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:)
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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