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pain low and back - no comfort

Hi.  I'm sure this is something that everyone goes through with existing back issues.  I've had surgery/back.  Looking at low back and neck for the future.  Right now I'm just trying to find a mattress that will help with support through the night.  Just got rid of a tempurpedic, let my lumbar sag.  Trying a Number bed, can't find that magic number, now waking up at 4:00 a.m every morning from tossing & turning.  I saw where an advertisement was shown on here, a Saatvia.  I'm so tired of trying beds, you can't go to the store and sleep on them for a week to see if you get any results.  My husband can sleep on a rock, I believe.  Does anyone out there have any suggestions on a mattress, its getting close to time to keep or return this number bed?  Your help will be much appreciated.



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,708

    hello kacki10314 

    welcome to spine health

    members are not permitted to make recommendation as all spine patients are different what is good for one may not be good for another. this link should be helpful


    all new members should take the system tutorial


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,260

    Below is another link to mattress guide lines.
    Mattress Guidelines 

    Like Liz stated, everyone is different. Just keep researching, look at reviews.

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  • mgranados2mmgranados2 Posts: 5
    edited 08/22/2018 - 3:24 AM

    Hi there. Great question. I think I can be of great help, since I too struggle with lower back pain, had it acute, and dealing with it chronically. Over the years I've adjusted my own bed and made things work for a short amount of time, and then I used a mattess topper...believe it or not, they work really well. After years of using my LUCID 3 mattress topper, I needed extra Back support from the bed frame. 

    So I turned to looking online. I was reccomended to look at Nectar, Purple, and Bear. I've tried temperupeudic and it just doesn't hold up too well. In the end after trying various mattresses, I got myself a Nectar and It's been the best decision I made. 2 and 1/2 years with one so far. It works well for a firm/medium feel. It's memory foam, so if that's what you're into, it will work great. I'm a back pain advocate, and so I have a blog to help others that have been or are going through back pain like I am. I have tips and have a test to see if a mattress is really the problem. [EDIT]

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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 696

    In my opinion, your mattress has little to do with low back pain. I've had the same mattress during low back pain and sciatica and now have neither, but have the same mattress. I've never had any surgeries. I do prepare myself for sleep but getting ample amounts of movement through the day as well as preparing my body/muscles first thing when I wake (by doing targeted routines each morning). I also make sure I am keeping well hydrated through the day as well. 

    A few things I do add to my mattress are bolsters or rollers. There about 12" long. I use a 2" round under my low back, and a 3" round under my neck. I've gotten rid of my pillow as well. This does mean I am now a back sleeper. The goal here is to get the spine to be in proper curvature during sleep. I am to the point now that I do not use them every night. Some people will roll up towels and use them if they cannot find the bolsters. 

    Of course this is not the end-all to my pain, and I'm not stating it will be for yours, but perhaps it can provide some relief without the hefty price tag that a mattress brings!   

  • ExdancerEExdancer Cumbria, UKPosts: 9

    Are you able to indicate where we can find these bolsters?   Online?  

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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 696

    @Exdancer Oh so sorry. I hadn't been on in a while as I was out on vacation. I get them direct from my chiropractor, but you can go online to maxliving. Then go to store. Then spinal correction. Look for progressive rolls. I started with medium, and am now up to firm. Looks like I can start getting them online since they sell them without the covers (my chiro only sells with covers). I use a sock for the cover as it seems to hold much better than the covers that come with them. 

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