I have been researching mattresses and came across your site. I purchased a Tempurpedic pillow top mattress five years ago. It was never comfortable but about 6 months ago I developed shoulder and hip pain that was debilitating and constant. Since I have sciatica and neck problems, I thought it was just an exacerbation of my medical problems. Then I went to Nicaragua and was back-packing around staying in hostels. Needless to say the beds were not the best quality. But two weeks with no back aches was heaven. Came home and back aches started again, especially my left shoulder (my primary side to sleep on). I thought it was my pillow so tried a few different kinds. Then a few weeks after Nicaragua trip, I went to a cottage on Cape Cod. Everyone was complaining how uncomfortable the beds were, but I did not have any aches or pains. I had been suspecting that it was my mattress but refused to believe that after spending $3800, the problem was my mattress.
When I returned from the Cape I slept one night on the mattress and my shoulder pain started again. I started sleeping in my guest room and my pain has subsided. My question is, before I discard the mattress, can I turn a pillow top over? Will that help? What about a latex topper? Or do I bite the bullet and buy a new mattress?
Thank you for your help. I eagerly await your response.