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Lower back pain after buying new mattresses, can't sleep

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Hi,
I really hope someone can offer advice, I am to the point of desperation over not sleeping well. I bought a new mattress over the summer that ended up being way too plush/soft for me and woke up every morning with lower back pain. I am a stomach sleeper. I then exchanged it for a very firm mattress (which was probably too extreme) and now I find I not only toss and turn all night (mattress too firm), but I cannot sleep on my stomach at all without nearly instant lower back pain. Stomach sleeping is/was the only way I could get comfortable. Could I remedy it by sleeping with a pillow under my hips? If so, what size? And lastly, would a memory foam topper alleviate the hard mattress? I haven't had a good night's sleep in months now and I am beyond frustrated.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
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replied January 30th, 2011
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Hi jpo873...IMO, you are better off with the firm mattress...Soft and plushy can cause more problems...I can't tell you what to say on the memory foam topper...Before we got the new mattress in our Guest Room I spent $200 on one...Ended up throwing it away...Possibly you can talk to your salesperson and they may give you some allowance for the one that you have and get a new one....Take care...

Caroline
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replied February 3rd, 2011
Tips to make your new mattress functional to relieve your back pain and give good sleep.
Buy a medium firm mattress that allows the spine to flex and the mattress to conform to it. Don’t buy anything too soft or you won’t get enough support.
Use a down-filled or foam mattress pad to soften up that stiff mattress and allow your spine and back to flex and be cradled better.
Rotate your mattress often, at least twice a year, to reduce wear and stop those pesky pressure points that cause back pain.
Use a leg pillow between your knees when you sleep on your side, or prop your legs up if you like sleeping on your back.
Never sleep on your stomach as this puts pressure on the lower spine.
See a doctor or chiropractic specialist if the back pain persists or gets worse after changing your mattress or sleeping patterns. Don’t let sore muscles get in the way of a good night’s sleep!
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