Well I picked up my new elastic brace yesterday. I tried it on before accepting it. I could tell right away it wasn't really going to cut it- but it was a start and it was only $50 (I should get reimbursed by insurance).
I decided to wear it today since I had some physical work to do. I had only 6 cases of product to stack and 5 med/large totes around 20-30 # each to unpack and put away.
Plus I went shopping and carried up the groceries.
I think that it caused more pain than good. While it did feel extra supportive it also compressed certain areas that maybe it shouldn't be touched- because my pain levels are worse than they have ever been. My ribs and upper back are screaming and my hands are really messed up.
I researched thoracics braces online and they make much better ones- I just need to get a real MD to order it like my hard/soft shell brace I have for my lumbar...
The good news is that I got the packet today for the PM. Things are looking up