First off - I have had back problems for a year now - supposedly due to something called upper/lower cross syndrome. I have pain in my upper back as well as hips and lower back.
I was sleeping on a pillow top mattress that had developed a large crater in the middle so I decided to try a new mattress in hopes that it might help with my back. So nearly two months ago I took delivery of a PLB Beautiful which I paid a small fortune for. It seemed really high quality and comfortable in the store.
After the first night of sleeping on it my lower back was in agony. After a couple more nights of sleeping the agony went away but it still felt kind of too hard and uncomfortable and I would wake up with back pain (which in and of itself is not unusual because I’ve been waking up with back pain for a while). Now, it’s been almost two months and the store has a 60 day policy so I have to make a decision.
I’m feeling like it’s just not as comfortable as it should be for the amount I paid for it and I wake up stiff and sore every day. The problem is… is that due to my existing back issues or did I get the wrong mattress? I see tons of good reviews out there on these mattresses and it does seem very high quality. I’d hate to go through the huge pain of trying to return it or exchange it only to find out it’s not the mattress but rather just my back issues in general.
I’m not sure what to do and I’m running out of time…
EDIT: I should clarify the issues:
- It feels hard - especially on my upper back area like between the shoulder blades. IF i sleep for a while on my back (i’m typically a back or side sleeper) when I get up I’ll have some bad pain right in the middle of my back - it gets worse if I like arch my back - this goes away not long after getting up.
- Hip pain, which is supposedly due to sciatica although I have some doubts about that, has been getting worse. Especially when I wake up I have a lot of hip pain until I walk around a bit.
- stiff neck - this is less apparent but sometimes I wake up with a stiff sore neck.
The thing is, I definitely had hip pain prior to this mattress, but it seems like it has been getting worse - whether due to the mattress or not I can’t say. The mid back issue may have also started prior to this mattress but I’m not sure. IF so it has definitely got worse.