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My Aching Back!!!! (by Baman [AL]) Jun 4, 2018 6:49 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Barb [MO]) Jun 4, 2018 6:55 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 4, 2018 6:58 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Jun 4, 2018 7:04 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Luba [NY]) Jun 4, 2018 7:07 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Jane B. [FL]) Jun 4, 2018 7:09 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Busy [WI]) Jun 4, 2018 7:54 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by NE [PA]) Jun 4, 2018 8:34 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by WMH [NC]) Jun 4, 2018 8:38 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by S i d [MO]) Jun 4, 2018 8:44 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Sisco [MO]) Jun 4, 2018 10:46 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by AllyM [NJ]) Jun 4, 2018 10:57 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by cjo'h [CT]) Jun 4, 2018 11:35 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jun 4, 2018 1:22 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by DJ [VA]) Jun 4, 2018 3:00 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Busy [WI]) Jun 4, 2018 4:29 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by hollis [MA]) Jun 5, 2018 7:46 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by RentsDue [MA]) Jun 5, 2018 1:18 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by cjo'h [CT]) Jun 5, 2018 1:38 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by cjo'h [CT]) Jun 5, 2018 2:00 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Busy [WI]) Jun 5, 2018 4:15 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by cjo'h [CT]) Jun 5, 2018 5:36 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Sandy [CO]) Jun 5, 2018 8:53 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Judi [CA]) Jun 6, 2018 1:01 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Busy [WI]) Jun 6, 2018 5:13 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Sandy [O]) Jun 6, 2018 5:59 AM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by NY2015 [NY]) Jun 6, 2018 4:14 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Jun 6, 2018 8:32 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by Judi [CA]) Jun 8, 2018 9:31 PM
       My Aching Back!!!! (by elliot [RI]) Jun 9, 2018 4:14 AM

My Aching Back!!!! (by Baman [AL]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 6:49 AM

Hello Everyone,

You know this is slightly off topic but this is the best forum for good information on the web. So I am looking for suggestions for a great mattress (bedding) that supports those of us who have back issues. Also for great sleep to wake up and tackle those LL challenges we all face. Your advice will be greatly appreciated......have a prosperous day

My Aching Back!!!! (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 6:55 AM

Watching closely!

I've been researching them as well. Time for a new one.

It seems to matter if you are a back sleeper, side sleeper or stomach sleeper. --131.151.xx.xx

My Aching Back!!!! (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 6:58 AM

For my mother, who lived to be 94, and now for myself, it's not the mattress, it's the sleeping position. She slept on her back only. I now sleep on my back only. Her mattress was old and saggy and she didn't want a new one. I sleep in a hospital bed with a very hard mattress because I needed one in 2014, bought one, and it's here, so why not. Also make sure you are warm enough at night so your body doesn't cramp up to generate heat. Oriental folks, I read, sleep on hard pallets.

My Aching Back!!!! (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 7:04 AM

You are not going to like this advice.... this is from a retired nurse who spent 38 years turning, lifting and positioning critically ill patients and who never had a back issue...

The prescription for a bad back is exercise. Get to the gym, get an exercise routine and stick with it. Start slow with low weights. Start with a physical therapist if need be, but start and stick with it. Your muscle mass determines your youth. Women in particular need to work on upper body strength. Everyone has degenerative joint disease after a certain age. Exercise will help maintain bone mass and prevent compression fractures.

I have also heard anecdotal evidence that those inversion tables help.

Now if I would only follow my own advice....

My Aching Back!!!! (by Luba [NY]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 7:07 AM

Canít recommend a mattress ( I prefer a firmer one ) but you can try to experiment with a pillow as a cheaper alternative.

And sleeping on a back is helping too.

My Aching Back!!!! (by Jane B. [FL]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 7:09 AM

Our best mattress is an expensive Tempur-pedic. Make sure what ever you buy, you are able to return it in 30 days if it doesn't work. And like RathdrumGal said, a mattress doesn't solve back problems, but it can make you more comfortable.

My Aching Back!!!! (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 7:54 AM

I absolutely love our sleep number, but I can sleep anywhere. Its husband who has a genetic condition that makes certain sleeping positions less painful. He's why we got the Sleep Number bed. Its been about fifteen-twenty years, he is searching for another bed, but has realized that its his illness, not the mattress that is the issue.

My Aching Back!!!! (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 8:34 AM

Go to YouTube and watch yoga stretches for spinal decompression. It's works wonders!! Super easy too. Takes about 30 seconds.

Also, try sleeping without a pillow for a few days.

My Aching Back!!!! (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 8:38 AM

Marriott sells their own brand of mattresses. I always sleep well at a Marriott.

We bought one from Costco - it's an adjustable position bed. It's okay.

We also have one from Tuft & Needle that guests say is very comfortable.

Costco will allow returns so they are a good place to try out a few options, it's just a hassle.

My Aching Back!!!! (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 8:44 AM

From my personal situation and of people I have observed (and backed up by Rathdrumgal's observation) nothing fixes back pain quite as good as old fashioned exercise.

The majority of people I know (might be all...not 100% sure...I'd have to make a list) who have back pain are overweight and/or do not exercise. Of the people who exercise regularly, only a handful have minor issues from time to time related to over-exercising, and they typically go away once the proper difficulty level is achieved.

Our bodies are like machine: proper maintenance is a must.

My Aching Back!!!! (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 10:46 AM

A different mattress wonít fix back pain.

1.) lose weight.

2.) exercise.

My Aching Back!!!! (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 10:57 AM

I did read a good prescription for getting rid of back pain and it was "Lose the pillow." I don't use one now. Also I would lie flat on the floor in younger years when back started to spaz. I would bend my knees and lie there until I felt something go back in place.

My Aching Back!!!! (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 11:35 AM

Rathdrum Gal,Is a shot glass too heavy to start with,or is that out of the Question,what about the square dancing,don't tell me you forgot about that already. Friends of ours trapse all over the east coast to Irish Ceilidhe Dancing.They are in great shape,so maybe,keeping up with them would be enough exercise for me......................charlie.....I just got up,It's almost 2.30 in the afternoon on Monday,slept good,don't know what brand of mattress,or if it even has a name,too lasy to look,time for breakfast........charlie................................................... --174.199.xx.xx

My Aching Back!!!! (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 1:22 PM

Sometimes it's not the mattress, it's the pillow. Start with a new pillow first. Cheaper. If mattress too hard, try adding a pillow top mattress pad.

My Aching Back!!!! (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 3:00 PM

True, being a healthy weight and strengthening your core is important for back health. But a good mattress is also. I have been sleeping on a cheap air mattress for years (actually, many of them because they pop) with a little memory foam on top. Just ordered a sleep number bed yesterday - it's just a glorified, sturdier air mattress. I'm glad to hear Busy's glowing recommendation!

I find air gives me excellent support because I like it soft, and when my hips press down, the area around my waist goes up & gives good support. Like water beds used to do - remember those?

The best way to keep your spine straight (important) while sleeping is to lie on your side with the right height pillow. And possible a pillow between your knees.

Best wishes!

My Aching Back!!!! (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 4, 2018 4:29 PM

My husband loved his water bed, back in the day. Best bed for his kidney disease. (He didn't know he had kidney issues back then.) Hmmmm.... Wonder if we could find another one?.

My Aching Back!!!! (by hollis [MA]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 7:46 AM

After trying a number of mattresses including air one and waterbed over the years, my chiropractor suggested getting an extra firm one with minimal ticking BUT adding a good MEMORY foam,..1 1/2 to 2 inches over it,..he said that every pt that did this told him that they loved that combo,..(me too) Although after a few years I thought maybe I should switch it out and tried one that was on sale at a discount store ,...MISTAKE, outgassed a terrible plastic odor that didn't go away despite it hanging in my garage for 2 months,..wondered why it was half price,..took it to the dump.

BTW got a new one from Target,..I think it was no better than the original one we took off. In the days when I used a regular foam topper,..they would get soft and punky in less than a year,...but it seems the memory foam doesn't,..

I have that combo on our guest bedroom,..people that say over always say it is a wonderful bed,..they want to know where they can buy the mattress,..

My Aching Back!!!! (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 1:18 PM

Mattress made a huge difference for husbands back. We bought the Temperpedic one that has the gel infused memory foam. Costs about $7000.00 but worth every penny. He has a very physical job and gets a little too much exercise at work. I found a cheaper version ( still had the gel infused memory foam) on clearance and bought 4 of them for my furnished college rental. All 4 tenants have asked me what kind of mattress it is because they want to get one when they move out.

My Aching Back!!!! (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 1:38 PM

NE, by not using a pillow,you're going to put the "My pillow guy" out of business.Not good for the economy.Anyhow,I have no problem with my back,but my right knee gives me a problem now and then.When I mention it to the Doctor,he says its just old age,Thinking that over,doesn't seem to cut it.The left knee is the same age as the other one,and I don't have a problem with that one at all. Muscle rub from the Dollar Tree Store does have it's wonder my knee bothers me occasionally,two of us ,used to think nothing of picking up a prebuilt wall 24' x 8',into position............................................oh ,for the good old days........................................ --174.199.xx.xx

My Aching Back!!!! (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 2:00 PM

Like Busy says I can sleep anywhere,if going on a trip by airline,doesn't matter which one,they're all the same.I can be asleep in under 10 seconds, it's being awakened for that so called meal,that's annoying,better having a wrapped sandwich in your pocket..............charlie................. --174.199.xx.xx

My Aching Back!!!! (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 4:15 PM

Charlie, do you garden much? If you do, might you lean your elbow on one knee as you pick weeds? I screw my left knee up every couple of years when I forget that I should not lean on the knee as I weed!

Now I use a low bench I built, sit, weed a patch, get up , move the bench, sit again. Better for the knee!

My Aching Back!!!! (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 5:36 PM

Busy,I do a little square foot gardening,as far as weeding they have the run of the lawn,and are doing great. Better than any crop I could ever dream of growing,maybe I prayed too much,should have cut back on that..........charlie....................... --174.199.xx.xx

My Aching Back!!!! (by Sandy [CO]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2018 8:53 PM

I found sit ups to cause back pain. I was doing 200 every morning and once I stopped the pain went away.

Also, my grandfathers dr at the Mayo Clinic advised him to take his wallet out of his back pocket when driving or sitting at his desk, bc it causes to back to be out of alignment.

My Aching Back!!!! (by Judi [CA]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2018 1:01 AM
Message: Put www in front of. We've had a 6" piece of this on our bed at home, and a custom-cut of the same for our sailboat. Though described as medium density, it's quite firm and unlike squishy memory foam you don't sink into it. My 70-year old husband (still working 50 hours of a very physical job) finds it quite comfortable, if the snore meter is any indicator. I have a multitude of spinal/neck injuries and this is the first bed I could actually sleep well on all night without waking up in knots after fitfully tossing and turning. Bonus: it arrives in a small box that is very light, which magically springs to full size when released. No turning or flipping needed. You can order any thickness; our 6" on a plywood pedestal is perfect. We also bought the washable cover. The company is wonderful to work with, and we've found this is the best bed for us at any price. It's quite reasonably priced for the level of comfort and durability.

The key to being comfortable in bed or on any surface is to use pillows, bolsters, or rolled up blankets to fill in any space that may exist between your body and the mattress. Our limbic system likes support, and will send the 'ok to relax now' signal to our brain if you provide it. I'm a side sleeper and accomplish this using a pillow against my back (try a heating pad too, heavenly!!), a pillow or two in front to extend my arms across, a variety of pillows under my neck, and a yoga bolster to support legs from hip to toes. This is a spinal decompression position and so pain-relieving I rarely need to turn over.

Here's another great product: look up Zheng Gu Shui. This amazing stuff was recommended by our acupuncturist/herbalist/chiropractor. My husband uses it every day for his aging knees and can now dance every dance in a 3 hour contra. It is a miracle for back/neck issues, and has really helped my arthritic hands, wrists and shoulders enough to keep me fiddling and playing accordion in a working Celtic band. After applying, it helps to 'bake' it in with a heating pad or other heat source.

Last: restorative yoga every day, even if you only have 10 minutes. I went from barely being able to walk across my living room using 2 canes to resumption of normal life having learned yoga principals. Last weekend I rode a 19-hand Shire; that would have NEVER happened after my injuries without learning how to take care of my body with yoga. If you are new to yoga, it's best to start with a class where the instructor can help you become comfortable with any modifications you may need. After you understand the basics, there are many free online classes as well as reasonable subscriptions to yoga sites. I've enjoyed Gaiam very much.

Good health and sweet dreams to all!

My Aching Back!!!! (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2018 5:13 AM

Well, I'm envious of having access to a Shire to ride! Wish I could get my husband to use a body pillow. I think it would help, he keeps focusing on the mattress. Polycystic kidney disease, so the cysts on the kidneys are painful. But, its his pain, so if he wants to be stubborn....

My Aching Back!!!! (by Sandy [O]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2018 5:59 AM

Correction- 100 sit-ups. Not 200!

Judi, Thank you for the tips, thatís an amazing story. I have done yoga but not consistently, so maybe Iíll give it another go.

My Aching Back!!!! (by NY2015 [NY]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2018 4:14 PM

I have had two major back surgeries now. I got a sleep number 3 years ago cost about 8,500 but worth every penny. They have a 20 year warranty on them you can adjust the firmness and adjust the head and feet. my only regret is not getting the split one so me and my wife can adjust are head and feet can get them made from memory foam like temperpedic bed but they get hot at night. --196.52.xx.x

My Aching Back!!!! (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2018 8:32 PM

My wife has a spinal cord problem that makes lying down flat for an extended period of time really difficult. We decided to try an adjustable bed. After one week she was sleeping through the night.

I researched the various mattresses and there are a number of studies that show gel memory foam provides the best sleep and increases your blood circulation so that's what we got. You really should go to a mattress store to try them out since most companies will not accept returns on mattresses.

We had a sleep number bed for years and I absolutely hated it. --71.75.xx.xx

My Aching Back!!!! (by Judi [CA]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2018 9:31 PM

I can't believe I left this out of my previous post: massage chairs!! I think they should be required operating equipment in every house, like toilets. The robotics these days are amazing and keep me functioning when I would otherwise be using a walker by now. I bought a Premier about 12 years ago, used it literally 2+ hours every day taking the padding out and backing right up against the rollers, and it still works perfectly. Last year I treated myself to a top of the line Inada which has several full-body stretching programs and it is divine for that, if not the muscle-pounder the Premier is. Having them both is great. They have paid for themselves a hundred times over in well-being and pain relief, and you just can't beat a good massage at 3 am when you can't sleep or first thing when you get up to loosen up and prepare for the day. Take your time finding just the right one for you; your size relative to the chair has a lot to do with comfort as well as the actual routines. Also, you can 'customize' your fit in the chair (or any chair) with additional rolled-up towels, blankets, or pillows to make it just perfect.

My Aching Back!!!! (by elliot [RI]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2018 4:14 AM

If you didn't born with aching back, something is not right.. so, instead of working on outside cause and solution, work from inward..

I have had aching back and bought an upside down gadget too.. What solved my aching back? Proper diet and good posture/muscle support.. It was painful for couple days while I was working to fix myself, then, all in a sudden, the lower back loosened up.

Yesterday, I walked 5 miles in 2 hours after having worked a day at my properties. last time I walked that much probably was 15-20 years (walk for breast cancer or some cause). No pain whatsoever.. I felt that I could walk another 5 miles at that pace..

cut out sugar and carb from your diet, inflammation is the killer. --72.209.xx.xx

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