questions of comfort

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 6/14/2010 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, everyone! I'm back. I wandered away from the forum for a while... it seemed like I was dwelling more on my pain and what was wrong instead of the things that are right.

Quick update- the PM doc and I agree that I'm just not ready to have the SCS put in. My last ESI went pretty well- I just have to get used to not getting 80% relief from them.

I do have a couple of questions for those of you who have been going through this for a while, if y'all don't mind:
1) Have any of you tried or are practicing yoga? I realize I'm going to look like a moron (and a not-very limber moron, at that) if I start, but it seems like keeping muscles loose might be a good thing.

2) Is there a particular type of mattress that is substantially better than the other ones? Tempur-pedic? Select-Comfort? Something else I haven't seen yet? I would really like to get a full night's sleep sometime this decade. I almost slept through the night once a couple of months ago. It was wonderful. Most nights, I wake up once or twice an hour to roll over or reposition myself or something. Gah!

Hope everyone has a pain-free week!
DDD (4 levels- L2-3 thru L5-S1)

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   Posted 6/14/2010 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beth, I am pretty new to the forum (but not new to CP) so I don't think we have to meet you! I am sorry for the reasons you were away for a while! Before I came here I spent a lot of time dwelling in my pain! At times I feel like my pain totally consumes me! As far as yoga goes, I have not tried it since my pain started but I used to do it quite a bit. Funny, you should mention it though, I was just talking to my sister about it, because I think it would help. I know when I used to do yoga, it was wonderful! If I woke up stiff and sore from doing something the day before, it was a wonderful way to stretch everything out and loosen up. If you are worried about, like you said, "looking like a moron", get some DVD's. There are some really good beginner DVD's out there. That is how I did it before and plan on starting again! It is certainly worth a try and I don't think it can hurt!

As far as mattresses go, I do not have personal information because I can not afford either one, but I used to work at home for a call center. We answered for several clients and, it was kind of weird, but we answered for both, Tempur-pedic and Select Comfort. We would send out the free info on the beds. When you see the commercials with the 1-800 numbers to call for info...that was us! I can only tell you what I heard from customers. Most customers that owned either of these beds were very happy with them. They would call to get the info sent to friends or family, or because they wanted to buy another one. As far as complaints when they seems like more Tempur-pedic owners called wanting info on the Select Comfort bed because they were unhappy then the other way around. The most heard complaint on Tempur-pedic was it was hot or hard. It is your body heat that makes it conform to your body, so it holds the heat. For people that get cold when they sleep it stayed kind of hard. But, like I said, the ones that were happy with it....were VERY happy! With the select comfort, you are completely in control of the firmness. The one thing that some people had a problem with is never finding the firmness they liked!

Sorry if this was not very helpful....I can relate to needing a good nights sleep! I can not remember my last one! Again, nice to meet you....and take care of you!


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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/14/2010 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I started a thread about mattresses some time ago. I know that my friends love the sleep number bed. I hate my bed right now.

I think it was PAlady who gave me advice as to how long to test a mattress out for...not sure though. I was going to look up the thread when I go shopping for one this summer, but I don't know how to look up threads!

When I was healthy, I did a lot of yoga. I went to classes and everything! Well, I tried it again about a year ago. I went to a "beginners" class. I basically ended up sitting there doing the breathing the whole time because I couldn't do anything else because it was too hard! I was very sore from the stuff that I was able to do which was minimal. My PT says that Yoga is great, but can you ask your doctor if it's a good idea for you to do yoga? I wish I would've asked first!

On the other hand, you could just try it and see if you can handle it. I couldn't, but I know that there are people with chronic pain that can!

p.s. I'm happy that you wandered back:)



Retired Mom
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   Posted 6/14/2010 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beth,

I've been on sort of a board vacation too.....I'm glad to have you back.

I have no exercise information and no bed information (because I don't sleep much and I don't exercise much), but I did want to say hello!
Retired Mom

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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 132
   Posted 6/14/2010 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Beckey, Flower, and RM, thanks for the responses!

I went to Half Price Books and picked up one yoga dvd and some cards that explain the different movements. I also found a couple of really good "before you get out of bed" and "right before you go to bed" short videos on YouTube. I think I'm going to start with the YouTube videos (they seem VERY basic not straining at all). Then I think I'll practice the concepts using the cards, and then work up to the video. My doctor basically said, "do what doesn't hurt." Yeah... that helped.

Flower, I'm going to look up the old thread and see what people said. Beckey... so... lots of happy customers, but fewer complaints from the Select Comfort... interesting... I'll keep that in mind! Thanks!

RetiredMom, hi! I'll try not to be such a stranger.
DDD (4 levels- L2-3 thru L5-S1)

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