you mention this, I got to thinking that I have stayed at Marriott hotels before and found their beds to be quite comfortable - which for me is nothing short of a miracle! I went googling after I read your post, and found the jameson website, but they list three different kinds of beds - one of them is visco foam like the tempurpedic and then two others. Do you know what kind is at the Marriotts?

Thanks! Good call on the pillow too. I don't use a big one, but I have about 5-6 feather pillows that I sleep with and arrange around me to support my back and between my knees and under my head and then tucked in my abdomen too. I move them around depending on the pain at the moment, but couldn't sleep without them! (Well..okay...so a lot of times I can't sleep WITH them either - hence the post in the middle of the night! LOL! redface but they help make it possible to get the sleep I DO get on occasion!)

smurf

Ry

CPnewbie
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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Ryand ~ I actually am buying the bed off the Marriott site ~ They have the beds listed on a tab that says Marriott beds ~ I know just what you mean about sleeping on anything and we had to get rid of our couches just so I could buy some that were big and I could curl into ! We are replacing everything just so I can sit for more than 20 minutes and so i can sleep ! My husband is sweet though he is trying to help ! Take a look at the beds and let me know what you think ! And thanks for the welcome , this has been the best ever finding you all !!! :-)

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ladyred
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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
THANK god for pillows that you can arrange lol im still not able to sleep sitting here playing salitaire lol game for the loners heheheheh

CPnewbie
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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Ryand ~ the bed we are buying is the $1400 Cal King

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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 7/31/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I have now decided that a Select Comfort bed is now in my future! Hubby took me up to Billings two weeks ago and I tried one out, they are very nice beds and I feel quite comfortable on one. Hubby said he had to move a queen size Temperpedic and that it was quite heavy and he does not want one.
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain

Medications:

Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.

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