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I purchased a gel memory foam mattress set and have slept on it for three nights now. I have to say its the most comfortable mattress I've ever slept on. All three nights have been wonderful.

However since the first night I've had chest pain around my heart and also some pain in my left shoulder. I believe it's respiratory, and that it's coming from the chemicals in the mattress off gassing. When I go run, the pain around my heart becomes really severe.

My question: is is this normal? Has anyone else experienced anything similar? I'm going to sleep on the couch for a few nights and try to let this mattress air out (something I neglected to do when I received it). Do you think this will help? I really like this mattress and don't want to get rid of it.

Any advice is appreciated.

asked May 07 '13
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I am experiencing similar chest pain, checked out OK at the doctors, and began suspecting my memory foam mattress, because I seem sink in more at the top than the bottom, even though I am of normal weight. So, I wondered if this angle puts pressure on the heart in some way?

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I agree with Debi. I've sold beds for 30+ years and have never had this complaint. Please see your Doctor.

answered May 08 '13
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Hello Jake,

I have been selling mattresses for over 8 years and have never heard of this reaction. The 2 biggest complaints against memory foam have always been, in my experience, heat and smell. Many, many memory foam beds have been returned under our comfort exchange due to the smell. Only a few of the new gel memory foam beds have been returned, though. We always tell our customers that these beds do need to be aired out. We even recommend putting clean socks on and walking on your bed. Sounds crazy, I know, but it helps push the air out and speeds up the process. I would try airing it out but I would suggest you see a doctor as well. It may just be a coincidence that this issue started when you received your new bed. I would hate for you to misdiagnose yourself, especially when it comes to the heart.

Hope this helps! -Debi

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Ok, i set up an appointment for the doctor today and ill see what he says

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Well, i went to the doctor and it turns out I have a deflated lung. Not sure what caused it but doctors say the mattress is fine, just a crazy coincidence. Thanks to all for your help.

answered May 09 '13
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I am sorry to hear you have a deflated lung. Sounds awful. Please tell your doctor there are a lot chemicals in mattresses that can make people sick. Formaldehyde, chemical flame retardants, pesticides, petroleum oils. These chemicals can aggravate breathing and many of these things I mentioned are also known to cause cancer. Just because you can't see it or no longer smell chemicals it doesn't mean it's not there. Exposing a weak immune system to more chemicals is probably the last thing a person needs to do.

Formaldehyde, which is used to make one of the adhesives that hold mattresses together, has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose, and throat cancers. And then there are cotton pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals, which can cause cancer and nervous-system disorders. In 2005, Walter Bader, author of the book Toxic Bedrooms, sent several mattresses to an Atlanta-based lab. A memory-foam model was found to emit 61 chemicals, including the carcinogens benzene and naphthalene.

Thanks for the update on your health. I hope you get well soon. - Joyce

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I would see a doctor also. Your health is something you don't want to mess around with. Other people have complained of illnesses mostly auto immune, breathing difficulty and nervous system disorders they feel was caused by off-gassing of their mattresses.

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