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COULD YOUR MATTRESS BE CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR BACK PAIN?…

There is no question of a doubt that a poor mattress can exacerbate your back pain, and rest is an essential part of the treatment for back pain but how do you know if it’s your mattress that is contributing to it?

The Back Pain Expert says that a poorly suited mattress can put your spine out of alignment. Firmness and comfort are key issues, but it should also be noted that weight is an issue too.

Spine Universe comment that the average person spends approximately one third of their life in bed. Yet when it comes to where we sleep, we often do not consider how our mattress can affect our backs. No other piece of furniture in your house is used as often or affects your overall health more than your bed. 

There are a number of different types of mattresses to choose from innerspring, foam, flotation (water beds), and air mattresses, plus the foundation, often called a box spring. One particular company who cater for people with back pain is the N:Rem which is the only orthopaedic mattress with 5 interchangeable support zones. One reviewer wrote having severe back pain for most of my life, this mattress has helped me no end, getting comfortable, falling asleep and waking up without aches and pains, amazing!

It is customisable to your individual needs combining just the right amount of support and comfort to give you your best night’s sleep and was designed for back pain sufferers. You can trial it at home for 100 nights and pay on a payment plan. You can also get your first month FREE on the payment plan using this code BACKPAINBLOG .

Another company who specialises in designer mattresses is the Simba Sleep Mattress who created their mattress after extensively testing it with The Sleep to Live Institute whose research is based on profiling more than 10 million people and 180 million body profile data points. One reviewer put the best sleep you could wish for from a mattress. it cured my back pain, waking up each morning in a Simba mattress is like being on Cloud 9. Absolutely no regrets.

The majority of mattress companies say that if you’ve had your mattress for at least 5 years it’s recommended you are ready for a new one.

With so many mattress company’s on the market and the current state of the mattress industry (hint: shopping for a mattress is definitely moving to be an online experience) It can be really difficult to navigate all the options. Especially if you do purchase a mattress online, like so many people are, without ever feeling the mattress before the purchase. It never hurts to have more resources and more information, you can find more information put together by reviews.com on what to look for here and if you still crave more info the entire resource can be found here. Happy mattress shopping!

 

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TOBLERONE PEGS TO FUSE A PELVIC JOINT AND HELP BANISH BACK PAIN…

A new technique using toblerone shaped pegs to fuse a pelvic joint to help banish back pain has been introduced according to a recent article in the Daily Mail Good Health section.

As we all know around 80-90 per cent of us suffer from lower back pain at some point in our lives, which can be caused by the sacroiliac joint, which is where the spine joins the pelvis.

If all other treatments (injections, physio etc) doesn’t help then they can fuse the joint. This then ends the problem altogether as the joint doesn’t move much so the stiffness is not noticed as much. The latest technqiue uses three titanium pegs to fix the sacrum, the triangular bone at the bottom of the spine, to the pelvis. It can be done via keyhole surgery and has recently been approved by NICE as being safe and effective.

The pegs used are iFuse, which are triangular Toblerone shaped pegs made from titanium. The operation only takes around 30 minutes under general anaesthetic and recovery usually takes six to eight weeks but can take up to 12 weeks.

Michael Grevitt who is a consultant spinal surgeon at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham ( he performed my last spinal keyhole surgery), commented that ‘most say there is no pain afterwards or rate it a one or two out of ten’.

Of course there are some risks which include drilling close to an artery could mean there is a small risk of major bleeding or a blood clot, a small risk of nerve damage or infection and around 15 per cent of patients will need the other side operated on too.

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DOES THE HOTTER WEATHER INCREASE OR DECREASE YOUR PAIN?…

Most Fibromyalgia sufferers will agree that change of seasons can affect the pain of Fibromyalgia but can the hotter weather increase or decrease your pain?

Well, according to the website Fibromyalgia Symptoms, according to a study performed in 1981, a large percentage of fibromyalgia sufferers may actually be sensitive to changes in the weather. In this particular study, 90% of patients claimed that weather was one of the most important influences on their fibromyalgia symptoms. And fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t the only ones to experience weather-related symptoms. The weather also affects people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and osteoarthritis.

They say that warmer weather tends to ease the troublesome symptoms of fibromyalgia but when that baromatic pressure changes fibromyalgia sufferers often find that these changes in barometric pressure can ‘trigger’ muscle aches and pains. One thing that they say can also affect us is how the wind condition is. Whether it’s a light wind or a gale-force wind, wind generally causes a decrease in barometric pressure. This means that wind can trigger fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches in fibromyalgia sufferers.

One problem that I have in this sort of heat is that we automatically use fans around the house and although I want to cool down I can soon find that the draft can affect my neck and lumber spine, so I am constantly adjusting the fan to minimize the pain.

Blogger FibroDaze points out that “some heat sensitive people feel all-over heat sensations that seem to come from within their own body. Along with hot flashes, some people have problems with excessive sweating. Others may only have problems in their hands and feet, including puffiness and aching. Warm or hot weather can be unbearable with heat sensitivity.

When the weather gets warm, heat sensitive people with fibromyalgia often experience symptom flare-ups. Research has found that people with fibromyalgia exposed to hot temperatures report increases in: pain, headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depression. They are also more likely to have heat rashes and heat exhaustion or heat stroke”.

So, in answer to my question does hotter weather increase or decrease your pain I guess the majority of us would say ‘yes’ it does definitely increase our pain. On that note and in this very hot period make sure that you are fully hydrated, cool down with a shower or cool bath, use cool packs instead of heat packs and wear cool clothing.