I just changed my mattress recently and realized that I think I might have been sleeping on a much too soft mattress for some time whilst having a herniated disc.
I herniated a lumbar disc back in 2009 and bought a new mattress in early 2010. I think the mattress was much too soft. However at the time I was underweight (I was around 11.5 stone, 161 pounds at 6'1") so I guess it felt right at the time, it didn't occur to me that it might pose problems if I got back up to my normal weight at 12.5/13 stome (175/180lbs). This mattress was pocket sprung (I think around 800 springs in a single mattress) with memory foam topper. I remember the guy in the shop advising getting a more softer feeling mattress because harder mattresses would cause aches. It did feel right in the shop but I always noticed it was a bit on the soft side.
Well after getting the new mattress (1500 pocket spring, latex topper, made to order as firm) my old mattress seems so ridiculously soft in comparison! In fact the memory foam appears to have sagged in the middle too. I'm actually really concerned I've been doing harm to my back this whole time! For a long time I would sleep in this bed with a partner too and so it was probably especially not supportive enough for the two of us. To be honest, when rising I generally always felt OK, and I don't really get bad pain or sciatica. My main problems are just general aches, stiffness, and struggling to maintain any competitive sport fitness. Is it likely the mattress was exacerbating these problems, or does the firmness not actually matter too much? I know I can't change it now, but I'm worried the disc might have leaked/degenerated more as a result over time
I've only had 1 MRI back in 2009.
To be honest it actually took some getting used to the new mattress because it actually feels too hard. At least when sleeping on my side. I seemed to get more problems when trying to sleep on my back on the older, softer mattress but was OK on my side. On the new one I'm more sleeping on my back.
Am I worrying too much about this? Thanks!