I hope all of you are well! I lived an extremely active outdoor life until my last semester working on my Masters degree. Section hiking 1,500 miles of the AT, river guide on the Ocoee, generally living life to its fullest! While stopped at a red-light a guy comes flying over the hill from behind and hits me going 55 mph+. Lower back injuries REALLY slowed things down. Backpacking was out of the question as a Paco Pad was the thinnest thing I could sleep on and still get up, LOL! Five years later I was riding along on a highway and a guy turned right in front of us. We were going the speed limit 65 mph. (The guy tried to flee the scene!) I was unconscious in the passenger seat. My seat belt released tension shortly after impact and threw my head into the window. My wife was driving and sustained a broken rib and had stitches on her head. There was NOTHING left in front of the tires! (Hundai Elantra) I am thankful we are both alive!! I fractured some vertebrae in my lumbar region that were not caught until a MRI almost a year later. Needless to say I am going to have a spinal fusion sometime this summer. I have already had 3 less invasive spinal procedures to no avail. I live in pain more or less all the time and my camping all but ceased... until I stumbled across Just Jeff's Hammock page! (Thanks again Jeff!)
Needless to say, hammocks have given me a new lease on my camping life so to speak. I have a Hennessy Expedition and am about to purchase something bigger and perhaps even more comfortable, which is why I write this. Have any back surgery survivors and back pain sufferers had excellent success in a SPECIFIC HAMMOCK over another? Can some folks who have been this route already give me some advice as to what you found to help? i.e. A hammock with a flatter lay, a bridge hammock perhaps, something more roomy?
Collateral Information (Don't waste your time unless interested...)
-I have severe sciatica from a L4-L5 impingement. Several herniated disks in the lumbar region. S1 is broken. The sciatica is so severe that it feels like a hot electrical cord cutting through my legs from the waist down.
-I am a side sleeper and occasionally sleep on my stomach to get some sciatic relief.
-I have had to self pay for ALL my medical care even though neither accident was my fault. I hired an attorney just to get my medical expenses covered (I have never had any interest in suing anyone) the attorney screwed me and then just dropped the case after getting only $6,000 for my medical expenses.