I'm sorry if this thread is redundant, but there's so much info here that I can't zero in on my same situation. My daughter has an S curve, with the worst part being 33 degrees. She is 12 1/2 and her growth plates are still at 0. We just picked up her hard-shell brace Tuesday (I don't even know the proper term, but it comes up high under one arm, just under the chest, down to the hip bones, and has 3 velcro straps in the back).
The appointment where she tried it on seemed to go okay (and I practiced putting the brace on her once), but when I put it on her last night, it was SO hard to tighten the straps, and she was SO upset! She acted as if she wished she could rip it off, and said it was uncomfortable to stand or sit. She finally laid on her bed in it and cried herself to sleep, and I woke her up an hour later. Of course she had horrible red indentations on her skin, and she said her back hurt even more when we took it off. I don't think she was just having a temper tantrum, as her attitude has been strong and positive up until this point (other than the initial depression upon diagnosis).
Did any of you or your children have such an unpleasant beginning with your bracing? Thank so much for any experience you can share!