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Bivalve Brace Experience

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I've been in my Bivalve Brace otherwise known as my
"Turtle Shell" and while it is cumbersome, and depending on the day depressing to wear, it has allowed me to walk for more than 10 minutes sans the pain. I am working on being positive as this condition was total surprise for me. The pain does return when I take it off in the evening though so far is has not been as intense as it was before the I got the brace. I have some soreness in the shoulder blade area and about 3 inches below the waist I guess beacause that area is not use to having something against it. I'm sure that will pass, and the fellow who fit me with says? soon I will be at a point where I won't want to be without it. Clothes has been a challenge, but I will persue what works and what doesn't by trial and error, I must say for the most part the orthotic fellow is right you can't really hide it unless you are content with wearing very large clothes. I'm walking painlessly, in fact I washed my car the other day! Yahoo.
My only concern is, will I be doing more damage to the nerve in my legs putting surgery off?
Hope this helps someone out there.


  • :Hi! What is it and where did you get it?
  • Hi Grannyoma, my neurosurgeon hooked me up with a man who does orthotics, legs, arms everything. So you will need a prescription. He made a cast of my body from the sternum to the thigh, cut it off and did the mold in hard plastic lined with about a quarter inch of foam padding. It is held on with velcro straps and goes from the solarplexus to the pubic bone in front and from the upper back to about 3 inches below the waist. It works great, as I could not walk for more than ten minutes without sitting down the pain was so bad.
    If you need one I wish you well it is fantastic after you get over the inital look of it. This fellow also did my Somi Brace after my cervical neck corepectomy in 2000 which was also a life saver. My friend had the same corepectomy and wore a soft brace and she is in a wheelchair.
    Stay in touch,
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