Friday, August 21, 2009

Costochondritis- Bra or no Bra

AHHH!!! Ok, ladies, we all know that wearing an under wire bra with Costochondritis is OUT of the question. ARG! Mine are actually in a box in the top of my closet. If you're a dude, be thankful. =)

For more on why the bra hurts us, click HERE.

OK- So I personally buy Flexees at Macy's and cut them short...or leave then as they are and wear a hoodie, jacket, or sweatshirt over it.



Flexees Bra #1

Flexees Bra # 2

Flexees Bra # 3

Flexees Bra #4 -this bra was recommended by a wonderful reader- thank you!!)

Spanx Bra #1 - This bra has no under wire. Recommended by a reader, thank you! I own this bra. Good to wear if I have to wear a bra. I mostly stick with camisoles and jackets.

Bra Extenders are another way to go. This gives you more room so your ribs aren't squeezed. Thanks Joanne!

13 comments:

  1. I have Costochondritis and fibromyalgia I suffer in chronic pain, I've had costo since feb 2011 please help me to get the pain gone..

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    1. I have both of them and ostearthritis etc I have found the doreen bra the best so far the pain is harder to deal with I am using fentayln pain patches 100mg which have to be change every three days I also have a cocktail of drugs I hope you find something to help

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  2. Hi Betty, its also a problem for me for several years now. Thankfully I have the right doctor to help me with the costo. Have had my ribs injected with cortisone, early days yet but its showing signs of improvement.
    Important to rest and not do anything that is likely to irritate the problem.
    Fatique is another daily problem for me too.
    All the best and hope u find the right help.
    LB

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  3. Hi, Betty, I've had costo for about 25 years, plus fibro and now arthritis, so i feel for you. Rest, not lifting heavy objects, hot showers all help. I use alternative medicine, too. Meditation, a nice back rub with a scented oil you like can help you relax so your not so tight and ease the discomfort some. You can also try putting an oil like eucalyptus on your chest, it helps with the inflammation.

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  4. Hi, I find that taking Omega oil (such as NutraSea HP) to greatly assist with the inflammation.

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  5. This condition sucks! I notice the symptoms when I was 16, been a struggle since then. Lately U have develop the swelling that feels like a lump near my sternum...2 car accidents does not help. I think once I get back into working out regular that will be a brownie point, along with changing my wire bras, so vicious!!!

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  6. Hello,
    I haven't been diagnosed with Costoc but I have beeb suffering from this symptoms for 3 years!!..the docs have all said it was anxiety, I have had my heart checked and I do have a murmur, I have numerous tests done and nothing..so I finally run across an article about Costoc and realized that is exactly how I feel...I have landed myself in the ER many times thinking it was a heart attack!..now even my bra bugs me, as soon as I lift my bra, I can take the deep breath that I have been wanting...I was exercising but I can't even lift my arms up without pain in my chest...I am going to the chiro and it makes it better..but when I am sitting at work, it' is so bad...I thought I was going crazy...my doc is finally sending me to the specialist...hopefully he will be help me to see if it is actually Costoc!!..everything hurts, I am not the same woman I used to be....I was beginning to think I was crazy!!..

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  7. Some of the bra links above aren't working. Any way to give more info or update them? NEED help!!!

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    1. Or I guess I'm just curious - is the solution just to find a wireless bra? :)

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  8. I have suffered with Costo for 3 years now. My family does not understand. So far the only thing I have been able to wear are the cami tanks with the built in lining, unfortunately I am large breasted and look as if I am not wearing anything. I am tired of wearing baggy clothes. I am going to try some of the bras you ladies have listed. Thank you.

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    1. This bra looks good. I am 36F, so I must wear a bra.
      http://www.maidenform.com/sale/brands/maidenform/maidenform-comfort-devotion-seamless-wirefree-foam-bra-09432?showSearchBC=true

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  9. Read about people using the ahh bra. Haven't tried it yet, but looks comfy.

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  10. hi! I am a 2 year costo sufferer and a lingerie expert. I highly reccomend the wacoal wireless bras. supportive and there is extra padding along the bottom. they have been a lifesaver for me. they also go from a 34 band to I think a 44, and up to a triple d. I highly recommend getting for as well, as the right size takes A LOT of pressure off the ribs.

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