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   Posted 8/13/2010 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I know this is not a pleasant subject but even my clothes are hurting me.  I wear loose clothes but it doesn't help and especially the leg of my panties hurt, more than anything else.  What am I supposed to do about that?  This has been going on for too long now.  I would appreciate any answers I can get.

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   Posted 8/13/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you are having this problem. All I can suggest is buying tap pants panties.
Tap pants panties have very short legs with slits on the sides. They are loose fitting
at the leg and just cover the rear. They are made to wear with loose trousers or
dresses. The only thing is, the waist band is wider in men's boxer shorts
...that might bother you too.

Somedays, my bra gives me that problem and a sports bra will feel better.

Good luck to you!
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   Posted 8/13/2010 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Harley, I havent had problems with my panties but I have had where my jeans will bother me especially when I am laying down. It is really wierd, I think I have said this before but I honestly think the story of the princess and the pea came from a princess who had fibro. Sorry I have no suggestions to help with this one just wanted you to know I understand.
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   Posted 8/13/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Robin gave great advice.  As far as bras go, I only wear one when I leave the house.  They just hurt too much.  As far as panties, maybe you could try a size larger panty so the elastic isn't so binding.  I hope this symptoms goes away for you.
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   Posted 8/13/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I so feel for you. I went through the same "panty problem" last year. Have you tried any with cuffed leg bands? Some people don't think these bind as much as elastic ones. One I've tried is called "Lollipop" by Vanity Fair. This is what they look like:

If you Google them, you can find lots of stores that sell them.

Good luck.

Hugs - Austen

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   Posted 8/13/2010 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I'll definately check out your advise. And I too have the problem with the bra and either try not to wear one or go with the sports bra that hooks in the back. They don't seem to be as tight as regular sports bras or regular bras. It's just not right when you have to worry about 'this' much pain. I mean, wear underclothes shouldn't have to be such a big deal. :) Enjoy your weekends.

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   Posted 8/13/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to laugh when I read your post, Shirley, because I'm always telling people that I suffer from "the Princess and the Pea Syndrome!"  If there's a fold in the material, I'll feel it.  I just had to sacrifice one of my favorite necklaces to the church garage sale, because it's made of real stones (meaning it's too heavy and makes my neck cold.)  It's August, but the only jewelry I can wear is plastic, wood, or something else soft and light. rolleyes    I can only wear most of my jewelry with a turtleneck - and boy, do I get tired of wearing those EVERY DAY between October and May!!  Such is life.
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   Posted 8/13/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Debbie, TURTLENECKS!!!AAAAAA! If I wear a turtleneck I feel like I'm being strangled or hung or something terrible. I can't stand any fabric around my neck. Which means my neck freezes in the winter. Diane
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   Posted 8/13/2010 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes my skin hurts when fabric rubs against it. When this happens, I wear a tank top with a built in shelf bra. The close fitting tank keeps other clothing from rubbing my skin.

Another option for undies are the boy cut ones. They have short legs so they aren't as binding as regular women's undies. They look like men's boxer briefs only with shorter legs. I don't like loose undergarments but they can't be binding or tight either.

On really bad days, I wear wear a loose fitting skirt with spandex exercise shorts instead of undies. (I always wear shorts under my skirts because I'm not very ladylike!)

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   Posted 8/13/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean - when I was younger I couldn't stand anything around my neck, either!  Now if I couldn't wear turtlenecks (with cardigans), I doubt I could get through Winter. 
They have to be cotton...(no slinky material for me - even in Summer - makes me cold  shakehead  !)  They pretty quickly stretch out permanently, so they're not really tight, but they are frumpy looking!  B-O-R-I-N-G!
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   Posted 8/13/2010 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad you started this topic. I thought I was the only one who ever found some panty elastic just too painful. It doesn't happen all the time but it did for a while. Actually, for a while, I had a pair of leggings with a label in the back - that *&$!#$ label hurt like a *&^%$#! OMG! Not any more - but for a while it made me go insane.

Like Robin and Dagger noted, I find tap pants, or boy shorts to be the right thing for me. The ones I have are all spandex mixed with cotton material - meaning all of the material is the same amount of stretch - no separate elastic band sewn in. They hug evenly. They can give the occasional wedgie - but not often and not that bad. (TMI? Sorry! I can't believe in my youth I wore *gasp* thongs. How on EARTH did I bear that?? Yowza it hurts even to think about it now!)

Also - for a while, I was working on a patten for sewing boy shorts out of t-shirt material. That was even more comfy. However, you have to get the sizing just right so they stay up. :D I was losing weight at the time so I abandoned that for a short while. Once I stabilize I'll try again.
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   Posted 8/13/2010 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Pnties havent been to much of an issue with me as of yet. Although i do wear cotton bikini briefs, nothing fancy or lacy. Bras... I love my sports bras that latch in the front, easy to put on and off and way more comfie than others when flares are happening! When i am at home, I really try to avoid wearing much at all. I always advise people that they should call before coming over cause i am not usually fit for public consumption when at home!
Oh pants... i finally today decided i dont care if it is a 16 and not a 14, i buy what is comfortable!! if it binds at all while putting it on, i put it back!! tops are the same way, if they have a ton of buttons or elastic things.. back they go. I have learned forget what size it is, as long as its comfy.

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   Posted 8/14/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Amen to that.
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   Posted 8/15/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL.... this is awesome.... As far as Panties and Bra's go.... YUK... My kids laugh at me because I'm a size 12 and wear what they call Granny Panties.... I will buy them as big as I can get and they better not bind anywhere.... Bra's are only for leaving the house or if company comes in. They just hurt too much. I acutally wear more bathing suit tops, the ones that look like tank tops that have the built in bra. Much more comfortable than a bra...

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