Help! My bed is evil!!!

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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/12/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I really hate my bed. If it weren't for my Trazodone, I wouldn't sleep at all. It is even causing my husband a lot of back pain. I wake up stiff and in pain every morning. We have mattress pads and stuff to help make it more cushony (sp?), but it still is too hard for me and my husband. What can we do to make it softer? We don't have any money to buy any more mattress pads. Is there anything we can do about this? I could really use the advice because it is really (literally) causing my husband and I a lot of pain. Thanks for any help you can offer.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 


Statgeek
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   Posted 6/12/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Mattresses are a lot cheaper at Costco. That might be a solution.
Sue

Binki
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   Posted 6/12/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
It really sounds like you need a new mattress.

Sorry I'm not much help.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 6/12/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I bought a foam "egg crate" at Walmart and that wasn't expensive.  I also have a fiberbed, which is like a featherbed, that you lay on top of the mattress.   Actually, I laid it on top of the egg crate.  I bought this at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Now my bed has support but is still cushy.
 
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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 6/12/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
A very long time ago I had a really cheap mattress and it was torture for my back. I was better off sleeping on the floor. Then we got a new mattress. It was heavy and firm and my back loved it. But then when the fibro tenderness started I could no longer sleep on the bed. So I got a 2" thick memory foam mattress pad and I love it. I've had it 3 or 4 years now and it helps me a lot. It is worth a few extra $$ to get a denser foam. I bought mine online at overstock.com. I don't remember how much it was but I do remember it was a good price compared to what I'd seen elsewhere.
Donna


SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/12/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
The problem is that I don't have ANY money at all. Neither my husband nor I have a job right now. My husband is trying, but things are hard in my town. We have an egg crate pad and a gel filled mattress pad both on our bed. We can't afford to get even another egg crate thing, so we certainly can't afford a new mattress. I would love to be able to get a new one, but we just can't right now. cry   It's hard to make things better for a bed when you have no money to buy anything for it. And I can't ask my grandma to get us something, because she is the one who bought both of the things that we have on it right now, and she just doesn't have the money to spend either.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 


MrsCavbar
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   Posted 6/12/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
During the summer, I put comforters and blankets we don't need under our foam pad, one because I don't have enough storage and two it helps add more cushion and some days, I steal every unused pillow through out the house and put them under my pressure points on the bed, hips, shoulders and knees.

When I was looking for work, I went to the local SRS office, not sure what it's called there, but it's the office in charge of food stamps and things of that nature, they also offer employment services, and if they don't have them, then they would know where to go. I know how it sucks to be broke, my monthly meds are $150, but I have to get one refill a week :( This wk I got my Celexa, next week will be Despiramine and the wk after my Flexeril.

Best of luck hun and *hugs*
Lola

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Littleneck
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   Posted 6/12/2009 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Often people are just looking for good homes for their stuff and will give it away. I love using freecycle.com . You can post free wanted ads and check out ads for things people are getting rid of for free. It's a great pay-it-forward online community, for when you need stuff that is free, or want to get rid of good things people can use.

I just bought a new mattress and boxspring, just a plain old bed, and jazzed it up with a memory foam topper. Also, I use soft flannel sheets year-round, and am especially appreciating them during my first real fibromyalgia summer.

Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 6/13/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a friend that removed springs out of her mattress, and it worked?!? I will ask her how she did this, but I know she did it in a way where it didnt wreck the matress, but maybe you can only do this with certain matresses.

Anyways, when I was pregnant with my kids, I stole a futon matress from my brother's old futon in my dad's basement, and I put it over my matress and it worked great. But after several years of my back getting worse, my dad gave me his king size pillow top bed w/matress, so it's no longer a problem for me, but I did suffer before for many years. But as someone posted, their's web places (freecycle)where you can get things for free, my neighbor had to move away from her husband unexpected and her and her kids had nothing, and she got a whole house set for free and clothes and toys, they're used stuff most of the time, but they're always in very good shape and sometimes never used, and very expensive things sometimes too.

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patheral
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   Posted 6/13/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I second putting an ad on freecycle. Someone may have a featherbed (something I recommend highly if your not allergic) or a mattress that's better for you. I got my featherbed for a song from overstock.com - it was less than $60 I think? I don't know how I would sleep without it.

Anyway, if you live in a city that's big, you might find something on freecycle. That's how I unloaded most of my furniture when I moved from VA to NC a few years back.
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/13/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone for your wonderful advice and support in this matter. I know that you all understand how hard it can be to feel good when you have a bed that feels terrible. So, thank you all. I love you all so much.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 


Mrsppmrxky
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   Posted 6/13/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   
We are in the same shape here! MrP and I have a horrid mattress set now. It is about 14 yrs old and has been moved 4 times.

Since MrP and I have to spend so much time in the bed, it has developed trenches in it on both of our sides of the bed. We have flipped it, padded it and topped it, but you can still feel the trenches.

We hope to get a new set when we finally get our back pay that the SSDI owes us. We are thinking about the memory foam mattress since so much of our time in the bed and putting pillows around our tender points. (Sometimes people just do not believe it when we tell them we both have fibro, but it is horrible to have to sleep with so many pillows around both of us. We have both agreed that when we finally replace it, we have to upgrade from a queen to a king to make room for all of the extra pillows.)

I have also been checking craigslist in our area. There have been several sets listed in the free section, but so far, I have not been the first to find them.

SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 6/14/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, good luck. It's amazing that you and your hubby both have fibro. Wow. At least you both have someone who really understand what you are going through. That must be nice. My hubby has a lot of back problems, so he understands the concept of chronic pain. We are going to try to find a way to get an MRI done on his back. I think it could solve the mystery of why his back has been getting so bad.
'Cause when push comes to shove
you taste what you're made of.
You might bend til you break
'cause it's all you can take.
On your knees you look up
decide you've had enough.
You get mad.
You get strong.
Wipe your hands
shake it off.
Then you stand.
 
-"Stand" by Rascal Flatts
 
 

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