If you suffer from scleroderma, then you know that there are a bevy of often misdiagnosed symptoms, as well as so many complications that itâ€™s hard to keep them all under control.Â Iâ€™ve written articles about fibromyalgia, arthritis, and sciatica, but have never tackled a bed recommendation for such an intricate and difficult problem as this disease.
This all came about when a customer inquired about a bed recommendation for someone who suffered from scleroderma.Â I did some research online, but found the most information by snooping around on the forums, and made a list of what people recommended the most.Â Remember, I am not a doctor, and I donâ€™t have this disease, this information is compiled from online posts of people who do suffer from the pain and complications of scleroderma.Â These recommendations may, or may not work for you, but theyâ€™re worth a try.
- The easiest problem to ease is GERD.Â Acid can be kept in the stomach by elevating the head of the bed, and sleeping at an incline.Â Of course, adjustable beds are great for this, they are recommended for acid reflux problems.Â A great option is the Pro-Motion base, which has all of the movement functionality, but not any of the expensive extras.Â However, as many contributors noted, if you need a pretty steep angle, and youâ€™re a side sleeper, this configuration is not going to work.Â Another great option is a wedge pillow, and there are longer versions that can be comfortable for side sleepers.Â My bed recommendation is to use one with a memory foam bed (such as a Spirit Sleep or Comforpedic), because it will form to the wedge better, and not slip.
- Similarly, if itâ€™s breathing difficulty that needs to be addressed, due to decreased lung function, sleeping at an angle can assist with this as well.Â Again, adjustable beds are great, or the wedge option can work as well.
- Finally, for this customer, the problem was pain.Â Unexplained (and undiagnosable) bone pain can be the worst symptom to address.Â The issue with this problem is that everyone will be comfortable on different beds, and one size does not fit all.Â However, it makes sense to me that the goal of the bed recommendation should be pressure relief.Â You can get good pressure relief from a thick pillow top (check out a Bernardsville Plush Pillow Top), or great pressure relief from a softer memory foam bed (the Balanced Days is an idea).Â Another benefit of these softer mattresses and memory foam beds is that they increase circulation, which can help with stiffness and pain in the extremities.
It must be intensely frustrating to not only feel terrible and have it misdiagnosed, but then to find out that there is no tried and true treatment, and no cure.Â You never realize how important comfort is until you donâ€™t have it anymore.
One forum contributor said that they have been sleeping for the past two years in two hour intervals, throughout the day.Â While this isnâ€™t optimal (or possible for some with regular out of the home jobs), it is a sustainable way to get your rest.Â The key is to take the time to find the most comfortable bed for you, and not to be concerned about price (you will feel better and can possibly get better quicker when youâ€™re getting quality rest).
On a last note, wherever you decide to buy your mattress, wedge, or other option, make sure that they have an exchange or return policy.Â We have both, and are more than willing to work extensively with any customer who has chronic pain like scleroderma.Â Good luck, feel better, and if we can help, let us know.
Some Helpful Resources for you to Download –
Download Free Scleroderma Information Packet – Scleroderma.org
Download Sciatica Resource Guide.
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Exercise for Arthritis – YouTube
Why Comforpedic is considered as theÂ Healthiest Mattress?