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Agmaar
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   Posted 5/15/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Is your mattress old and worn?

Buy a new one - are you torn?

 

Does your mattress have a lump?

Do you lie there like a bump?

 

If you lie on your side,

Does your mattress hurt your hide?

 

So you roll on your back -

but your sleep is not on track.

 

So you toss and turn some more -

Still no good - you are sore.

 

So go to the mattress store

with so many choices galore.

 

So many choices what to do?

The saleman sticks to you like glue.

 

Lie on this one, lie on that -

but your wallet is so flat.

 

I could use some help from people who have done the search for the "Prefect Mattress".  I don't mean to complain about my soreness on a Fibro forum, but people here probably have some good ideas.

 

I've developed some soreness.  My Dr. works primarily with chronic fatigue and fibro patients.  A couple days ago she checked and I had 9/ 18 TPs.  So there's probably some kind of sensitization going on.  She thought a new mattress might help and I might sleep better.

 

So ... we went by a mattress store yesterday and had massive sticker shock.  With finances being tight, it's kind of a big decision.  Have people improved sleep with a new mattress?  Any ideas on what to look for?  The ones with a layer of foam on top did seem very comfortable. 

 

I know everyone is different so just looking for ideas.  Resting on a mattress for 15 min in a store isn't at all the same thing as sleeping on it all night (or all 4 or 5 hrs of it).  I know it probably would help - some times when i wake up the first thing I notice is like my shoulder hurts.  It's just so expensive.  Even if I don't sleep longer, maybe l'd have less soreness?

 

thanks for any help.  Oh geez, this is really corny but I am kinda "sleep deprived in Seattle".


Rich
 
Lyme, anxitey, depression, chronic C. Pnuemoniae
 
"... expect the unexpected ..."  (O. Wilde)
 
"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." (Mark Twain)
 
 


getting by
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   Posted 5/15/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rich,

I didn't know it until recently, but in a lot of matress and furniture stores, you can dicker and often get the price down. There is a huge mark up on items like that. Just thought that I would pass that on to you.


Hugs, Karen
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Sherrine
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   Posted 5/15/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Rich, I have a pillow top mattress but that was too hard but I needed the support it offered because I have a bad back.  So, I tried the Memory Foam and didn't like it at all.  I couldn't roll over in it because I sunk into the foam...just like the commercial!  LOL 
 
Then I went to Walmart and bought a foam egg crate type thing for on top of the pillow top.  It did help some. 
 
Then, a couple of years ago, I was on a trip and the hotel had feather beds on their beds!  It is like a mattress topping filled with feathers.  It was heaven!  I came home and went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and they sold feather beds.  But, they also had fiber beds.  They felt the same as feather beds but could be washed.  I liked that idea and bought one. 
 
So, now I have my pillow top mattress topped with the bed pad topped with the foam egg crate topped with the fiber bed and I am finally comfortable.
 
Did I mention that I have "Princess and the Pea Syndrome"?  turn
 
Sherrine
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Acheybody
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   Posted 5/15/2010 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I also like my mattress with the pillow top. Firm is good, hard was not - had to take the first one I picked back.
  Achey 
 
    Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
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Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.


Nana Monster
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   Posted 5/15/2010 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Again I will state....WATERBED. Man there is nothing like it. Between the warmth and comfort it sure is a lot cheaper than most
of the conventional mattresses. I have the waveless supreme again, which thankfully someone gave me along with the liner,
heater and rails. I feel whole again. I just got it on line about a month ago and already see a difference in sleep. I'm kind of
dreading a trip to New Hampshire and having to sleep in a regular bed as the last couple of times I've had to do this I get
almost NO sleep at all. Just lie awake all night in agony. Even the hot showers don't help much as then there is still lying down
on the cold mattress. I guess having the bed for so many years (since 87) the body gets so used to it. This is my fourth mattress and
it sure is worth it.

Nana Monster

Sherrine
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   Posted 5/16/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad a water bed works for you Nana but I had to get rid of mine.  I would pull my back out trying to get out of it.  I had the kind that looked like a regular mattress with the bladder inside it but I still couldn't get out of the thing. 
 
Sherrine
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Agmaar
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   Posted 5/17/2010 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
My wife checked online and found that there was a big markup on the mattress we liked the best.  But I'm not so sure about ordering one online from a store I don't know.  Seems like most stores will do an exchange within 3 months if it doesn't work out.  Probably couldn't do that if we order online.  Looks like the best bet is to try and talk the store down on the price.
 
We didn't like memory foam at all.  hehe ... and a new mattress would have to work for both of us.  Does a waterbed provide enough back support? 
 
Anyway, I did find a super pillow.  :-)   At least I could get that if we can't afford to get a new mattress for a while.
 
So I have another question.  I'm not sure what touches it off, but maybe I go for a walk and my ankles get sore halfway around.  OK ... so I can see having sore ankles later.  But some times a little while after i get back, the fatigue and malaise will set in and then I have a lot of places that get achy - shoulders, ankles, hips, and when it's the worst a back muscle and the front of my quads.  I expect sore ankles maybe, but the rest?  Is this kind of a mini-flare?  Most of the time I don't have that kind of soreness.
 
My Dr. seemed to think that having some of this stuff show up was a definite set-back.  But what are ya gonna do?  There aren't any options for "delivery refused" or "return to sender".
Rich
 
Lyme, anxitey, depression, chronic C. Pnuemoniae
 
"... expect the unexpected ..."  (O. Wilde)
 
"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." (Mark Twain)
 
 


Sherrine
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   Posted 5/17/2010 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Rich, fibro waxes and wanes.  I can feel good one minute and next thing I know, I'm sore all over.  This might be what is happening.  Also, flares can last a short time or a long time.  There is no set pattern with this illness.  Do keep on walking, though.  The more you do this, perhaps the ankles and back will become use to the movement and won't bother you so much. 
 
My husband and I always had a king size bed.  We kept changing mattresses because I couldn't sleep on them.  He would just start to get comfortable with a mattress and I was ready to change it again.  So we bought a king sized box springs (the extra long one...I think they call it California length) and then he bought a single, extra long mattress and I did too.  We had different mattresses but were still in the same bed.  Single mattresses are less expensive, too.  Maybe this is an idea that would work for you and your wife. 
 
I totally agree about the Memory Foam.  It didn't work for me at all.  But I needed firmness because of my back issues and the egg crate and fiber/feather bed did the trick.  I hope you find what works for you to get a good night's sleep.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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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


crazykitty
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   Posted 5/17/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember the old days and my first aparment. I slept on a mattress on the floor. It was
always so comfortable. Now I can't imagine trying to get off the floor. What in the world
happened since then, 40 years later?

I sleep on a pillow top with the "eggcrate" foam pad and have to have extra pillows. If
I sleep on my back, a pillow goes under my knees. If I sleep on my side, one goes between
my knees and I have to hold one to keep my spine aligned. My hubby thinks there is an
excess of pillows in the bed. Maybe I should sleep in a hammock:)

hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements
 
 

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