Hello, I think thinking about getting Tempur-Pedic Contour mattress to help alleviate some chronic back pain. I tried it yesterday and it felt pretty nice and supportive, but it's hard to gauge something like a mattress from only using it for 10 minutes. I guess I am wondering that given my pain history, should I expect to get any benefit from switching to the Contour mattress?
Here is my general pain history:
2006-2009: Characterized by very sharp pain in my hips/butt that would shoot down my legs. Worse on the left side, and worse when I would wake up. Very on/off--on bad days I could barely walk, on good days I could play tennis. I think I have pretty much figured it out, as the biggest key is for me to always sleep on my left side (plus things like jogging, using the Teeter, and good posture at work help too).
Fall 2011: Characterized by very achy back. Often I will wake up after 4-5 hours with a very sore and achy back, and spend the remaining 2-3 hours tossing and turning in bed trying to get comfortable. Sometimes I will move to the floor for the remaining 2-3 hours, which seems to help. In additon, the outside of my left thigh (IT band?) is also very achy. All of this completely dissipates about a half hour after I get up.
My current mattress is 10 years old and probably originally had a medium stiffness. I am thinking that I need something stiffer, so I was also considering just a hard futon.
Thank you very much.