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fibro pillow talk? 
26th-Dec-2013 03:05 pm
dead parrot
Greetings to all my fibro friends.

I am in the market for a new pillow in hopes that I will wake up less achy.

Any suggestions of what make of pillow might help are VERY appreciated.

Happy Holidays!
26th-Dec-2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
This is the one that I have, and I just love it. It's meant to be a cushion, rather than a pillow, but I find it gives me excellent neck support (FWIW, I'm a side sleeper). I sometimes feel like I've tried a million pillows, but this one's only now starting to flatten, and I've had it for probably two and a half years now. I use it in combination with an older, flat pillow between my knees which seems to help my back.
27th-Dec-2013 04:33 pm (UTC)
I sleep on my back and side and occasionally stomach. If I could pick one it would make selecting a pillow easiler.

Thanks for posting!
27th-Dec-2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Eek! Yes, that definitely complicates things.

I sometimes lie on my back--it helps when I have whole leg pain. Then I just use the second pillow that normally stays between my knees. Maybe two pillows might help you? Or three! (I actually have a third pillow, though that's mostly for the dog who apparently thinks she requires a pillow). Or maybe that would be a huge complication that you don't need. :)

Not a problem!
26th-Dec-2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
I use a memory foam pillow that allows for two different types of support - looks like a wave - and even though I sleep on my side, I use the smaller hump because I always wake up on my back and find the side hump is too high and throws me out of wack.
One thing I have noticed is that if I can keep my upper shoulder propped up when I'm on my side - I use a teddy bear - it makes me less stiff in the mornings. It's easier for me to get up and stretch than if I don't have that support there.
27th-Dec-2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I never thought of a teddy bear :)
27th-Dec-2013 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm a side sleeper, and I've been much, much more comfortable since getting these Chaps pillows: http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-c34515/chaps-400-thread-count-firm-down-alternative-pillow.jsp

They don't last an extremely long time, but they go on sale frequently (they're on sale now). To me, they feel like my head/neck is supported, but in a soft/cushiony way.
27th-Dec-2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
They're inexpensive enough to try. Thanks for replying!
27th-Dec-2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
i rotate between pillows. i have a micro-bead pillow that is bespoke for traveling because i CANNOT get comfortable on hotel pillows. (side sleeper here)

at home i have a body pillow to drape my leg and upper arm across, and then i'm either using a micro-bead pillow, a solid memory-foam pillow (with the waves as described upthread), or the new one i just got which is also memory foam, but it's pieces of memory foam.

the memory foam pillows are great but sometimes are hot. (sidenote: i am also menopausal.) and right now since i'm having severe shoulder pain, i've got a combination of a microbead pillow and a solid foam *wedge* so that i can sleep on my back. i'm difficult LOL
5th-Jan-2014 01:11 am (UTC)
Buckwheat pillows!!

They are noisy, not cushy, but man... I would never go back to a regular pillow. My whole body aches after sleeping on a normal pillow compared to these.
But they are expensive. I bought mine about 6 years ago and it's still okay, though.
If you google "buckwheat pillow" the site that is called perfectpillow is the one that I have.
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