Re: Bed/Mattress Suggestions for Back Issues - Herniated Disc
I know some people claim sleeping in a recliner is helpful to them, but my physical therapist, who works exclusively for my spine surgeon, is not a fan. For almost all people, they do not support the spine in the right places, and can make some situations worse.
I do not have a recommendation for a mattress, but it is very important to have proper support.
I just wanted to suggest that while you are waiting for your doctor's appointment, you might want to take NSAIDs (if your body tolerates them) for inflammation and use ice or a cold gel pack. You can ice 15-20 minutes per hour, round the clock, if need be. It will help with any inflammation and should help make you a bit more comfortable.
You might want to give yourself a couple days' break from your exercises, and just take small, gentle walks to keep the blood flowing. You could also try using a heating pad over the lower back, if you find this more comforting than ice. Sometimes people alternate heat with ice and get some relief that way.