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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!