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Sealy Response Performance Memory Foam Mattress Causing Hip and Back Pain.

Mandy writes:
Hi Pete,

I have followed the blog a bit and have gathered a lot of insightful information for my current situation. 
I still wanted to reach out to you for a mattress recommendation.
I’m a middle aged, heavy  (200 lbs., 5’4″) pear-shaped female.
I have had a lot of recent neck, low back, and hip/thigh/leg pain issues. 
I tend to sleep on my back and sides.
But due to the discomfort of my thighs and hips recently, I have been sleeping more on my back with a small wrapped towel for support of my lower back.
The last few mattresses I have had are plush memory foam, and I’m starting to suspect they are the problem. 
My current mattress is a Sealy Response Performance  12″ Plush Tight Top.
It doesn’t support my low back and hips well. 
My pressure sensitive thighs complain, along with hip pain on the opposite hip, after about an hour of laying on my side on plush memory foam. 
The old guest bedroom Sealy mattress that helped for a bit.
It’s a Posture Premier Deluxe Maycrest Plush, but it is well past its lifetime.
I’m conflicted on getting a Firm mattress when I have had Plush for most of my life. 
The back problems suggest I need a Firm mattress with a 3-inch latex topper, correct? 
I do have reservations about that working for the pressure sensitive thighs when laying on my side.
The 3-inch latex topper sounds like it should resolve the pressure points for the hips and low back, as suggest here. 
Latex allergy shouldn’t apply here, correct?
I’m mostly looking for comfort and support with something removing the pressure on the thighs and resolve the back/leg/hip/shoulder/neck issues. It would be nice to sleep on my side for extended periods again.
I have been considering the Wolf Brolynn Two Sided Mattress with Duo Comfort.
But I’m not sure if it would fully fit the requirements. 
It would give me a bit more flexibility between Firm and Plush, but that would really only be extra insurance that something would work.
Thank you very much for your help. 
The blog is a fantastic resource, and it seems like you have helped many people in their search for a great mattress.

Thanks, Mandy

Hi Mandy,

The thigh pain is the result of sciatica, which is made worse by memory foam.

Once the natural alignment of your spine is restored, the thigh pain should subside.
Due to your size, the two sided Wolf would not be strong enough for longevity.
The good news is that the right mattress isn’t much more expensive.
That would be the Wolf Pocketed Coil/Latex Hybrid Adara model.
Shown here:
The pear shape is what makes the 3” latex topper necessary for better cushioning at the hip.
The topper to get is the EverEden 3” Soft Vytex Dunlop.
Shown here:
There’s no worry about a latex allergy from the topper nor the latex in the mattress.
The foundation you have is perfectly fine, so that doesn’t need replacing.
UPS shipping is free and there’s no sales tax.
We recommend using a waterproof mattress protector with every mattress.
Keeping the upholstery materials clean and dry will extend the life of the mattress.

Thanks, Pete

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