View Full Version : Nervous About New Brace

02-23-2009, 04:55 PM
Hi! I'm 9 years old and just last week I found out I have to get a Boston Brace. I'm really worried that I won't be able to fall asleep. Any advice?

TJs mom
02-23-2009, 05:01 PM
I have had my brace since I was 11. I have never had any trouble sleeping in my brace at all. In the summer it gets a little hot, but we don't have air conditioning.

02-23-2009, 05:16 PM
That makes me feel a whole better. I'm getting my brace on March 12 so my mom said not to worry that long.

02-23-2009, 07:35 PM
Hi Rosebud9,

My daughter who is 7 1/2 NEVER had any trouble falling asleep in her brace from day 1. And she manages her brace during the day just fine as well. It's doable, so don't worry.:)

02-23-2009, 07:39 PM
well im not sure what it is like in a bosten brace because i wear a TLSO but once in a while you will have truble sleeping

02-23-2009, 07:52 PM
The Boston brace is a type of TLSO, as is the Cheneau which my daugher wears...:)

Cat Eyes
02-28-2009, 03:24 PM
hey, my name is Katelyn, I am 13 years old and have had my brace for a few months. I had the same worries that you did. I was afraid of everything, but I learned that it isn;t as bad as i thought. I too, have a boston brace. It is difficult the first few nights to sleep with it on, but in about 3 days you are so used to it, you don;t even thing about it.
Something that helped me what a plush pillow that I put under my back. It is most comfortbale to sleep on your back instead of on your stomache or back.
Good luck with your brace, I wish you the best. Believe me the brace may seem scarey and intimidating, but once you get it, you sometimes forget that it is even there. GOOD LUCK!!

Cat Eyes

03-01-2009, 03:37 PM
My advice is don't worry about it.
Bracing isn't the most fun part of life as a scoliosis patient, but it is definately worth it
When I was told that I needed a Boston brace, I cried. But before I got the brace, my degrees were around 37. After 1 year, my curves are staying around 25 degrees.
If your brace truly bothers you, check out this site at http://www.spineuniverse.com/displayarticle.php/article1895.html
there's this new surgery that replaces a back brace that even I want.
but still try the brace for a bit and get used to it.

Keep it up!
AKA: cactigirl96

03-03-2009, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone, but cactigirl96 aka Hannah I think a just try my brace because I do not want surgery!

03-09-2009, 02:53 PM
Hi! I've had my brace for a year and half, and I only have to wear it at night now. Only the first few nights are uncomfortable as you get used to wearing the brace, especially because during the night may be when you wear it the longest. Don't worry about it, because you will soon get used to it, and you won't have any trouble sleeping! :) I hope you get used to it soon! Good luck!

03-09-2009, 04:28 PM
Thanks soccercrazy17 that makes me feel better. What kind of brace do you wear.

03-09-2009, 05:12 PM
heyy all,
so, sleeping in the brace isn't that bad. once you get used to it, its not even noticeable. but, for the first few nights my orthopedic surgeon told me to go to sleep with it on, and if I woke up and was in pain, to take it off. he said that losing sleep wasn't a good way to start weaning into the brace. also, don't fall asleep with your arm under your brace!!! I did that once, and woke up and my arm was purple! pretty funny story now!

04-02-2009, 06:30 PM
When I first wore my boston brace, I actually found that I was more comfortable laying down, that could be just me though. I wouldn't worry about not being able to sleep though, it helps if you lie on your back and I found that I couldn't fall asleep on harder mattresses if I had my brace on, so if you have a hard mattress then like Cat Eyes said, a soft pillow underneath your brace might help.

Good luck!T

04-02-2009, 08:55 PM
Iam soo scared when I wear it to school. I am not to suppose to this week but I am still going to try to see how it would feel like so I wouldn't worry about it. But any advice will any one notice and is it going to be REALLY comfortable?:confused:

04-26-2009, 10:11 AM
SmileyGirl8- How long have you had your brace for? I finally got my brace! it has been a little over a month. don't worry about wearing it to school. if you wear a boston brace some people can't even tell that your wearing it! just be careful the boston brace takes a toll on your clothes!