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ScolioGirl
04-05-2005, 03:58 PM
I haven't been able to talk to anyone who only wears their brace at night, which I'm going to be doing next week. What's it like? Is it hard to get to sleep?? I was so shocked when I learned I was getting a brace and possibly having surgery to ask the doctor any questions at all...so I really need info!

raynaxo
05-03-2005, 08:19 PM
yeah, i have a nighttime brace. its a charleston bending brace. i think it might be kind of new? what kind are you getting?
i was diagnosed in december, age 14... i got my brace in february. it was sort of hard to get used to sleeping in it, because it bends me (the opposite way of my curve). but now, most of the time i sleep through the night without any problems. at first i thought i couldn't breathe but now it seems pretty comfortable... well, maybe not exactly comfortable lol.

scoliogirl92
07-06-2005, 07:34 PM
I have to wear my brace all day and have to sleep in it! its not that bad really. your hours go by like that! If you get a memory foam mattress it works GREAT! because it curves to your body! well good luck!

Robotikkaroo
08-15-2005, 10:28 AM
I wear a 20 hour boston brace and I do have to sleep in it. I find sleeping to be SUPER easy because when you push against the back of the brace, the front pops up and you get a bit more wiggle room. :D

kennedy
08-15-2005, 01:44 PM
Yes i do wear my brace at knight

MySonMyHeart
08-17-2005, 09:48 AM
hi, my 13yr son will be getting a charleston brace, (the night brace) he goes tomorrow for the fitting...how is the fitting done? i was told to have him wear an old shirt to his appointment. do they make a plaster cast on him? do they just take measurements? i want to prepare him for tomorrow, any input would be great! thanks :o

KRIS ATKINSON
08-18-2005, 07:47 AM
I hope I'm not too late to respond to your message, and I hope this helps. My daughter was provided a special "outfit" to wear for her fitting. She then stood in a machine which went around her in circles slowly as it made a computer image of her body to create the brace from. It then too several weeks, I think, for them to convert the computer dimensions to the actual brace. There was not cast taken of her body, and I'm not sure if this is just a very advanced technology used in this method or what. I'm sure the machine was very expensive for the brace company, so it may be not all brace companies (orthotists?) take the measurements this way. I know we had to travel out of town to have them do this measurement since they don't have this machine at their satellite offices. Hope this helps. You should be fine today. Kris

nanfan4ever
08-21-2005, 07:47 PM
I wear a 20 hour boston brace and I do have to sleep in it. I find sleeping to be SUPER easy because when you push against the back of the brace, the front pops up and you get a bit more wiggle room. :D
LOL! I haven't worn mine to bed yet. i have to wear it 20 hours too. but right now i'm at five and tomorrow i'm doin six.When i lie down, i like to lay on my left side or on my back. i don't know why. the back because of the wiggle room and the side, well, i don't know. it seems more comfortable than the right. hmm....

Joe's Mom
08-27-2005, 08:56 PM
My 16 year old son is wearing a night time brace. surprisingly, he was able to tolerate it without horrible discomfort. When it is very hot/humid out he can't tolerate it (even tho we have AC) but most nights he falls asleep with it on and often stays asleep with it all night. Some nights he wears it and I hear the velcro peeling off as he removes it around 4-5:00 am.

But, he seemed to adapt to sleeping in it without much difficulty.

My observation is that wearing it at night only was soooo much better for him than wearing it in public/daytime that he accepted it without a fight!

We re-visit the ortho in December so we will see if it has made any difference. He was given the brace and PT in May 2005 as his scoli curve had progressed from 28 degrees to 35 degrees and his kyphosis curve was still evident at a greater than normal degree.

PT has reduced the kyphosis curve almost immediately (yeah!) but the scoli was the same in June 2005.

Robotikkaroo
09-01-2005, 10:46 AM
"i like to lay on my left side or on my back. i don't know why. the back because of the wiggle room and the side, well, i don't know. it seems more comfortable than the right. hmm...."

I prefer lying on my left side and my back also! For me it's because the under arm support is on my left side.

nanfan4ever
09-01-2005, 06:01 PM
Same here! I sleep in my brace fine! The first night not so good, but the next night I slept like a baby! Yesterday I came home from school early because I have a cold and I took a nap in my brace! I usually can NEVER take a nap, but I took one in my brace! I think that is soooo weird! lol!! :D :) :D

erin
09-08-2005, 09:28 PM
I have to wear a brace at night, the Providence Brace. At first it was really uncomfortable. Most of the time I couldn't even fall asleep while wearing it. Or I would only sleep for an hour or two and then give up and take off the brace then go to sleep. But the more I wore it the better it became. I won't lie and say that now I am really comfortable in it, but it's better. I can usually sleep all night in it, but not too comfortably. But it's not really bad like it used to be, and I'm thankful that its's only at night.

tru trust
09-10-2005, 01:04 AM
hey i wear a night brace and dont worry its not that bad once u get use 2 it.. the first few days might b alil uncomfortable but itll getbetter... hey how do i make a new thread ive been trying 2 make a thread but i dunno how can u help me wit it?
kitti

ScolioGirl
09-10-2005, 12:24 PM
Thanks yall, I'm doing okay in my brace now...but it didn't really help, my curves went up 11* in four months, so I'm having surgery anyway. At least I know I did everything I could to prevent it :).

Kitti - in any part of the forums (i.e. Bracing) towards the upper left hand corner there'a button that says "New Thread", that's where you need to go ;)

Analyzing Anne
09-26-2005, 08:31 PM
I had to wear a brace during the fall of '04 and it didn't help my curves, I have 3. I remember at first it was really differcult but it got eaiser. I can remember being really tired for my cross country meet the next day after wearing it for my first full night! What a race, I think my time was, like, 28 something :eek: . Yea, it was bad. But then I was able to get myself into it on my own! That was nice. But then something went wrong in my surgery!!!!! That was something. Now, I have just been able to get the brace for my ankle on.

-Sarah :)

P.S.- I had a sky blue Charlestown? brace. I think it's still here somewhere....

MadamMim16
10-03-2005, 11:06 AM
Hi! when i started sleeping in my brace i thought it would be really bad and i woudn't be able to fall asleep but i fell asleep pretty quickly and peaple told me i would have to sleep on my back but i sleep on my side most of the time. It doesnt take long to get used to :)
hope this helps,
Temima

bgheiz01
10-22-2005, 04:05 PM
i would hate 2 lose my brace espesialy because i don't have it yet! lol anyone have tips 4 me? :)