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Back and Pressure Point Pain on an Ikea Latex Mattress.

Joseph writes:
Hi Pete,

I am male, 5’ 7” and 200 pounds. I bought an Ikea medium firm all natural latex mattress. 
By the second week my back started hurting and there were pressure points. 
My wife has a 2 inch latex topper from you so I tried it out. That made my hip and back pain worse. 
The 2″ topper is about five years old. 
My wife no longer uses it because the firm mattress you sold her has gotten soft enough for her to sleep on without it.
I returned the mattress and got the hardest latex mattress Ikea sells. 
I tried it in the store first and it was the only one I actually fell asleep on.
But, it is very hard. So, after about a week I tried the 2 inch topper. That made it worse. 
I’m now sleeping on the bed without the topper, but I can’t get a good night’s sleep and am waking up tired.
What do you recommend?

Thanks, Joseph

Hi Joseph,
I have 3 areas of concern, about all this.
1) This is the 2nd complaint I’ve received about a latex mattress that was purchased from Ikea,
    in a reasonably short period of time. It makes me wonder about the quality of their latex.
    Latex, especially latex from China, can be made with fillers, like clay, and still be called natural.
    Clay reduces the quality, the longevity and the comfort.
2) Even high quality latex isn’t for everyone. Over the years, I’ve found that large people with disc
    problems will need a more rigid base support than a foam mattress provides.
3) Concerning your wife’s bed….a latex topper does more than soften the surface of a mattress
    that is too firm. It dramatically slows the wearing of the mattress. I suggest that she continue
    to use her topper for that reason.
I recommend that you see a medical professional, to determine exactly what the problem is with your back.
My recommendation for a mattress, is a firm innerspring…with soft latex upholstery.
One of my favorites, is the Natura of Canada Greenspring Ultra Plush Mattress...the mattress we sleep on at home.
This mattress will provide the firm, contouring support to relieve your back pain, and has the surface comfort you need for a deep night’s sleep.
Here is a link to that mattress.
This mattress comes with white glove delivery, which includes removal of your old mattress.
Delivery is free and there’s no sales tax.
Protect and maximize your mattress investment. Use a waterproof mattress protector.

Thanks, Pete

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