sleep number bed, has it helped anyones fibro?

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   Posted 6/14/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone, My husband thinks a better mattress, such as a sleep number would help with the nighttime fibro pain.  Has anyone tried one? If so, does it help?
It's been a few weeks since I've been here. Been struggling with pain and fatigue.  And talk about muscle twitching!!  It's usually mainly when I'm resting, but it is so weird!!  I know it can be one of the symptoms of fibro, but it is like a twitching party going on sometimes!! I can have 3 or 4 of them in about 10 seconds. Kinda hope it is the fibro, instead of some other worse condition, if you know what I mean.
I did see my doctor last week, and she said I had a reaction to 80% of the tender points test that she had done on me the week before. Not sure why she said it in a percenage instead of exactly how many?  Maybe she didn't feel like looking at my chart, or forgot to write it down. Go figure, I don'y have a clue.    rolleyes   Anyway, waiting to hear about blood results, which I guess may be only the beginning of the diagnosis process. It will be a relief to know when this has a specific name.  Can anyone relate to that ? hhhhhmmmmmm   cool
Hope you all are hanging in there and having a good day! 
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   Posted 6/14/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I love my sleep number bed, but I have to say I don't think it has helped my fibro. My back pain lessened every time I made the bed softer. Before that I always slept on a very hard bed. We've had it six years. DH was the one who wanted to get it and he doesn't like it as well as I do. But it is OK with him. I don't know how you can try it out, although I think you can get your money back after a 30 day trial. Good luck.
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   Posted 6/14/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a bed out there called fibro pedic and it is made especially for people with fibro by a doctor whose wife has fibro. I would love to give that one a try but Im afraid it would be to expensive. I have also heard of alot of people using a temperpedic pad on top of their regular mattress and they say that it helps. I dont know much about the sleep number bed though but just thought I would add my opinion. lol

I also dont get twitches at night but every once in awhile when I am about to fall asleep my whole body will jump almost like when you are dreaming about falling and it startles you awake but with mine there is no dream before the startle. I hope yout twitches turn out to be nothing though.

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   Posted 6/14/2010 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have a Sleep Number bed, couldn't afford it. I have a pillow top bed, can't remember the make, but a good one. (You know what is sad, I just changed the sheets last night - the name was right there - DUH!) Even w/ this pillow top, it wasn't comfortable enough. My DH and I both had a problem sleeping in this new bed. We tried the egg crate, not comfortable enough. We finally tried a fiber bed top - not the baffle top. I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. So comfortable, but I couldn't climb out of the bed. LOL It just sucked me in there and refused to let go. My DH didn't find it as comfortable as I did. We decided to get the baffle box design of the fiber bed top. My DH loves it, I like it - not as wonderful as the other one.
I also have a problem w/ sheets, I can't use the regular sheets or pillowcases. The only sheets we use yr round are flannel sheets. The other sheets would hurt my ears in particular. I would wake up from the intense pain in my ear. I use softener on all my laundry, otherwise I couldn't bear the feel of any material on my body. And some days that doesn't even help.
I am in Shirley's camp. I don't get twitches, but I do get that startle/jump nonsense. Usually, just as I'm starting to find a comfortable spot and almost asleep.
Hope you get some rest tonight.
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 6/14/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a pillow top mattress with a foam egg crate on top of that and then a baffle box fiber bed on top of that.  This gives me the support I need but also the softness, too.  Fiber beds are like feather beds but you can wash them.  I got mine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
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   Posted 6/14/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
  Thanks everyone for the responses and the tips. We have a pretty comfy pillow top that we bought about 2 years ago. But Jim and I both wake up feeling totally awful. Were both stiff and in pain, but Jim has been like this a long time from degenerative disk disease.  Waking up in pain, whether from a nap or in the A.M. is new to me. I know you all KNOW all to well what I'm talking about. I will check out some of your suggestions.  
Life is funny,  you never know whats gonna happen next I guess.  I am grateful for you all here. And I know many of you have it much worse than I do, yet you get on here and take the time to encourage others. I hope you know what a blessing you are.
Keep it up, and the humor too! Laughter does the heart good, like a medicine.  wish I could remember exactly where that is in the bible,  but of course, surprise, surprise, I can't remember!   Oy Vey!! Sometimes I do good to remember what I walked into the kitchen for !
Blessings and prayers to you all. 
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   Posted 6/18/2010 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Buying a sleep number bed didn't help my FM one bit. We bought one because of all the claims of how comfortable it was. I was having a lot of shoulder pain sleeping on our waterbed. I am a lot heavier than my husband; I like a soft bed and he likes a hard bed. When he would come to cuddle, it seemed like he was falling off a shelf, so he would have to adjust his number down to meet mine, then he wasn't comfortable for long. After a while, my hips started hurting because my side was so soft, but when I made it harder, my back and shoulders hurt.

SO, last year we bought a Comforpedic bed (Mystere series - there is another more expensive bed in this series, too). It has been a godsend. I no longer have the hip pain every morning. I still wake up feeling stiff, but it's a general stiffness that comes with FM, not pain in any one particular area over another. I love it! I would tell anyone to buy it. I know it's expensive, but it has really been worth it.

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   Posted 6/19/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad I found this post.. I have been thinking about buying a sleep number. I only need a twin size so that's not as expensive as the others. I hateto spend a lot if it's not going to help. I am going to try the temperpedic topper since my son doesn't use his anymore. Thanks!
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   Posted 6/20/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a temperpedic (spelling is probably wrong) and I LOVE it! I couldn't make my legs go streight on a normal bed due to pain, but i can on this bed. I LOVE it.

When you get a bed, look locally to see if they have samples out and lay in them to see which one is right for you.

There were about 6 different temp beds when i got mine, i layed on all of them till i got the right one.
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