For anyone who may have a Tempurpedic or other memory foam mattress or pillow I just wanted to make this known.

I purchased a Tempurpedic pillow and loved it.  It was the best pillow I'd ever had. 

Then, not too long after I got it, I started noticing that I was having trouble breathing.  It was just a mild issue at first, but noticeable.  Over time it started to get more serious.  I started thinking that I was having a reaction to my medicine.  I stopped taking it but it didn't help.  I then thought I'd developed an allergy to something.  I tried everything but the situation got worse.  I got to the point where I was literally gasping for air.  I felt like my lungs could not fill up with air.  I would wake up at night gasping.  Finally one morning it was so bad I told my husband "I think I need to go to the doctor!"  The doctor did a chest xray and blood work and an EKG but everything looked normal.  I went home frustrated.  I tried changing my diet, my hair products everything.  Nothing helped.  I just could not catch my breath.  I didn't want to go back to the doctor and have him think I was a hypochondriac.  I knew something was wrong but could not figure out why. 

Finally, out of desperation I did a Yahoo search for tempurpedic allergies.  The material is advertised as hypoallergenic so I really didn't think anything would come up.  I was shocked when a site called http://chem-tox.com/ came up with literally dozens of consumer posts about their health issues after buying this product.  This is one quote from the site;

"Below are 235 reports of individuals and children becoming sick
after purchasing a new mattress or pillow.
Research suggests the high level of chemicals evaporating from the product
could be causing the problem."

I also found a study done that showed that the gasses coming from this type of foam caused Respiratory distress in mice. (found here:)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10735518?log$=activity

I removed the pillow from my bed and put it in a closet.  Within three days my breathing had improved so much that I knew I had found the issue.  After 2 weeks the issue was practically gone completely.  We threw the pillow away for good and now I am back to normal.  After a year of being so afraid and stressed out and frustrated because I knew there was something wrong with me I am finally better.

This is just a cautionary post.  Something for you to consider before you decide on purchasing this product.  Go to Chem-tox or to http://www.pissedconsumer.com/ , put in "Tempurpedic" in the search box and read the post after post of health issues the consumers complain about after sleeping on this foam material.  Be careful out there!

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Babyshoe
Apr. 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Thank you for the headds up. THat was very nice of you. Glad you found out and are feeling better :)

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