Orthopaedic adjustable beds

nicola18 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi everyone I've been looking into buying an adjustable bed with soft mattress, I have fibromyalgia and most of the pain is centred in my back and neck, I also have a prolapsed disc and arthritis in my spine, I've tried memory foam mattress toppers and bed raisers to no avail does any one know where I could possibly buy one fairly cheap Plz?  


  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,790 Championing
    Hi @nicola18, and welcome to the community!

    Best of luck with your bed search! There are some websites online such as Willowbrook which offers beds that may be suitable for your needs, and it might also be worth searching for grants to see if you can get any help with the costs of these- I know this type of equipment can often be costly.

    I wonder if @Jean_Scope could also offer any advice? 
  • Jean_OT
    Jean_OT Community member Posts: 513 Empowering

    Hi @nicola18

    Welcome to the community.

    Adjustable beds do tend to be fairly expensive, even second-hand and pre-used beds can be problematic for a range of reasons. Sometimes people are able to get charitable funding towards the cost of a bed


    DLF publish advice on selecting http://www.dlf.org.uk/factsheets/beds

    but, if possible, it is always best to be independently assessed by an appropriately trained person, such as an Occupational Therapist (OT).

    Sometimes OT's are able to arrange for people in clinical need to be loaned a specialist bed from a statutory agency. Failing that that the OT may be able to write a letter to support the person's application to a charitable funder. 

    Buying an adjustable bed new can be a big financial investment. I think that some bed companies will allow you to trial their product for a while before you commit to buying it. You might also want to explore the possibility of hiring a bed. Trialling or hiring might allow you to test out if you are going to get the benefits from a new bed that you are hoping for.

    Hope this helps




    Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT

    You can read more of my posts at: https://community.scope.org.uk/categories/ask-an-occupational-therapist

  • mariabarlow
    mariabarlow Community member Posts: 1 Listener
    Hello I got an ajustable bed second hand and the mattress has been killing me for eighteen months I’m on a lot of pain meds I need a harder single mattress putting sofa cushions on the floor is my only respite and if I can’t get up off the floor I can be stuck. Im at my whits end Im in such pain and seems to be making bad choices because of they way the meds effect me I just don’t need it. 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Championing
    Hi @mariabarlow :) I'm sorry that you're experiencing quite a bit of pain at the moment. Could you try getting a more suitable mattress second hand, such as from a charity shop, or somewhere online? I know they can be expensive.

    Have you spoken to your GP, or another medical professional, about your pain levels and how they're affecting you? 

    Would you like to tell us a little more about the bad choices you feel you're making because of the way the medication affects you?

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her