I really need help figuring out a way to sleep--either on a bed or a chair or some combination, maybe : )
I have multi-level, lumbar spinal stenosis with permanent neurological damage and radiating pain, cervical stenosis with radiating nerve pain and terrible migraines as part of arthritic changes from RA, Lupus, Sjogren's and other autoimmune conditions from which I'm permanently disabled (the neuropathy is starting to give me trouble walking and the sensation's so severe that I can't tell the difference between it and being bitten by fire ants.)
My bed is older and really needs to be replaced (it's utter pain to sleep on.) I haven't been able to sleep on my back for years (both b/c the lumbar stenosis is so bad and b/c I've lost the curve of my C-spine and it flattens out, obstructing my airway, when I lie flat. I have a Lay-Z-Boy chair which at least lets me lie flat (with my head elevated,) but I can only sleep in it for about 2 - 3 hours before the lumbar pain becomes too much. In bed I'm turning over maybe 10 times/night, sleeping maybe only 1 -2 hrs at a stretch and having to wake up, come downstairs and sleep in the recliner for another few hours. I'm exhausted.
I've shopped for mattresses all of this last month. Innerspring mattresses are too uncomfortable and memory foam gasses burn my skin and airways. Sleep number beds seemed most comfortable (esp. w/ an adjustable base,) but their warranty info, sales and customer service staff is *really* iffy (esp. for such high prices.) I haven't experienced a zero-gravity chair yet.
Could anyone recommend a type of mattress or a chair or something...something to sleep on? Please?
Thanks so much!