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Meggie
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   Posted 10/26/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone found a chair (not a wheelchair but a regular chair) that they could comfortable sit in.  I have been having such a hard time getting comfortable sitting anywhere.  Kitchen chairs are to hard, my couch is to soft (hey, this makes me sound like goldielocks), is there a just right chair.  I'm only 5ft 1, and most reclining chairs push my head forward and then I have stress on my neck, which quickly leads to a headache and the arm rests don't fit me right either which makes my shoulders ache.  Also my feet dangle and that's hard on the legs, I did buy an ottomon?, that has helped a little (at least when my cat is not laying on it).  So what does everyone else do?  I just want to sit down when my legs hurt and not get a headache or sore shoulders, not to mention the butt pain, from it.
 
Meggie

Sherrine
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   Posted 10/26/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Meggie, I have the same problem.  I'm only 5'2" and chairs don't fit me either.  I just keep moving to different chairs.  I don't sit for long periods of time...maybe only 20 minutes to a half an hour.  I get up, walk around, and sit down in a different chair.  This helps keep my muscles stretched and I don't stiffen up so much.
 
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RedDiane
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   Posted 10/26/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
The only chair I can sit in comfortably is an office manager's chair that we got for our computer. I moved it and it is the only chair I can sit in. It came from OfficeMax or OfficeDepot. It has lumbar support, which is the biggest help, I think. Diane
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Meggie
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   Posted 10/26/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I have tried the desk chairs with the back supports and some of them are ok but none of the chairs that I have tried have enough of the right support to let me be able to sit for more than five minutes without pain.  Right now the only place I can sit in is my rocking chair, it has thick cushions on the seat and back but they just don't support me right.  It doesn't take long at all before I start to feel the pain and need to move.  I must find something better at least something I can handle for more than 5 minutes.
 
Meggie

lucysgd
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   Posted 10/26/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm a walking testimonial for LaFuma Chairs --- which are mesh chairs generally designed for outdoor use, I think....BUT - it is so far the only chair that my body/back can sit and rest in comfortably, either sitting up or reclined, or very nearly laid out.  I had a herniated disc pressing on a nerve (added to fibro).  My first intro to the chair was at a friends house.  He also had a disc problem, and his wife ( a doctor) had discovered these chairs.  I bought one immediately (online), have since bought one for hubbie, and if we do any kind of car traveling to visit the kids, etc. mine travels with me (very portable).  The overstuffed, leather and expensive recliner is in the basement, while our "his'nHer's La Fumas are side by side in the family room.  Google "La Fuma" furniture or recliner.  My husbands is the XL because he is so tall - it fits him better.  Inexpensive, no shipping charges - ya gotta try one!

Lucy 


diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds:  occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
 
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair. 
       ~~ Chinese saying as quoted by Helen Nearing


Chartreux
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   Posted 10/27/2008 2:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a lay-z-boy rocker/recline, I put a heat pad on the back and
found a small pillow, (not a neck roll) for neck support and once I
have the heat pad on I can tolerate the chair for around 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hour,
and then I get up and stretch and ready to go, wish I knew what would help you!
Have you tried those rockers out front of Cracker Barrel?
Or what about a glider. Maybe you could try out a glider...
There are lots of options out there...Those mesh chairs, Lucy mentioned sound
very interesting, I might look it up, Thank you Lucy...
Hope this helps......
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Meggie
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   Posted 10/27/2008 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you everyone for your input!  I have just been so uncomfortable and my recent physical therapy has me in a flair so things have been worse than normal.

Lucy, I will definitely be trying the La Fuma Chair.  Thank you!

Meggie


Sherrine
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   Posted 10/27/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Lucy, my daughter has two of the La Fuma recliners but I'm too short!  I have a very hard time getting in and out of them and that causes me more problems.  She's about 5'7" and loves them but I'm 5'2"...big difference!
 
I also have two Cracker Barrel rockers on my deck but I can't sit in them too long either.  I like a straighter-backed chair but these are perfectly straight.
 
Actually, the only place I can sit comfortably for a long time is in my car...a Camry.  Their seats fit me perfectly and have the lumbar support.  When I get in my car, I almost sigh with pleasure at the comfort.  But, I think putting an automobile seat in my family room would be a bit too much!  turn
 
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


lucysgd
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   Posted 10/27/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Well speaking of car seats, I have a big beef with the car makers.  I don't know why they always make the driver's seat the one that can be powered up/down/forward/backward with the lumbar adjuster,etc., while the passenger side has the basic controls.  Sherrine, I have a Subaru outback w/ heated seats (Godsend) on both sides - but the driver's seat is by far the more comfortable one because it can be powered up and down, which effects leg height, etc.  I've been meaning to ask the dealer if it's possible to order a "driver's seat" to replace the  passenger side - or just wire it up to perform the same tricks, but I guess I've been afraid to hear what the price is.  Anyone out there ever done this?  Or own a car that has the goodies on both sides?  The long trips are murder - and we like to visit our kids (12 hours away).

Lucy


diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds:  occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
 
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair. 
       ~~ Chinese saying as quoted by Helen Nearing


Sherrine
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   Posted 10/27/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Lucy, you got me wondering so I went out to my car.  The passenger side has the power buttons to move forward and back, lay the back of the seat back, and also to move the seat (in a sitting position) to lean forward or backwards.  But, the lumbar button is only on the driver's side.  I did sit in the passenger side and it was just as comfortable as my driver's side and supported my back.  It's the padding they have in the seats.  It seems to be positioned correctly. 
 
Sherrine
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


lucysgd
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   Posted 10/27/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow - thanks for the quick response, Sherrine.  I think for me its the ability to move the seat base up or down (rather than just leaning forward or backward).  I don't have really long legs or anything - average heighth - but taking the pressure off my legs by raising the seat up seems to really help my back.  I have heard that the camry seats are very comfortable. 

Lucy


diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds:  occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
 
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair. 
       ~~ Chinese saying as quoted by Helen Nearing

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