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    Advice on mattresses

    Hi everyone
    I am experiencing pain in my hips and lower back while sleeping at night. I sleep on my back as I cannot move throughout the night. I have recently started to experience pain in my hips and back and was wondering if anyone could offer a solution. I have looked at a mattress topper which is designed to prevent bedsores by alleviating the pressure at various points during the night automatically using a pump.

    Has anyone use this type of mattress aid to help with a restful nights sleep.

    Many thanks,

    Tony

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    Hi Tony,

    Sorry about your pain.

    Your OT or Nurse will assess your mattress needs and should provide a mattress appropriate to your pressure sore risk.

    In the immediate term, try putting a pillow under your knees to take some weight off your lower back and see if you think pillows anywhere else would help.

    A profile bed may be good too, with the appropriate pressure relieving mattress - your Community Nurse usually looks after this.

    I also cannot move and sleep all night on my back - I'm in the "very high risk" category for pressure sores but sleep comfortably on an appropriate alternating air mattress.

    Love Ellie.
    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Limb Onset.

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    My husband is also very high risk and sleeps on his back. He has an airwave mattress and profile bed supplied by OT from NHS and loves his bed. Also is it free and they will assess you for exactly what you need. Tony has loads of equipment, special shower chair, slings, hoists, riser/recliner chair etc all supplied by NHS for free. They will upgrade as a persons's needs change and service the equipment, replace and mend as needed.

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    Spitfire, I used to sleep on my right side but now on my back. My local Council been very good they provided a Hospital bed. This is very comfortable it raises the legs from knee area and the back from hip area and you can tilt it down and back so get very comfortable.
    Best wishes John

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    Hi everyone

    Thank you for all of your comments and advice I have just had an OT advisor round who has assessed my needs and will help in providing a solution.

    Many thanks to you all

    Tony

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