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   Posted 8/28/2010 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Like everyone else I have trouble sleeping because of the soreness and pain it causes. I love sleeping on the blow up matresses when my grandaughters come. No pressure points. The air beds are too expensive. Im going to try one of the toppers. Does anyone have any suggestions. Has anyone tried to get their insurance to pay for a new bed? yeah Just wanted suggestions before I spent any money. Normal

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   Posted 8/28/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Normal, I get sre from lying in bed too; I toss and turn all night trying to find a comfy spot then wake up a couple of hours later sore again. I have a double pillow top mattress and I hate it. Like you I love the blow up air mattress but my hubby won't go for just sleeping on that ( my little yorkie would probably punture it with her nails tool. Very interested in what others have to say about it.
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   Posted 8/28/2010 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I get very sore lying in bed.  I have a pillow top mattress with a foam "egg crate" on top of that and then a fiber bed on top of the egg crate!  A fiber bed is like a feather bed topper but it is washable.  I got mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
Oh!  I did try the Memory Foam topper and didn't like it at all.  I sunk in it just like the commercial showed and couldn't roll on my side from my back, etc. without pulling my muscles.  I put that topper on the other side of my bed for my dog but she keeps trying to sneak over on my fiber bed topper!   tongue  
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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Good topic!

I hate my bed with a passion. I dream of a new mattress. However, I can tell you a few things that don't work so well.

(1) I bought a synthetic feather bed. I thought it would be like my synthetic down pillows. Wrong. The pillows are great. The "featherbed" clumps up after you own it for some length of time. I have to shake it and fluff it often, and it is still lumpy. So I bought an egg crate foam topper ...

(2) Egg crate foam topper is almost not noticeable once you put your weight on it. I'm light weight - but that thing is not terribly useful. It only marginally helps. Mine is only like 2" thick - definitely not thick enough.

What am I interested in? I really want to go test a memory foam mattress. Just for testing, I'll probably go lay down on a tempurpedic in a showroom, however, they're too expensive for me to ever dream of owning. I did some googling and found some American companies actually make foam mattresses right here and they claim they do not off-gas toxic chemicals like the Chinese mattresses. I've heard even Tempurpedic off-gasses. This week, I discovered that both the Walmart and Sam's Club web sites have American Made foam mattresses for sale - but they do not carry them in their stores. The ones in store are made in China. The american ones are dirt cheap - like $200-$450. I figure even if they don't last many years (it says they should last 5) that might be a fair investment. BUT - I have no first hand knowledge - YET. I read a lot of reviews, and about 80% love these mattresses and say they're comfy and do NOT smell. Then about 10% say they're hard as rocks, or too soft, or that they smell forever. Is it a case of manufacturing inconsistency? Possibly. But just throwing this out there in case it is useful. I REALLY want to try one. I'm sick to death of hurting just sitting up in bed reading. *shakes fist at my mattress* Oh! And make sure that it has at least 3" of the memory foam on the top of the thicker bottom layer of open cell foam. The open cell foam can feel hard as a brick - the memory foam is what you need for comfort. But it is tricky, I have read, to find a memory foam that is supportive and soft enough at the same time.

PS: Also - before buying a mattress that is pillow-topped, go test one in a store. I find that the "buttons" or depressions where they are tufted hurt like crazy for me.

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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
We came into some money last summer and the first thing we bought was a mattress at Mattress Discounters. It was very expensive and we hated it at first BUT I have trouble sleeping on a regular mattress now and we love it. It has a memory pillow top (somehow) with a firm bed under it. I do believe it is a Serta. I think it has a 20 year warranty.

If your bed has divets from sleeping on it like our old one had, all the research I read said a topper would not help eliminate them.

I slept in my grandson's room with my grand daughter last night and the pressure points about killed me. My grandson slept with hubby in my comfy bed.
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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My hubby and I were going to spend alot of money for a sleep number bed, and were so glad we decided to try a memory foam first.  Some people may not know this about memory foam but it's very important that you get one with enough density. My husband read all about it, and made sure he got one with a good density, ours is a 4 inch 5.3 lb density. It doesn't stay sunk down, and it is the most comfortable thing I've ever slept on. Along with fibro I have severe osteoarthritis  in my hips, which was waking me up all thru the night hurting, and I would have to keep changing positions, needless to say I was tossing and turning all night long, plus disturbing my DH.
I really was sceptical about this memory foam mattress topper, but reluctantly agreed to try it. I was amazed when I woke up the next morning, I hadn't woke up one time all night!  So I have to highly reccomend it to anyone who hurts during the night. I would encourage you to talk to the retailer and tell them about your pain at night, and ask them what thickness and density they would recommend for you.
Another added benefit, (we bought it on ebay brand new) is it only cost us $ 260.00. We are both really happy with it.

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   Posted 8/28/2010 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Try I bought one there for my parents' house when I visit. Here at home I use one made by Innomax. Both are great. They're cheaper with free shipping and free return shipping at

I am sure I have fms. I am waiting to get to a dr to get a real dx. Right now dealing with other auto-immune issues. Hi there.
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   Posted 8/28/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I sleep on a ing size, full-wave, heated waterbed with a 3" memory foam mattress.  It is awsome!!!  I hate sleeping anywhere else but at home!

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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I just bought a new mattress about 2 weeks ago. Its a pillowtop with memory foam and it also has a memory foam topper. This is way better than my old spring mattress but I still have some nights where I feel like I'm being poked in bruises all night. I think if I could afford one the best for me would be an all foam mattress but most of them are a little expensive. I received a sample of tempurpedic foam in the mail and it felt like it would be heavenly to sleep on but it was just too pricey for me right now.
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   Posted 8/29/2010 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I bought a 4 inch memery topper from for 200 hundred dollers. I have a rather firm matteress under it and it is a dream to sleep on. I have my room rather cool so I dont have to worry about the foam topper getting too soft. Be sure not to put a topper on a already sagging matteress as you just sleep in a big sink hole. I had no problem with oders but you have to let it sit on your bed all day so it has time to fully exspand.

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   Posted 8/29/2010 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
We have a memory foam mattress, and love it. Not everyone does though. It seems to be a love it or hate it thing. I can't imagine going back to a regular mattress now. The regular mattress, even with a memory foam topper was still killing me with pressure points. To be sure, I still have pain, but no bed can make that better. We got ours from Costco, using their website. about 1/3 the cost of the major brand and I think it is great.
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   Posted 8/29/2010 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had a waveless supreme waterbed since 1987 and love it. I found Oak Express carries the same waterbed that I
have. Other than a stint with an air mattress when my mattress broke (yes, it was a mess) I haven't had anything else.
I find when in the few times I've had to use a motel because of traveling I am unable to sleep and in horrific pain. With
the waterbed it allows the heat to enter your body and make it ache less.

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   Posted 8/29/2010 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for all the replys. I am going to fix my mattress so I dont have to take the muscle relaxers at night. They help the pain but make me so tired. I had to start on thyroid med. and I dont want to take anymore then neccesary. My liver enzymes keep going up so I have to be careful. Been up 2 hours,didnt take any muscle relaxers last night and I am ready for a nap. It seems I am ALWAYS tired. Without the Savella I would be a walking Zombie. Its Sunday so I will take a nap. Take care. Normal

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   Posted 8/29/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Just throwing this out there because it is on top of my wish list. There is a bed out there called the fibropedic bed and it was made by a doctor whose wife has fibro. So it was made with our pains in mind. I dont know how much it costs but if I ever get rich. lol that is the first thing I will buy.
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   Posted 8/29/2010 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I will check the Fibropedic bed out online. If it was made by Dr. for Fibro MAYBE insurance will help. Worth a shot anyway. Seems we all need a different type of bed but cant afford it.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Something they will not tell you about a select comfort bed. I weigh a lot more than my husband. He also likes a firm bed and I like a soft one. So I was a lot lower in the bed than he was and when we wanted to cuddle, he said he felt like he was falling off a shelf coming over to my side of the bed. He had to match my side so we could cuddle comfortably and then he wasn't comfortable with a soft bed. Also, after a few months, my hips hurt so bad I couldn't stand sleeping on it.

Last year we bought a memory foam bed. It's a Comforpedic Mystere. And it's MARVELOUS. I slept on a waterbed from the mid 1980s to 2006 and then on the select comfort from 2006 to 2009. I can't sleep on a regular bed because they are all too firm. Well, this Comforpedic is the most comfortable bed I've ever slept on. It's very expensive but has a 20-year warranty. I figure if I'm going to sleep on it at least 8 hours every night for 20 years, it is worth the cost. I went back a week after we bought it and told them I could do a commercial for them if they wanted me to. And I walked up to a lady I didn't even know and told her about the bed when she was trying out pillowtops. You can probably get this same bed on the internet for a lot less than we paid for it. One thing you may not know: Different stores call mattresses different names. So you can walk into one store and they'll sell a particular bed and then another store won't have one named the same thing - it could be the same bed but you wouldn't know it by just looking at the name.

The salesman showed us that Comforpedics do not get hard like some of the Temperpedics. They had a wedge of both in a freezer and showed us how they changed once they were out of the freezer. It was a really good demonstration. My bed warms up really fast at night, even in the dead of winter with a fan in my room and my vent covered up. And it's not hot in the summer.

I still wake up stiff every morning, but I don't have to deal with the extreme shoulder pain I had every night sleeping on the waterbed or the extreme hip pain I had every night sleeping on the select comfort bed.
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