I just joined this site as I'm looking for advice on mattress choice for chronic lower back pain due to past surgeries on L5 ruptured disk.
Recently my lower back pain has gotten worse regardless of pain meds, cortisone injections, muscle relaxers, and lidocaine patches. Nothing seems to be helping and the only thing I can attitribute to the change in pain level is we recently changed from a pillow top to a memory foam mattress. Now, when I wake up in the morning I can barely get out of bed and it takes hours for my back to losen up if it does at all. I am incrediably stiff and feel a deep, constant pain dead center in my lower back. It has gotten so bad that I have begun to sleep on the couch. When I do so I experience far less pain the next morning!
All my research indicated "memory foam" was supposed to be better for your back but my experience has proven to be just the opposite. Has anyone else experienced a similar scenario? Can anyone recommend a mattress topper(other than memory foam) that might help this situation? We cannot afford another set of mattresses at this time but I can't continue to endure this pain or sleep on my couch forever.
I would appreciate any information or advice as the increasing pain is effecting all areas of my life.