I'm 5'8", 230 lbs and both a back and side sleeper. I hurt my back 2 years ago and have pain from a herniated disc at L5/S1. I've also been dealing with pain from Sciatica for a little over a year now. I've gotten some relief by placing a stiff board under my side of the mattress, but feel we could do even better. We'd like to get a new king or queen size mattress and want to get one that would most beneficial for my back and sciatica pain. What type/brand of mattresses (and/or pad) would you suggest and what should I avoid.
Thank you very much! Joe.
The best way to relieve yourself of as much pain as possible, is to keep your spine properly aligned. The sciatica comes from a pinched nerve at the base of your spine. Un-pinch that nerve and the sciatica goes away. Unfortunately, nothing will make the herniated discs heal...but keeping them properly supported will help. Extra Strength Excedrin will do the rest. (Ask your doctor before taking any OTC medication)...but it works well for me.
The mattress needs to be reasonably firm and it needs to stay that way as long as possible. A mattress begins to wear as soon as you start using it.
The "wrong" bed, more times than not, is the one the salespeople try to push.
The things that are at the top of the list of things that cause a mattress to wear more quickly are: Memory foam and Pillowtops. Avoid them as you would the plague.
A topper is something you buy to soften the surface of a mattress that is too firm. And, as with anything else, some work better and longer than others.
A latex topper extends the life of a mattress, as well as making it comfortable. Latex is extremely resilient...absorbs much of your body weight, which leaves less work for the mattress. The combination of a firm mattress and a latex topper provides you with support that doesn't change, nearly as quickly as the mattress alone does.
At your weight, this combination becomes your best option....Simmons Beautyrest World Class Annapolis Place Firm Mattress w/ a 2" soft Talalay Latex topper.
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