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JenM
01-23-2010, 01:27 PM
Hi-

I currently own a pillow-top mattress and absolutely hate it. It is too soft and my husband and I feel like we are sinking into the mattress. I believe it has contributed to making my pain worse and it is just not good for my back being that I have two 50 degree curves. I am currently now having pain in my shoulder, but that's probably because I have a disc protrusion in my C5-6 in my neck and the pain goes down my arm. Anyway, I am getting surgery in June and today I was out shopping for mattresses as I would like to buy a new one before surgery. The salesperson was telling me that a Tempur-Pedic would be great for me considering I will have rods/screws in my back after the operation. Does anyone out there have one, and if so, do they like it? What other types of mattresses do you guys recommend? The salesperson also said buying a latex one is my next best option to the Tempur-Pedic.

Thanks for your suggestions,
JenM

jrnyc
01-23-2010, 04:03 PM
Hi Jen
i havent had surgery....yet...but i actually like pillow top softer mattresses...for years i did the firm mattress thing out of thinking it was the right thing to do, while hating it!

i only fear that tempur-pedic lets one sink in to the mattress...which i dont do with my pillow top...that is why i havent bought one yet, though i am considering a convertible tempur-pedic couch, as a trial...

good luck with your search for the right mattress....
jess

norab
01-23-2010, 04:36 PM
I like a firm mattress with a two-inch memory foam topper. This gives me support, but also allows a bit of give at the surface for my body to relax into. I actually used one on my old futon which was quite firm and this made it much more comfortable.

I purchased the topper on the internet, but I've also seen them at Bed, Bath and Beyond in New York.

Bigbluefrog
01-23-2010, 05:29 PM
kohl's dept store sales a two inch topper memory foam for under $100.

I know of one family that bought a waterbed for their daughter while she wore the brace. She loved it. Can you still buy waterbeds?

sccrm08
01-23-2010, 07:24 PM
Jen, I had a pillow top mattress pre and post op surgery. Pre surgery it was OK but post op I hated it!!! I Knew before surgery I wanted a new mattress but I wanted to wait until I was post surgery so I could lay on them with my new back. I waited about a year I think to get it I bought a pretty firm mattress and a 4in topper which I love. While on vacation last summer I slept on a tempur pedic for a week and LOVED it. I had almost bought one when I was looking but was unsure. I love my bed now but almost whish I would of got the other. Anways my point is you may want to wait until after surgery to get a bed that feels good post op as it will def. change.

Good Luck,

Vali
01-24-2010, 01:27 AM
Hi Jen, i had a pillowtop pre and post surgery. Post surgery for the first three months it was bliss (aaaahhhh sleepmaker), however, around the four month stage (i think) i was waking up very achy etc. We purchased a new mattress and put the pillowtop in the spare room. I'm not sure what its called, however as i live in Australia, we probably have different names for them anyway, but here goes. The new mattress, is firmer but not rock solid as some and it supports all the pressure points, therefore if lying on your side, you can actually see that the spine is in a straight line. It is very very comfortable. My surgeon tells his patients that they don't need a new mattress post surgery unless their current one looks like it has the hammock effect. I'm stripping my bed tomorrow, i'll check out the label and let you know.

titaniumed
01-24-2010, 10:58 AM
Hi Jen

I have a latex I had made for me about 10 years ago and loved it at the time. 5 years ago, I was having problems with that bed and then bought a "medium" tempurpedic.

The first week, I had problems with it and my Chiros mentioned that most people have issues adjusting to the tempurpedics the first 2 weeks after they buy them. Now, I think its perfect, and perfectly flat. Itís the "hammocking" of most mattresses thatís a killer, even if its only an inch.

After your surgery, a topper is mandatory. It took me about 3 weeks of hardly any sleep before I got my 2 inch topper and it helped considerably. I slept with the topper for about 6 months, then removed it from the tempurpedic.

Its hard to throw that dart and pick the right bed. If you can get some sort of return or exchange policy, that would be the way to go, just in case you are unhappy.

Another thing I learned about buying furniture is the fact that these people in the furniture business will lie about stock and delivery. After threatening lawsuits with Macys and several companies at the Mart in San Francisco, I will only buy off the floor. When I bought my tempurpedic, I flashed the cash and told the guy that I would only pay them AFTER it was delivered.

This experience only came after a 12 month extensive remodel on my home years ago. The house is great, but between the contractors and waiting and having the wrong furniture delivered, it almost killed me.
Ed

Radiogirl
01-24-2010, 11:31 AM
In preparation for my upcoming surgery, I bought a 4 inch memory foam (same as tempurpedic) mattress topper. I put it on top of my previously hard mattress and I love it. I got it from Overstock.com for $150. It's also a great way to see if you like the tempurpedic feel without a large investment in buying a mattress.

titaniumed
01-24-2010, 11:58 AM
I agree Laura, a hard mattress, with the 4 inch latex foam topper is a great set-up, and a cheap way to go.

One of the things I have noticed is with the tempurpedic, you can fall asleep in a particular position, and wake up 8 hours later, in that same position. That does say something about the mattress, since movement is triggered by a host of reasons, probably the main one being pressure related.

Another thing, since there are no springs, you do not feel movement from the significant other on the other side of the bed. That includes adult Great Danes.

I paid about $2400 for mine. Very pricy. I had so many sleeping issues before my surgery, that it really wasnít an option for me at the time. Of course, my surgeries were dictated by pain.

If I lost mine right now in a fire or for some other reason, (mattress police?) I would immediately replace it.

Remember the movie "Fletch" with Chevy Chase? lol Do not remove the tag from the mattress!
Ed

txmarinemom
01-24-2010, 11:35 PM
Like many others, I did memory foam toppers on a regular mattress before surgery.

I finally broke down and got my Tempurpedic about a year ago (toppers aren't even comparable) ... and never want to sleep on anything else! :)

Pam

jesscv
01-25-2010, 11:50 AM
i purchased a 3-inch memory foam mattress topper after my surgery. i actually prefer it to a full-on temperpedic mattress. it's wonderful!

txmarinemom
01-25-2010, 02:22 PM
i purchased a 3-inch memory foam mattress topper after my surgery. i actually prefer it to a full-on temperpedic mattress. it's wonderful!

You made me think about something, Jess ...

I don't think I would have liked a Tempurpedic just after surgery ... maybe not even in the first post-op year. I'm almost sure it would have been too firm back then.

For a good 8-9 months after surgery, I was really able to get comfortable on the softness of the 2" memory foam topper I had over a traditional pillow top mattress. It finally just started feeling too soft. I'd *always* preferred a bed I could just sink into, and gradually I realized my bed was the reason I was waking up sore ... shoulders stiff, hips stiff, neck stiff.

Anyway ... I started looking at both the Sleep Number and Tempurpedics. Personally, I didn't care for the feel of the Sleep Number beds. Some people love them.

When Tempurpedic discontinued a few lines this time last year, a local furniture store started liquidating them at massive discounts. The model I ended up with is the Symphony - and I guess it's probably qualified as "medium/firm". Yeah, it was the one selling for about 40% of the regular price, but I did also try their softer, high-end line ... and they also felt too "squishy".

I have never in my life liked a firm mattress, but the Tempurpedics are different: They're not a typical, traditional "firm".

Also, while I loved it in the store, it's ridiculously hard (if not impossible) to get a feel for what it would be like every night. It took me a while (maybe a week or two) to actually get used to sleeping on it ... and I wasn't entirely sure I'd made the right choice.

By the time I realized I was no longer waking up sore, I was a convert. :)

Pam

titaniumed
01-25-2010, 03:07 PM
I agree with Pam. I HAD to get the topper for the tempurpedic right after surgery. It wasnít soft enough.

I remember that the pressure on the bandage on my backside scar was an issue while trying to lay on my back, and the soft foam topper was more forgiving in that area. In fact, with my broken right shoulder and anterior scar, that left only one position in bed.

Standing up, thatís right! LOL

We actually need a member from NSF to go and get a job at a bedding company, to give us a thorough review. LOL

Hell, we should get scoliosis discounts!

The beauty of the tempurpedic is that it doesnít hammock or sag. At least mine hasnít, after about 5 years.

Just for the record, I did sleep on a floor for 2 nights when I was in Honolulu. I made it! I survived to tell the story.
Ed

txmarinemom
01-25-2010, 03:54 PM
Laughing at the Honolulu comment, Ed ...

When Suzy met up with me on my California/Utah trip in Dec. 2008 and she elected to sleep on the floor that first night in Miramar, I just ~cringed~ - LOL. I was absolutely sure I would NEVER (be able to) do that.

So ... fast forward a year ...

Next week, I'll be 2 years out ... and yeah ... I'll take the floor any day (now) over a bed that's too soft. :)

I remember being SO worried about sleeping on *anything* other than my bed the first few months after surgery ... even in a hotel. And then, at 3 months post-op, I went to a bike rally in NY ... and *camped* for 4 days ... on an air mattress. I survived, but I was soooooo glad to get home!

While toppers serve their purpose, I want to stress: Don't be under the impression a topper (even a 4" one) is a good indicator of Tempurpedic. It just isn't.

Pam

JenM
01-25-2010, 09:00 PM
Thank you so much for all your replies. I really appreciate everyone's suggestions and responses!

Titaniumed & txmarinemom- I think you both sold me on getting a tempur-pedic. I wake up everyday in pain and I am only 31. Feel like I'm 80 getting out of bed! I'll have to get the mattress topper like everyone suggests for after surgery. I laid in a tempur-pedic in the Raymour & Flannigan showroom this past weekend and it was great! The only thing I'm confused about is there is like 10 different models and I'm not sure what to get. The bad thing is that these beds are sooo pricey! I was looking at the "deluxe" bed. It is like the 3rd or 4th least expensive, for a king size bed it's about $3100 or $2900. Titaniumed, do you know what model you have? Is it firm? My only concern is that I'm about 5'4 inches and of normal weight. My husband is 6'1 inches, and 230 pounds. I'm worried about him sinking into the bed and then the bed creating a hammocking effect. Do you think this would happen? I'm not sure if the memory foam tempur-pedic beds are the best option for bigger people like him. What do you think?

Thanks everyone!

JenM

txmarinemom
01-25-2010, 11:08 PM
JenM ...

My suggestion is don't buy a new mattress for a while.

Get your topper, make yourself comfy ... and choose when you're ready.

A TP is a big investment - and a poor preemptive one when you don't know what you'll really need post-op.

One day/week/month at a time. :)

Pam

titaniumed
01-26-2010, 11:38 AM
Jen

Ok, Susie Orman mode. If you donít have a mil in the bank, donít buy it! Isn't that nice. LOL

Yes they are pricy! and makes it a difficult decision. Unless you have $3000 burning a hole in your pocket, I have to agree with Pam again and say, move slow on this. Throwing it on a credit card, or financing will bring the price up, and of course with today's current economic scenario, its best to go back to the ole "piggy bank" way of doing things. My dad who went through the depression, (the 1930s one) always said, "If you donít have the money, donít buy it" He also said "Its easier to save, than it is to earn it"

Them times are changing..... Wasnít that a "Prince song?"

At the time I bought mine, they had soft,medium, and hard. I bought a medium queen.

My surgery was a tough one. I couldnít imagine anyone sleeping with me through my recovery. Pam and I did our recoveries alone, and thatís the way we preferred it. I had all sorts of girls, ready to move in. Jeese! Now they donít want to move in. I guess I'm too cheap. LOL

My suggestion for recovery would be your own room and your own bed, with a topper of course, with a bathroom about 5 feet away. As far as a heavy partner with a tempurpedic, I'm sure it would be fine, not totally positive since I haven't had a heavy over here in quite some time. I donít drink all that much any more........

The bed needs to be flat. If you lay a straight edge down the length, a 1 inch depression in the center is a sign of hammocking. A sheet of plywood under the mattress will help. A flat hard mattress with 2-4 inches of foam is a great set=up. I also recommend SOFT, SOFT down pillows. They are easily moldable to the height that is needed. If you sleep on your side, visualize your neck, you will want it straight while sleeping.
Ed

Radiogirl
01-26-2010, 11:52 AM
Ed - You are too funny!....I too will be going through my surgery alone. Not sure that will be good or not, but glad you and Pam were the trailblazers for me! Thanks for the hope! :)

txmarinemom
01-26-2010, 05:00 PM
My husband is 6'1 inches, and 230 pounds. I'm worried about him sinking into the bed and then the bed creating a hammocking effect. Do you think this would happen? I'm not sure if the memory foam tempur-pedic beds are the best option for bigger people like him.

Jen,

I really don't think you can hammock *any* of the Tempurpedics ... they're just not made that way. Remember, traditional mattresses do that when the springs are inadequate to support the load. Tempurpedic's commercial showing someone jumping on the bed - and the glass of wine not moving - is completely accurate. There's absolutely NO weight transfer.

If, at some point, you decide to go with a Tempurpedic king, you have another option you may not have considered: Instead of a king, go with 2 twins (on either a platform or the solid TP foundation) - OR 2 twin XLs on a TP adjustable frame. For that matter, they could even be different mattress models, as long as the thickness is the same. Just a thought if you and your husband prefer different firmness.

I actually bought 2 twins vs. a king - and saved a TON on top of saving on a discontinued model.

You can also save by placing the mattresses on a platform vs. buying the TP solid "box springs". That's one thing to know up front: You can't put their mattresses on a standard box spring ... it voids the warranty.

You also have to buy their special mattress cover when you buy the mattress - or no warranty. To me, it just looks like some kind of water repellent fabric: How silly of me to wonder why they don't just COVER the mattresses with it ...

('cause then they couldn't SELL them to you, of course! ;-)

More mattress musings as they come to mind - heh.

Bigbluefrog
03-02-2010, 01:31 PM
Like many others, I did memory foam toppers on a regular mattress before surgery.

I finally broke down and got my Tempurpedic about a year ago (toppers aren't even comparable) ... and never want to sleep on anything else! :)

Pam

curious if the tempurpedic mattress keeps you on the warm side...I heard that may be one issue with it.

is it really comfy? thinking about getting one...or sleep by number

TobyT
03-02-2010, 07:18 PM
We received or 4" Serta memory foam topper last week.....it is awesome! My wife's surgery is next week and as she has dealt with the pain for a long time, she can feel a huge difference in the mornings and after naps. I have lower back pain and let me tell you, for me it has done wonders....go with the 4" from Overstock.com with shipping it was around $200.00 and that is for a King size....

txmarinemom
03-02-2010, 07:28 PM
curious if the tempurpedic mattress keeps you on the warm side...I heard that may be one issue with it.

is it really comfy? thinking about getting one...or sleep by number

I'd heard the same thing about heat with Tempurpedics, but I haven't found that to be the case - and I'm so cold-natured, I was HOPING for it. :)

Some people love the Select Comfort (SleepNumber) beds, but I tested all their models, and they just didn't do anything for me. Also, at the time I was doing my research between the two manufacturers, Select Comfort had a ton of unresolved complaints from hostile customers. Lots of people with malfunctioning pumps, and a virtual online riot over foam bed sides that collapsed and weren't covered under warranty: I wasn't all that fond of their product, so it made my choice really easy.

There just isn't much that can "malfunction" on a big ol' hunk of memory foam. Not a lot of working parts ... :)

Tempurpedic offers a 90 day trial, but only on mattresses purchased directly from them. I wouldn't actually BUY from them because their prices are substantially higher than one of our local stores. Then again, if a person were to locally identify the mattress they wanted - and ordered that model from Tempurpedic - they could at least *test* their huge investment before sending it back (and only being about Ī$200) before the trial period was up ...

With the factory vs. local price difference, a person could still come out ahead shipping one back for $200, and then buying - or not buying - locally.

Just sayin'. :rolleyes:

I don't know why they don't just offer the same trial period from all their authorized dealers.

JenniferG
03-03-2010, 12:04 AM
We received or 4" Serta memory foam topper last week.....it is awesome! My wife's surgery is next week and as she has dealt with the pain for a long time, she can feel a huge difference in the mornings and after naps. I have lower back pain and let me tell you, for me it has done wonders....go with the 4" from Overstock.com with shipping it was around $200.00 and that is for a King size....

That's so good to hear Toby. That kind of relief is priceless.

I agree with Ed, that a bed to yourself, a room to yourself, and a bathroom 5 feet away is just what we need after surgery. I didn't have the memory foam topper (I did have an old egg-crate style topper) but I had the bed/room/bathroom to myself and it worked great.

LynetteG
03-03-2010, 05:16 AM
I have a Temperpedic bed that I got a few years ago, and I've never looked back. I sleep beautifully pain free, (whenever I'm not in insomniac mode :) ), highly recommend temperpedic.