Memory foam pillows, formaldehyde and migraines

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Memory foam pillows, formaldehyde and migraines

Post  Almostangela on Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:34 pm

A coworker was absent yesterday because she got a new memory foam pillow and had a bad allergic reaction to it and her face was all swollen and she had trouble breathing. She did research and found out that the pillow had formaldehyde in it that the manufacturer used to keep the fibers lasting longer. Further research found that this was a common practice in some bedding industries.

Another side effect of formaldehyde allergy is....you guessed it....migraine. For those of you experiencing morning migraines. Time to check that bedding.

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Post  pen on Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:36 pm

Well its not a problem with my pillow, but how interesting, and worrying.
I hope everyone using them checks their's out before bed tonight.

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Post  dcook60 on Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:51 pm

i would have adored sleeping on a memory-foam pillow or mattress. having fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, and daily migraines means i always hurt, everywhere.

i gave several different kinds the "sniff test" years ago, and found they are all intolerable for me.

the formaldehyde MIGHT air out if i had a place to do that for about a year.......but it would be an expensive mistake if it didn't work. dianne

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Post  HeelerLady on Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:43 am

I have a sleep number...did you check that one out Diane? It's basically a giant air-mattress but you can adjust it. I have a pretty pronounced curve in my back and it conforms better - no pressure points or sore spots. I highly recommend it if it wouldn't cause you other problems.

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did it stink at first?

Post  dcook60 on Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:51 am

i would think it would, since an air mattress has to be made of plastic. anyway, i only have room for a twin bed, so i imagine they don't come that small. i'll check, though, and i appreciate the tip. thanks, dianne

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Post  Senna on Sat Apr 17, 2010 12:16 pm

I was wondering about that.
IT is interesting what you say.
I bought a memory pillow last year - I wanted to try how it feels to sleep with one ( I have AS in my neck) but immediately I unpacked it, I had this strange feeling that something is not right, a faint chemical smell. I thought it might be the plastic packaging, but yes, this pillow gave me a h/a. Not a bad M, just a h/a for quite few weeks. It was good for my neack, bad for my head - definitely.

I tried to air that pillow properly in meantime, and eventually I did not feel the smell any more, so gardually my head has improved as well.

But I am convinced that it was that pillow. I still use it, but I will not buy the memory mattrass - even though I really want one.
I have a "bad feeeling", a sort of premonition, that it is going to make my head worse. I have learned to follow such feelings and listen to them.

BTW air mattress also gives me a h/a ! IMy son has air matress for his tent and they sometimes use it at home when they have other children visit, and the smell makes me run away from the room. So beware of any plastic/chemical materials as we just do not know how they will affect us.

The same is true about carpets. New carpet can be a killer!


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Post  theresae on Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:49 pm

i definately agree with the smells and headache thing, anything that smells chemically will irrate me and eventually give me a migraine, so those pillows would be a no no for me,

i wonder if it only triggers migraines in people who already suffer from them or whether it triggers migraines in people who never normally get them?

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Post  pen on Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:54 pm

Theresa are you a member of MAA. Cant remember.
Their new newsletter is awful, it is printed on high gloss paper.
I have to put it in the garden for a day or two before I can get near it.
My daughter put it out for me and inadvertently touched her lip, which then swelled up...

I have mentioned it and a few other people have concurred.
It seems bizarre to me to send that to migraine people.

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Post  Brent on Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:05 pm

It's also an ingredient in many vaccinations. Never mind the EPA says there is no acceptable healthy level for formaldehyde.

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memory foam and plastic

Post  dcook60 on Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:58 pm

i'm glad we're having this discussion. it gives me a chance to reiterate my "multiple chemical sensitivity" diagnosis. i've had the name for it, for 25 years or so, (named by a holistic m.d.) and have had the symptoms for way over 30 years.

some of us just can't live in the world as it is. if we try to go places and use things which other people find are no problem, we definitely suffer. in silence, because nobody believes us.

however, so many more folks are finding they can't stand perfume and other highly-scented items (like laundry detergent and the killer dryer sheets) that the manufacturers are forced to come up with unscented versions.

another thing to remember is that "unscented" does not mean fragrance-free. there is usually a MASKING FRAGRANCE in unscented-labeled products. how deceptive can you get?? when i buy stuff it has to say "fragrance-free" in order to be safe for me. dianne

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Post  jwar on Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:24 pm

Just for an alternative viewpoint: I experienced a reduction in migraines and back pain after getting my tempurpedic mattress and pillow. There's no stress on my spine and neck when I sleep now, and that greatly reduces my daily level of muscle tension, which is a huge contributor to my migraines.

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Post  Brent on Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:31 pm

I enjoy being trapped in my treatment room with a heavy smoker that uses cologne to try to mask the smoke smell. It doesn't work, instead it quadruples the stench. Even if they are not smokers I am still surprised at how many colognes are out there that are nothing short of demonic smelling.

Many times I can guess the name of the cologne.

Such as....... Cherry bubble gum and skunk, paint thinner and dish detergent (my fav), burning trash pile and rotten eggs.

And sometimes they will use the art of scent fusion with one of the above select colognes, smelly arm pit and garlic breath. It's truly a wonderful bouquet of olfactory hell.

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Perfume

Post  Guest on Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:16 pm

In my younger years, before migraine, if I dared to put on perfume I immediately got a bad headache. I tried it again (perfume) in about early-thirties and alas the same pounding headache occured. Some things never change.... Also, having to traverse the perfume department in a store is always fun. I rush through trying not to breath. What a life.

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Post  BC on Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:37 am

Unfortunately formaldehyde is found in clothing, building products, household products, new carpets, mattresses and a ton of things in between.

I am an RVing fanatic and have owned many motorhomes and travel trailers over the years. They are notorious for using lots of building products with formaldehyde. I don't seem to have a problem with it and in fact I seemed to have less migraines when I'm on vacation in the motorhome but that's probably due to my stress decreasing 2000% from not being at work.

When I purchased my last motorhome (new) the smell was really strong. It's a bit deceiving because it isn't necessarily a "bad" smell. It still didn't give me a headache but I could smell it for sure. I had to open the windows at every chance I had to help with the outgassing. It is 2 yrs old now and is better but I can still smell it.

My daughter has mastocytosis (it's a rare mast cell disease which I may have as well) but many of the masto patients are sent into anaphylactic shock from smells. Whenever we have our annual meeting or local support group meetings everyone knows that they and any of the guests they bring cannot wear perfume or even any scented lotions, hairsprays, etc. It's always a challenge to find a hotel for our annual meeting that will accomodate our requests for food, smells, etc. One year even though they thought everything was covered, there was a Mary Kay convention in a nearby room!!! It was a disaster.

Definitely something to think about.

Take care, Beth

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Post  HeelerLady on Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:40 pm

I'm not sure what your sensitivities are Diane. I do know that Sleep-Number come in twin size but they are rather pricey.

One thing you could do is find a Select Comfort store (they sell the Sleep Number beds and other things) and test it out and see if the construction materials would be a problem. I know I went to one, found my sleep-number and realized what I knew all along - that I need a softer bed or I end up with a backache and pressure points on my hips (now paying for sleeping in a hotel this past weekend).

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