If you have neck issues and back issues along with everything else, what type of pillow do you choos

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   Posted 8/31/2010 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I need to start looking for a replacement to the pillow I have right now. I tried one were its sort of cut out so you can lay on your back. I did not like it. I also tried a memory type that was designed to help but didn't and just triggered neck pain and headeaches.
Why type of pillow works for you? Also do you have a body pillow? Do you find that helps?

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   Posted 8/31/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I either use a towel that I roll into a cylinder under my neck or I have a little pillow shaped in a cylinder. I use these with or without another pillow. It just depends how I'm feeling. If I feel I need both pillows I put the little one or the rolled up towel in the center and lay on it so the roll is under my neck. For some reason last night I moved off of the little pillow and I woke up with a stiff neck and a headache.
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   Posted 8/31/2010 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I sleep with 3 differant pillows...a feather...medium foam and body pillow. Hubby
is always teasing me about too many pillows in bed.

I either sleep on my back or side, if I'm on my back the foam pillow is under my
knees....when on my side I'm using the body pillow to keep my back in alignment.
My head rests on a thin feather pillow.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to have a water pillow that worked really well the only problem was the mess that it made when it broke. lol
I now use two pillows instead of just one.
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   Posted 8/31/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a buckwheat-hull pillow that I bought at my chiropractor's. I would not be without it! Once when I flew to NY, I sent it ahead so it would be there. (Only problem was, it never arrived till after I was home again) So now I put it in my carry-on bag and my husband handles it - because it is much heavier than a normal pillow, not that that would be an issue for most people.

I LOVE it because it conforms to your head/neck, but unlike memory foam, it doesn't press against you trying to get back to its original shape. So there's not the same tension.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a memory foam neck pillow that I got from the chiropractor which I like but the one that I really love is my buckwheat pillow that I bought at our local co-op. They make them now with millet in the front which makes them softer. I have just the plain buckwheat you can make them thick, thin, make a "dip/whole" for you head etc. They are very versetile and sometimes when I need extra softness (buckwheat can be a little sometimes)I have a small fuzzy blanket that I lay on the top.

I hope you find the one that you need.

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   Posted 8/31/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Like puppylover I have "something" rolled up under my neck. So any pillow that I can get into the roll shape works for me
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