raising the bed ..

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aciphexo
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   Posted 10/13/2011 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Our bed is very hard to raise with the bed risers (or with phone books and such). I've been using a wedge pillow instead. However, I am not quite sure if I am getting the same beneficial effect with the wedge pillow as I might with a bed riser. Even the other beds we have are not easy to raise without compromising their frames.

Any other tricks to experiment with inclining the bed - without having to go buy a new bed? I might try sleeping on one of the living room couches and raise it on one end to see if it even helps me ..

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 10/13/2011 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Cushions don't work for me because they either bend my body, putting pressure on my stomach, or I wake up having fallen off of them. I raise my bed with concrete blocks, and if I need a bit extra I put a few books. Is it impossible to raise b/c it has wheels? I can't imagine not finding some way to raise it a bit...the incline helps more than just cushions.

aciphexo
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   Posted 10/13/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
The frame of the bed is such that I don't think it can handle the uneven pressure.

So, I use wedge pillows - of these types instead:
www.amazon.com/Reflux-Recommended-Patented-Folding-Snoring/sim/B0002DJVGE/2

I don't think they work the same .. as so many people claim very good results with raising the bed, but I don't seem to get the same level of benefits/comfort with this wedge pillow.

I will take a risk with my bed .. and raise it for a couple of days anyway and see .. my wife will probably need to go sleep in the living room for those days :)

opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/13/2011 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
PPI-
You could add something to under the head of the mattress to raise it. I believe this would be better than the wedges because it should give you a gentler bend in the mattress. The wedges can cause worse reflux because it tends to make us bend and putt pressure on the stomach increasing reflux.

Take care,
Bill
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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 10/15/2011 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
@ PPI-LESS, your wife may be able to adapt to it easily. My wife has. Before we were married she had her bed raised to help me even though I only spent weekends there. The inconvenience of the raised bed wasn't even enough for her or me to lower it when she slept alone during the week. If you raise it super high it gets a bit inconvenient, but I don't even feel (nor my wife) the bed raised at 8-10 inches anymore.

dencha
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   Posted 10/15/2011 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi PPI,
I've used both, and while the wedge is better than nothing (I travel with it even now), but the elevated bed is far superior.  The problem with he wedge is that when you slide down (which you inevitably do during the night), then you'll be bent at the middle.  The bed elevation will still tend to make you slide a bit, but it's always flat...with no bend in the middle. 
 
I still sleep with my bed elevated although I had the Nissen surgery, because my PCP and asthma docs are very concerned that acid may still escape and bother my lungs, which are very fragile.  They were in terrible shape pre-surgery and are doing great now (meds have been cut down tremendiously), so my docs are anxious to keep them that way.  I've got no evidence of reflux, but I'm still on 40mg Protonix before dinner daily.  I recently checked with my PCP, and he still stands by the recommendation.  While I'm not sure it's necessary, I'm deferring to my asthma and PCP docs.  Don't want to go back there...
 
That was off the subject, wasn't it? turn
Does your bed have wooden slats attaching the head to the foot?  We have a metal bed frame (It's up on bed risers with additional 2X6 boards to add 4 inches and stability--8 inch total.) and at this point don't have a headboard.     When we get it, we will attach it to the wall, rather than the bed frame.
 
Good luck!
Denise

aciphexo
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   Posted 10/15/2011 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, folks ... I was able to find some old large hardbound books from the basement .. and have put them under the head of the bed .. and have raised the head by about 8 inches .. I'll see how it goes ..

Thanks ...

aciphexo
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   Posted 10/25/2011 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
This did start to help with the symptoms a bit, but this is not a long term solution for me since the bed's support rod gave in and the bed caved in - yes - while we were sitting on it :)). I've fixed the support rod and tried to put books under the support rod .. but I've realized that since this is a king-size bed, it is not going to be able to hold the incline well - and I don't want to cause damage to the bed (it wasn't cheap!)

I am thinking of getting one of these:
www.mediwedge.com/products/index.html

Let me know if anyone has tried these and has had +ve/-ve experience with it...

Thanks

dencha
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   Posted 10/25/2011 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi PPI,
That product looks great.  Be sure to spend the extra money for the 6 inch.  4 just isn't enough.  You must have a bed frame that is actually a bed...we had a metal frame for the mattress and then a headboard.  It's a king and still does fine.  There are three legs at the head, though...so there is center support...I use three bed raisers and additional boards. 
 
Thanks for sharing the bed wedge.  It's definitely than a wedge pillow.  Good find!
Denise

aciphexo
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   Posted 10/26/2011 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise - ordered the 6" one. I'll let you all know how it goes! Hoping, it'll be a good investment!
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