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Just that. Can anyone recommend a bra or bra top for sore shoulders?
I have a lot of pain in my shoulders - collarbone, scapula and top of arms (possibly arthritis or connective tissue disease - waiting for diagnosis from the rheumatologist but seeing physiotherapist later this week). Even with a correctly fitted bra, straps cause much pain and it is such a relief to remove the offending item after a few hours.
However, at a 34DD/E (Mumsnet rules)I cannot go bra-less as there is just too much jiggling and juddering for maintaining public decency.
Would love to wear something like this Vercella Vita bra tops but not sure how much support and shape they would give. I am a short hourglass and need to look slightly dressed up to have any sort of figure.
Would a strapless bra be any good? I've seen the Wonderbra ultimate recommended a lot on here, though at a 34DD/E I'd imagine you'd have a lot of choice of makes - and some could well be comfortable enough for everyday wear!
Have you tried a really decent sports bra with wide, soft shoulder straps and a wide tight band (triple clip) around your back?
I have less boob but do have hypermobile joints (inc shoulders) and a similar ratio of breast to back. I often wear Shock Absorbers similar to the one below. If it fits your back properly, the trunk should take much of the weight. If my shoulders are aching, I loosen the straps a bit and the back straps take much of the weight, the shoulder straps are there more for guidance and jiggle control.
Be careful with measurements though - I'm 28e (Mumsnet/Bravissimo confirmed) and I had to go for a 30dd in Shock Aborber so I could actually breathe .
I have a similar issue and, may sound weird, but I've found non underwired bras are comfier all over including the straps. Just got some this week in fact, I'm a dd too and M&S do non wired bras up to my size.
Have a velcella vita vest (medium support) and have found it perfect for everyday wear, though obviously not for running in (40J's need strapping down for that). Found have less back pain & shoulder pain when wearing it than normal bra as a suppose having the compression on back & wide straps is more supportive. If I'm wearing something dressy I second the suggestion of non-wired bra (with wide straps if possible) being more supportive and less painful than wired. As it gives a bit more uplift than VV vest does.
I had a look at the Wonderbra and think it's not quite right for everyday use but would be for occasional wear. The Shock Absorbers might be too bulky for wear under ordinary clothes and again have straps which is, I think, part of the problem. I also have very narrow shoulders, and straps do not stay put for long despite tightening and re-tightening.
After searching Amazon I have ordered two of these Bralette. Not sure how much support they will provide but will give them a go.
knittykitty66 I had seen the velcella vita vest on QVC before. Must look them up again.
Thank you all again. My shoulders and I appreciate it.
If you have bra intervention obedient underwired bras, do they actually provide any support with the straps down? You really do need to focus on taking the burden of support off your shoulders and a bra that fits well should achieve that. Your breasts aren't that large at your size - I'm a very floppy 32GG/30H (really not huge at all) and hypermobile like a PP and good support from the band itself makes the world of difference to my shoulders and neck.