Wednesday, March 17, 2010 ArtyRA, Community Member, asks

Q: Beds and RA

I've been blaming my bed for my aches and pains before I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I'm in the market for a new bed in hopes some aches and pains won't be as bad (wishful thinking but worth a shot, not an enbrel one either ahah). Any suggestions for beds that work with our disease? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! -Andrea

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
3/23/10 12:55pm

I hear great things about memory foam - a whole mattress made of memory foam is very expensive, but you can get a memory foam pad to put on top of whatever mattress you decide to buy.


One caution, though - I'm not sure if memory foam is appropriate for someone with latex allergies, so you if you have such an allergy, doublecheck it.

kcuts, Community Member
3/18/10 11:30am

I realize each of us is different and we were told by the salesperson do not buy a pillow top as they tend to get bad (the top anyway) the fastest.  We paid 2500 for a bed two years ago and it was a pillow top that ended up with huge craters where we slept.  We ended up going with a Tempur-pedic from the HD collection, I don't recall if it was the Rhapsody or the Bella Sona.  LOVE IT!!!  Both my hubby and I have bad backs in addition to my RA and it is the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on.  I put a foam topper on it from Sam's Club.  This has helped me sleep comfortably and a lot of nights sleep is my relief. 

Hope, Community Member
3/19/10 2:16pm
we just have the tempur -pedic matress topper its about 4 inches thick and it is great. I have AS and it relieves my back pain like you wouldn't believe. LOVE IT. Reply
ibme, Community Member
3/20/10 1:27am

Hey ArtyRA, Funny you should ask this question. I just bought a new Sealy mattress, and have had the best sleep I have had in a long time. My old mattress was worn out. I hurt all over when I woke up, not to mention tossing and turning all night. For me,  I bought a pillow top sealy. I have tried the temper pedic and did not like it. I felt like I was sleeping on a board. Anyway, there's my two cents worth. Happy mattress shopping.

Take Care,


ArtyRA, Community Member
3/21/10 8:59pm
Thank you for all of your suggestions. I have heard the good and the ugly about tempurpedic beds. I've heard the advice from they are wonderful all the way to "I felt like a beached whale heaving myself out of the bed." I plan on starting my search next weekend. I currently have a Simmons Beautyrest and paid an astronomical amount of money on the flippin mattress just to find out the whole thing kind of sunk. It is a pillow top. I was thinking about looking into sleep to live beds (any thoughts on those?), sertas, sealy, and sterns and foster. Is firmer or softer the better for our joints? I'm so flabbergasted with this disease and all I crave is a peaceful night sleep and not too many aches in the morning. Again, thank you so much for all of your input. I appreciate it! Andrea Reply
Feels like the TinMan, Community Member
3/22/10 6:59pm

I had some recent issues... sleep in a king size bed, and noticed I was waking up with a bad backache after 8 yrs of sleeping the best sleep ever on my Simmons mattress (now out of business). It felt like there was a divet in the mattress.  That was the first time I'd ever spent that much on a bed.  In going thru some old paper work, found the receipt for it and realized it had a 10 yr warranty and I was just going into year 8..  so I called the company from where I purchased it,  and they had a service person come out, inspect my bed, take pics, measured the 'sag' and spent about 15 mins checking everything out.  It ended up that the matress had slipped off the center divider of the king bed frame, enough that it wasn't supporting my back. He pushed it back on the frame, suggested I take a couple old paperbacks and tuck them inside the frame on the siderail to secure the box spring .. sure enough.. it worked like a charm . No more backaches! And it didn't cost me a dime for them to come check it out.

  Check to make sure your bed is securely in its frame. I felt kinda dumb afterward because I wouldn't have thought to check the frame. Good Luck!

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