Does anyone have a waterbed

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TressiaN
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   Posted 4/17/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was thinking about getting a waterbed because of the heated mattress and help with pressure spots while sleeping. I thought it might help with fibro. If you have one let me know about your experience as far as how well you sleep. Thanks
 
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 Diagnosed with -FM, Degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis, Lupus., undifferentiated connective tissue disease. 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/17/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Tressia,
Actually, my experience with a waterbed was not so great.  I thought it would be, because I'd loved them before I got Fibro (at least, full-blown Fibro.)  By the time we got ours, I was already having plenty of back problems.  I hoped the waterbed would help, but the pain just got worse and worse.  So, I don't really know how much was due to the waterbed and how much would have happened anyway. 
 
But when we got a regular mattress about 15 years ago, it felt a whole lot better.  Of course, I picked the mattress (my husband can sleep on anything,) slept on it a couple of nights, and had to ask them to exchange it for a different one! blush (The Princess and the Pea syndrome.)
 
Who knows, a waterbed mattress might be just what you need.  Nothing's cut and dried with this crazy disorder.  Hope you find what helps. 
Debbie
 
  Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes (why?), keloid scar tissue (from burn) on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, IBS, migraine
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Texas Ivy
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   Posted 4/19/2010 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I love my waterbed, but it's the kind with baffles, that foamy stuff inside that lends support, not the old bladder kind. Also, I lowered the bed last time we moved, from two stacks of drawers to one (a standard platform without drawers height). I still kind of fall out of bed, oh well.

The bladder kind about killed me, and was hard to get out of. Also, you don't want to keep it too warm if you tend to have hot flashes and night sweats, or are heat sensitive. Get a good mattress pad (I have the fake lambskin kind) to keep the chill of the mattress off of you. I keep our bed at 80-82 degrees, and it works for both of us menopausal womyn, one with FM.
Another good idea - no pets in bed. Ever. If you get stuck in one position for too long, it makes more pain. They all sleep in the room, so I don't feel so guilty. LOL

Nana Monster
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   Posted 4/19/2010 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I LOVE my waterbed. I bought in in 1987 and have just gotten a new mattress, liner and heater. Mine were getting real old.
I find that the heat is good for the fibro and arthritis. When I first got it I found it much easier to walk when I got out of
bed in the morning. I keep my heat on about 95 in the winter and 90 in the summer. For me I have to keep it that warm or
my body goes thermal and causes a lot of pain. I have the waveless supreme which is next to the top of the line. I know
Oak Express in Syracuse, NY has them...in fact they still carry the one that I have!!! yeah

Nana Monster

Sherrine
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   Posted 4/19/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the type of waterbed that looked like a regular mattress and had support inside. For me, it kept pulling my back muscles trying to get out of it.  I do far better on a regular mattress.
 
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TressiaN
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   Posted 4/20/2010 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses, Im not doing so good on a regular mattress so i thought i would try the waterbed, and if it doesnt work i can go back to the regular mattress. I think i will try it

Tressia
 Diagnosed with -FM, Degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis, Lupus., undifferentiated connective tissue disease. 
Medications- Plaquanil, 800 Ibuprofen, Lortab, Cymbalta 


Alcie
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   Posted 4/21/2010 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I hated my waterbed, got rid of it. It was always too hot or too cold. It strained my back. They always sag in the middle. I'm much happier with just a new really thick, soft, expensive mattress.
Alcie
 
 


steppingstone
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   Posted 4/22/2010 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
We had one years ago, for about 11/2 years after my husband and I were married. It had been my husband's prior to our getting married. We really had no problems with the temperature staying constant, as long as it didn't accidentally get unplugged. However, I was beginning to have back problems at that time, and it just wasn't firm enough for my needs. It was very hard for me to get up out of it, so I literally had to roll out. He had also had a cat prior to our getting married, and it had made a few small scratches in the mattress. Although it had been patched, the patches didn't seem to hold for very long (what a mess!). We finally got rid of it when we bought a new house with an upstairs bedroom.

Nana Monster
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   Posted 4/22/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
The newer ones with the fill inside are so much better than the original one I bought in 87. There is a lot more support for the body
and even when my man gets in bed (he weighs 300 lbs) I'm not catapaulted into space. With the air mattress it was always kind of
iffy. When he got in it raised my body up at least 4" and I was always worried about falling out on the floor. They also make a cover
that's like a mattress that goes over the top of the waterbed mattress.

Unique1
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   Posted 4/22/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
What about a Tempur-Pedic mattress? Or some of those other mattresses that are advertised? Sleep Number? Right now I have a regular mattress and think I will be shopping for another one soon. I like the idea of having the controls to adjust your own side for your own comfort. Has anyone tried any of the other type mattresses?
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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/22/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
The only time I slept on a Sleep Number mattress was at a motel, and I didn't like it. Not sure why, but I just don't like anything with memory foam.
  Achey 
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/24/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Loved our water bed but when it finally died we had like NO money. All we had was the old king sized bed from our inlaws. I bought a 6 inch thick piece of firm foam cut to fit and covered that with a 2 inch memory foam topper and put this on top of the old mattress set. This has been heavenly for me, almost the equivalent of one of those Tempurpedic mattresses and only cost about $150 all together. It is tall enough so that when I roll and sit up I'm able to simply stand and don't have to get up out of the bed.

Went looking at new beds and saw that the prices are still a joke. Gonna have to check Craig's List because the base king set is wearing out.
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