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   Posted 8/23/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
So with this fibro thing I am not at the point where my clothing hurts.  I had to search high and low for a very soft tshirt I can wear under my work clothes and tucked into my pants to prevent the pants waist band from bothering me.  I thought I bought some comfy cotton sweaters to wear on top of the tshirts, but it ends up they also are irritating my arms.  I thought I found really comfy tank tops to wear to work under jackets, but it ends up they have stitching around the arm holes and neck that really irritate me.
Anyone else have this problem?
Anyone have any recommendations for wear to get a soft comfy 100% cotton tank top for women, that has no stiching on it around the neck or arms, and has no nylon in it (I think nylon is worse at making me irritated)?????
Unfortunately I can't show up for work in no bra, a tshirt and sweat pants like I would like to tongue

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   Posted 8/23/2010 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I mean I NOW am at the point where my clothing hurts (I wrote 'not' by accident).

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   Posted 8/23/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Snue, when I get to the point where my clothes hurt, I wear a fabric made from bamboo (trade name is Modal). Mostly I can only find this in the lingerie/pyjama department of large department stores, but I have found tank and tee style separates that look nothing like pyjamas (Kohls has the most reasonable prices, JC Penney has them, too). They work well as layering pieces, and nobody would know if you didn't tell them. I think there are online stores that sell the organic bamboo clothing, but it is very pricey. Good luck, and I hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 8/23/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Ooooh.. I went through many years of that when I was younger. First noticed that I couldn't wear jeans anymore because the fabric hurt my skin. Bra's hurt, Sweaters killed me. I switched to dresses and yes Nylons! The nylons didn't rub at all. I still don't wear jeans because they hurt too much but now I just deal with Slacks and Polo type shirts.
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   Posted 8/24/2010 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your feedback. The stiching on the jeans is what kills me. That is a great idea about the PJ's and Modal. I always wondered what modal was. But am seeing bamboo made items more and more and more lately. I'll start searching for some things. thanks. glad I am not the only one. And dresses, that is an interesting idea, haven't done that in a long time.

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   Posted 8/24/2010 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
What hurts me is the lace on my undies or a thick hem around the legs. Jeans with a belt, the belt always feels like it is digging into my hip bones. I never connected it with the fibro till recently. Oh and about the jeans, they are not tight which is why a belt is needed, LOL.

I actually bought a few sun dresses this summer and I love wearing them.

Now, when people say clothes hurt does it mean just fabric touching skin or a slight pressure area? Fabric does not hurt me but any where there is slight pressure kills me and bras are out of the question.
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   Posted 8/24/2010 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I am hypersensitive to tags and rough edges of clothing as well. When I'm looking at new clothes, everything has to be evaluated; does it itch or scratch, feel rough, have any edges that will dig in....I try things on, walk around, move my arms (I hate rough stitching in the underarm area) and try to find any areas that will bother me long term.

I absolutely detest bras, but have to wear one when I'm out (never at home though). I've been properly fit on two separate occasions (both times determined the same size), but every bra I try on hurts my ribs or irritates my back. And I don't care what I try, my bra straps ALWAYS slide!!!

I am starting to see more bamboo fabric clothing out there which is great. I wear a shirt and panties to bed now, because I perspire so badly and the bamboo clothing is great for moisture wicking. Too bad I don't have the money to buy an all new wardrobe out of bamboo.

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   Posted 8/24/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Tags kind of hurt me so I either take them off or get something without a tag.  Bras are the worst for me.  Anything wool is awful for me too, but it always has been so I don't know if that's the Fibro with me or not. 




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   Posted 8/24/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
It's funny what bothers different people. I can't imagine not wearing an underwire bra, which I don't really notice, but I do have to buy a size that's too big around, or it hurts my back.

I can only wear good-quality gold post earrings, nothing heavy, or my ears get infected, so I almost never change them. I can't wear necklaces most of the time, because if they touch my skin, they feel cold (unless they're plastic, wood, or leather.) No slinky fabrics, either, for the same reason. (No matter that it's 95 degrees. I'm cold. I still need a sweater half the time.) Wool is out, acrylic that makes static is out. Itchy!!

Short sleeves are becoming a thing of the past, because (1) I'm usually cold, and (2) I have flabby arms that I don't want anyone to see. Same with scoop-neck tops - which are about all they sell anymore! I don't want to have to worry about bending over. My daughters say, "wear a tank underneath," but it never lays flat or looks right. In a couple of months, it'll be turtlenecks every day for me until about May. I haven't worn shorts for years. NOBODY is going to see my legs!

Nothing tight, nothing heavy. Nothing that has to be drycleaned, ironed, or worn with "flair."

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   Posted 8/25/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I very rarely wear a bra and honestly this was one of te very early symptoms for me. Anything that goes over my shoulders is uncomfortable on my arms. Most days I'm in boxers and a very loose tank. If I have to leave the house then it's a pair of sweat shorts or some capri pants i got last year that are tie waste and a size too big so not uncomforabtle on my thighs but sometime son my calves.

lol funny this would come out now because I just gave my mom a list of some things i would like for Christmas

What about shoes for you guys? I honestly can only wear flip flops or most recently athletic slides with cushioining on the inside. It's th eonly shoe I can wear that is halfway comfortable.

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   Posted 8/27/2010 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Susan

I'm not sure what kind of job you have but I where I work I can wear scrubs and they are very comfortable and not very heavy at all. I also have problems at times with wearing jeans to work all day so now for work I just wear my scrubs everyday. Just a thought if if you can wear them to work

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   Posted 1/18/2012 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
a tag on a shirt feels like somoeone is taking a ax to my neck, horrible disease

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   Posted 1/18/2012 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I had that piercing, slicing, burning feeling from a small measly tag on my shirt yesterday. No one... and I mean NO ONE... can possibly understand this feeling if they haven't experienced it. Just no words to describe it... If we tried to, people would give us crazier looks than they do already. Ha!

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   Posted 1/18/2012 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
amen to that

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   Posted 1/18/2012 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Susan,

I also have issues with clothing. I recently tried on a cashmere sweater for the first time, was told it should be okay for my sensitivities and it was not. The material itched a lot.

I even have issues with soft pj's and gowns for bedtime use. I purchased some silk long johns and these work well for me. Take a look at the website called Winter Silks.

Good luck to you.
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   Posted 1/18/2012 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I sure can relate to the painful clothes scenario.
What I find most irritating is the serging around necklines and armholes. Sometimes they add a plastic reinforcement under the serging, which makes it worse.
I don't have many clothes and dread shopping. I usually come home exhausted and empty handed.
I have to make my own pajamas from 100% soft cotton.
In fact, most everything I wear has to be cotton -- soft cotton.

Now and then Land's End will have some cotton t-shirts or tanks (with no spandex!) that have totally finished arm holes and neck. These work for me.

Those of us with vulvodynia problems might find pantyhose impossible to wear. Ditto for tight pants of any kind, including anything with lycra.
So that limits clothing choices even further.
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