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Tempurpedic Rhapsody Memory Foam Mattress Has Made My Bad Back Worse.

Kelly writes:
Hi Pete,
I am now looking to purchase mattress #3 within 6 years.  
The first mattress was a cal king Simmons Beautyrest Black in early 2009, whichever one was “the dream bed”.
My husband wanted this after sleeping on it in a hotel.  The bed was damaged on the way in to our bedroom (bent over a staircase post). 
I didn’t realize for a few days that it was damaged when they bent it over the post… we were stuck given the no return policy and no proof they bent it. We simply positioned the bent side at the foot and lived with it.  Within 6 months it began to sag and we would roll into the middle of the bed.  
My husband is about 325 lbs and I am about 175.  I think it should have lasted a little longer.  
I figured maybe it was just too soft, not enough support for us.
In January 2011, I purchased a Tempurpedic Rhapsody cal king.  
Now, I have a Queen Beautyrest World Class Baymont Extra Extra Firm bed in my spare room, it is currently 16 years old.
It has a tempurpedic topper on it since 2006 or 2007. I love it, which is what made me look at tempurpedic.  
When I purchased the Tempurpedic Rhapsody, I was cautious.
I called them multiple times and explained that while my husband didn’t care about firmness, I required firm, really firm.  
I had had three back surgeries the last one was a dbl fusion in 1998.  
They told me the Rhapsody would be great. I found a store that had them and tried it out. It was winter, so it was firm when I tried it in the store.  
I bought it, it was delivered in February 2011, frozen, they actually couldn’t bring it to the bedroom, they had to come back after it defrosted.  
At first the bed was great.  It was not until AFTER my 90 day trial that the weather warmed up and the bed softened up.
I then had issues getting out of it and moving in it. 
Specifically, if  I was on my back I could not roll onto my side without twisting the upper half of my body.  
I called Tempurpedic, I was about 2-3 weeks outside of the trial, they basically told me I was SOL.  
I called them multiple times throughout the next few months asking how I could fix this, should I put a topper on it??  
No advice, no nothing, basically eat the 4k I spent on it.  
I slept in my other bedroom for about a year when my back started seriously bothering me, the Tempurpedic bed would make it worse.
Fast forward to today.  I am recuperating from a micro-discectomy at the level above my fusion (3 weeks ago).  
I have been sleeping in my spare bedroom since.  I had an mri of my entire back. I did not have a herniation at this level at that time.  
I do now and a bad one, that caused a drop foot on my right side (trip over my own foot, no driving, etc).  
One of the surgeons said the repetitive twisting in the bed very well could have caused it.   
If i could only prove it, then maybe Tempurpedic would be paying for the next mattress.
So here I am.  My husband wanted me to look at a sleep number. ha!  
I told him earlier, if you don’t care about the firmness then I don’t need to buy a sleep number and then worry about a pump failing or mold or spend another 4k on yet another bed that probably wont last.  I want what I have in my spare bedroom….hard hard hard, like sleeping on my floor.
And, a nice NOT highly conforming topper, something only to alleviate the pressure in my shoulder when I sleep on my side.
Any advice?  The only other nice to have feature would be not feeling it when my husband moves in the bed.
Thanks, Kelly


Hi Kelly,

One of these days, someone is going to get wise, put two and two together, and sue Tempurpedic for the damages, pain and suffering.

It’s the memory foam that is the source of your problems.

That Tempurpedic mattress made your bad back worse.

Your old Simmons Beautyrest uses an individually pocketed coil unit and there’s NO Memory foam in that mattress.

Today’s Beautyrests are upholstered with nothing but memory foam.

Memory foam is the absolute worst upholstery material ever invented. It is specifically designed to need frequent replacing.

All of the name brands have been sold and the products they make, today, are nothing like what they had made in the past.

Today, it’s about profit and the quality is no longer there….certainly nothing that will support a 325 pound man.

The individually pocketed coils, is what prevents you from feeling each other move on the mattress.

Here is a link to The Natura of Canada Greenspring mattresses.


Greenspring Liberty Plush Euro Top. Experience deeper, more restorative sleep with the Liberty Plush Euro Mattress. Lush helpings of natural ingredients come together with a foam encased coil unit to gratify your hunger for luxury, affordability and eco-integrity.

The “Firm” model is what you want.

Add to that, an EverEden Pure, All Natural 2″ Soft Vytex Dunlop Latex Topper.

Shown here:


Vytex Dunlop Latex Topper

Soften the surface of a too firm mattress. Insulate yourself from the memory foam in your mattress to Sleep Cool. Extend the comfort life of your mattress.

Together, they will provide everything you asked for…and last for many years…even under a 325 Lb. man.

There is NO Memory Foam in these items.

Delivery is free and there’s no sales tax.

I suggest using a waterproof mattress protector with every mattress.
Keeping your mattress clean and dry will greatly extend the life and loft of the upholstery materials inside. Ours sleep cool and make NO Noise.
Shown here:
Thanks, Pete

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