Comfortable Bra??

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AustenFan
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   Posted 9/21/2010 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I know this has been discussed before, but I was unable to find it. Do any of you have a bra you can recommend? Style, brand, store, etc. I'm about at my wit's end with shoulder, arm and back pain, but if I don't find a bra that doesn't hurt, I'm doomed to seclusion inside my house. shocked tongue

Switching topics, is there a way to search just within a particular forum and not the entire site?

Thanks in advance.

Hugs - Austen

myjoy
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   Posted 9/21/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, yes, we all know the most comfortable bra is the brand called "none." :) Anyway, I find a sports bra to be the ticket when I go out of the house on bad days. I could NEVER wear an underwire - too much pain for that. nono   :-)

puppylover
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   Posted 9/21/2010 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Look at Dr, Marla's Wellness Bra. I think there is a video on Youtube. She is a cancer specialist and designed the bra. I keep thinking about getting one to try. When I first saw it only JC Penneys sold it through their online sales. I hope that it becomes available in stores. It does look comfortable.
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GSDgirl
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   Posted 9/21/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I agree...........it is none for me but that is nothing new, hated them all my life
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 9/21/2010 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Austen, I have to say for myself it is a sports bra. As far as doing a search within the forum I havent found a way to do that.
Gentle Hugs
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Sherrine
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   Posted 9/21/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree...no bra is a good bra.  I don't wear one at home or when walking but I do wear one when going out to the store and such.  Also, it's the first item of clothing that comes off when I get back home.
 
Bras are a pain...literally...but unfortunately some of us need to wear one.  Perhaps this site will help you find the right size for you and it won't dig into you so much.  Hope this helps.
 
 
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Alcie
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   Posted 9/21/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
How about a sleep bra or one of those really thin sports bras like Barely There?

I agree myjoy, couldn't wear underwire either. But if you need it to look respectable or for support it helps to go to a specialty store and try on several styles. Fit is more important than color or lace or anything else frivolous.
Alcie
 
 

Witchesblew
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   Posted 9/21/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I started on sports bras a few months ago, now i live by them; and like others said it is the first item to come off when i walk in the door... peole have a shoe holder well i need a bra holder! I do wear a underwire when i absolutely have to or to make the girls look cutsie... but usually comfort outweighs cutsie by a long shot!
Angela

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AustenFan
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   Posted 9/21/2010 2:32 PM (GMT 0)   
Thanks for all of the input. It seems like the general consensus is to try a sports bra (I haven't looked at those). Are there any particular brands I should try?

Hugs - Austen

crazykitty
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   Posted 9/21/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I like sports bras too, but if I'm dressing up I put on the real thing. The bras
that feel most comfy to me are the ones with the seamless soft cups(no wire),
the straps are wider than norm. I buy the Haines brand, nothing fancy but they
are of more comfortable than every thing I've tried. Good luck to you!

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Statgeek
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   Posted 9/21/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Be careful with the bra sizers - I used the one by Maidenform (I think) and it said I needed a 40AAA, then I used another one and it said I needed a 32DD.  There is no way both of those can be right! 
 
Body by Victoria are awesome.  The straps are wide and comfy and the fabric is soft and they don't bind.  I paid nearly $100 for two bras because I absolutely had to have that particular brand - but they have their semi annual sales where you can get them for less. 
 
Oh, also, the VC lady finally figured out my right size and that makes a big difference.
Sue

lisaanne2
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   Posted 9/21/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
sports bras are great but for days i am dressing nice vanity fair makes awesome bras, there comfortable and the wires are so padded they dont hurt at all , the way they are made its so nice and not expensive either.

bwfm
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   Posted 9/21/2010 11:15 PM (GMT -7)   
If you're a big girl, like me, go to Lane Bryant and have them help you fit and find a bra. I buy all mine from them and always wait until they are on sale before buying.

steppingstone
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   Posted 9/21/2010 11:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually don't wear one around the house, but I have to wear one when I leave home. I find that the most comfortable ones for me are the kind that hook in the front, and have no wires. They also have to be very soft. I have found some of these at Wal Mart for under $10.

AustenFan
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   Posted 9/23/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Well ladies, if you are in the market for a new bra, I don't recommend just going into a department store to be "fitted" like I did yesterday. shocked This sweet girl, God bless her, just couldn't not grasp the idea of fibro. sad

Her: "Your current bra band size is too big."
Me: "Yes, I know, but I have fibromyalgia, and I have to wear it loose.
Her: "But the support comes from the band."
Me: "Yes, I know, but I can't wear it that tight because it is too painful; I'm not that worried about support, just coverage for modesty."
Her: "You need this band size because blah, blah, blah" (I was starting to tune out)
Her: "Try these straps."
Me: "They don't have enough stretch and they cut into my shoulders, etc.
Her: "Can you get a Dillards credit card?"
Me: "Huh?"
Her: "You said you couldn't afford the bra, so maybe you could get a card to pay for it."
Me: ??? "I didn't say I couldn't afford it (although at those prices, maybe she was right tongue ); I said it was too painful."

This exchange went on for about 10 minutes. I finally said that I was running out of time (actually, I was running out of sanity devil ) and had to leave.

Moral of this story: someone who doesn't understand fibromyalgia or chronic pain will NOT be able to help you find a bra!!

We have a store in my town that caters to women who have had mastectomies and/or need bras in sizes that are hard to find. I'm going to make an appointment with them and see if they can help. *fingers crossed*

As an aside, I'm sure this girl is an excellent bra fitter for "normal" people. Unfortunately, I haven't fit into that category in years! turn

Happy bra hunting for all of those who, like me, are searching!

Hugs - Austen

Mrs_Mike
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   Posted 9/23/2010 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I wear one of those undergarment tank tops. I don't know the specific name for them. They always come with matching undies?? I can't STAND the feeling of the bras on my shoulders, back, ribs, etc. But I should mention that I merely wear it to cover the "headlights" as I don't really have ~too~ much else to lift up. I'm bra free 99.9% of the time. I'm slowly starting to deal with not worrying about what other's think.
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lisaanne2
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   Posted 9/23/2010 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Austen yea that would of driven me crazy too lol ,

those tank tops with built in bra suport are great too, can get them in the sport section .

MinnyMouse
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   Posted 9/23/2010 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Seems we all have the same issues here. I too hate bra's and refuse to wear them until I leave the house. Recently I have started wearing either a sports bra or better yet, I found some tops that have the sports bar built in by (Danskins) and they are awesome.

Good luck
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justmyimagination
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   Posted 11/27/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I also hate bra´s and don´t wear it until leaving home, but when I do, I buy them with out the wire and very loose.good luck

ladywithfibro
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   Posted 11/27/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I need a bigger bra, so I usually catch the sales at Lane Bryant as someone else mentioned. The helped me with sizing better than anyone else. If I am just going for coverage, I have a couple I got from Walmart. But to make them more "perky" and at my age that is hard to do, I use the LB ones. When I come home, first my shoes (barefoot girl here) then my bra comes off. My dtr's poor bf has to see me in a tshirt with the girls hanging down when they come over. rolleyes The poor guy.

Sherrine
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   Posted 11/27/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
 "Comfortable bra" is an oxymoron.   Definitely designed by a man during Medievel times!  skull
 
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Dagger
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   Posted 11/27/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently bought some Danskin sport bras from WalMart for $10 each. They are not your typical sports bras. They are more like regular bras. The ones I bought have underwires but they are more comfortable than any others I've worn.

I wear them to work where I have to look respectable. They aren't great but I can tolerate them. They have a few different styles including a front closing style.

Acheybody
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   Posted 11/27/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Strange, I wear an underwire and it doesn't bother me that much. Everything else does (fabrics, tightness, shoes, jewelry) but not that. Who knows??

Debbie
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Newt
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   Posted 11/28/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a hard time finding a comfortable bra that still supports. I shop a lot at Herroom.com as they carry 36DDD which is almost impossible to find - they even have some amazingly comfortable sports bra is regular sizes as well as odd sizes. But if you need the support, I use an underwire that is seamless, preferably cotton, wide, fully adjustable straps so you can loosen them on bad days and definitely no lace as that tends to really irritate things further. Herroom is also good on offering bras that do not look like battle armor - I have found that the more fabric/material there is, the more uncomfortable it is. Good luck with finding something that works!

Beba
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   Posted 11/28/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Warners Invisible Bliss wire free , I get them from JcPennys
$30.00 reg price but watch for sales, thats the only way to buy sometimes as much as 1/2 off.
Tried 4 other brands this summer alone just to find one that didn't bind, bunch, slide up or hurt.
Best ones I've found yet.
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