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Recommendations--please--for matttress or chair to sleep on?

bnybnybbnybny Posts: 1
edited 09/04/2014 - 1:29 PM in New Member Introductions

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!


  • kinpainkkinpain Posts: 958
    edited 09/04/2014 - 2:04 PM
    I can't give you recommendations for the bed, as what saved me is a memory foam mattress topper, and you say you can't use this. By the way, have you tried airing it out until it no longer has any odor?
    Now as far as the Zero Gravity lift recliner, I have been using one ever since my first fusion in 2008. Right now(after my second fusion) I could not, and would not live without it. The only negative I can say about it is the price. It is very expensive, but to me it was a life-time investment. Some people told me that you can get one much cheaper at Craig list. The problem is that you can't try it out, like I did my in the store before we bought it.
    Good luck in your search,

  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Sleep on whatever feels most comfortable and gets you thru the night.
    My choice for cervical, thoracic, and lumbar surgeries which I've all had is the recliner.
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