Bertha of kansas city, writes:
We are in the process of looking to purchase a new mattress recently had weight loss surgery I am just below 300 pds and I have bulging discs in my back the worst is at L5 & S1 but also have arthritis. What would be the best mattress to purchase.
The mattress you purchase for a 300 pounder and the one you purchase for someone half that weight, are likely to be two different beds. Having just had the surgery, the recommendation a year from now could be very different. Your bulging disc problems and arthritis are chronic and will remain. But at 150 pounds, they won't bother you as much.
Your situation is such that you have conflicting problems....weight aside. Your disc problems require firm support and you arthritis requires a soft surface. The problem with soft top mattresses is, they don't keep their shape. At 300 or 150, you'll still need to address your condition in two parts...a mattress on the firm side and a soft topper. The reason for the topper is a matter of control and economics. When the padding in a soft top mattress compresses and loses it's shape, the whole bed is shot. When a separate topper wears, only the topper needs to be replaced and not the mattress. Also, you can better control the degree of softness you need. If you get a latex foam topper, the topper is likely to outlast the mattress. They are that durable.
The issue of weight doesn't change your disc or arthritis problems, but it does have an affect on how strong a mattress you need to buy. At your current weight, we recommend the Therapedic Two-sided firm mattresses....adding to that, a 2" soft Talalay Latex foam mattress topper.
My thought is, (if your current mattress still has some life to it), get the topper now and make what you have more comfortable. You can buy the mattress later if the topper alone isn't enough.
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