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Old 01-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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Bed/Mattress Suggestions for Back Issues - Herniated Disc

Hi- I was hoping I could get some feedback on what type of bed/mattress has worked for others.

In 2010 I had herniated disc that was compressing nerver (L5/S1). I tried PT, Injections, Traction and finally had Microdisectomy in Oct 2010. Was slow at first but was feeling better. Never completely pain free & still had left leg/foot partial numbness.

In mid 2011 back was causing more issues & had new symptoms now on right side. Took 6 weeks but finally got MRI after had to fight for it. Same disc was herniated but only on left side. Right side seemed to get better. I went into PT again. Was doing well- walking on treadmill at gym for 30 minutes @ 2.7-3 mph. PT exercises every day. Then Monday before Christmas husband heart device malfuctioned and shocked him 8 times. Between getting to hopspital, having him transported to different hospital after stabilized and him getting new device, and being released (Monday to Thursday) I wasn't able to get to gym but was taking walks around hospital. When he came home we both sleep in La-Z-Boy as it was easier for him to get up out of and kept him from rolling on side that he had to keep off of. I think the stress, less walking and LazBoy agravated Sciatic nerve and now pain is as high as a 9. Tried 6 day pack of steroids but they didn't really help.

Can't do the PT exercises i was doing 3 weeks ago and am in constanct pain. Don't see doctor until end of next week. Am on percocet which i really hate to take but the pain is horrible it makes me want to cry all the time.

We've been back in our Tempurpedic for 2 full weeks but getting in / out is very painful. Plus its only 8 years old and seems not to be as supportive. It almost feels like your going to fall out of the bed.

Anyone with back problems recommend a certain type of bed/mattress?

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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.

Old 01-14-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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Re: Bed/Mattress Suggestions for Back Issues - Herniated Disc

I know what you are talking about. I have back problems for about 8 yrs now too, and also have a tempepedic for that time too. I love my temperpedic though,but i've hadit replaced twice in the 8 yrs. They are very good on customercomplaints. All i had to do is good to their website and file a complaint. They contactedme and i took a couple pictures showing the sagging and they set up a delivery of a new set twice. I love my bed now. Soonas i lay down the pain goes away.

Old 01-15-2012, 03:44 AM   #4
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Re: Bed/Mattress Suggestions for Back Issues - Herniated Disc

Thansk Tetonteri. I already do try ice/heat but only helps a little. I also walk in pool which seems to help.

ptvegas- i actually was going to see about contacting Tempurpedic and your response makes me hopeful it will be easy and not a big fit to get fixed.

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