Who knew that the bras I wore before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic rib pain would create more pain??!!
I sure the heck didn’t!!!
There are many things to consider when choosing a bra and living with an inflammatory condition. The first is comfort! I don’t care how cute or affordable a bra is; if it begins digging into my ribcage when an inflammation flare-up, also known as Costochondritis, begins, I am done! The pain from the flare is terrible enough, but to have wires or plastic digging in is too much.
I also look for soft materials. Between fibromyalgia and psoriasis, my skin is very sensitive and requires gentle fabrics. Lace, flowers, and fancy decorations may look nice, but they are not chronic pain friendly.
The final deciding factor in choosing the perfect bra is affordability. With most, okay, all treatments and products that I use to reduce pain and severity of symptoms are not covered by insurance. That’s a lot of out-of-pocket expenses! Living with multiple chronic illnesses is not cheap.
So while you can search online and find quite a few bras labeled as adaptive and disability friendly, those terms increase the cost. While not every bra on my list may not promote itself as a chronic pain product, they meet my requirements and won’t break the bank! That is why I put together this list.
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Affordable and Comfortable Bras for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Rib Pain
The following bras are less than $30 each. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the energy to keep up with laundering a few bras. Like my pajamas, I like to have enough on hand so that I do not have to do laundry more than once every 10-14 days. FYI: Everyone in my household does their own laundry. It’s just easier for us all and works for our needs.
Ever since I broke my ribs in 2019, I have not been able to wear bras with any kind of support cup. Before that injury, I was able to wear bras made with a t-shirt type material that had plastic under-wire support. This problem led to my wearing sports bras that offered support but not shape. And let’s face it when we reach a certain age, plump and perky are no longer adjectives that can be used to describe our breasts.
And that is where my first choice comes into play!
No Boundaries Comfy Wirefree Seamless Bra
First on my list is my favorite bra from Walmart. I purchased my first one a month ago to test it out, and it was love at first wear. They are as comfortable as my sports bras, but with the cup support of an underwire without wires or plastic!! So comfortable that I often forget that I am wearing one!
My favorite bras for fibromyalgia and chronic rib pain.
Priced just under $10, I could purchase the amount I wanted.
And if comfort and affordability weren’t enough, how my breasts look in clothing while wearing them makes me feel a little like the old me.
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JUST MY SIZE Women’s Pure Comfort Front Close Wirefree Bra
For some people, fibromyalgia and chronic rib pain can make reaching behind to clasp a bra too painful of a task. This Just My Size front-close bra can be put on without triggering muscle spasms or pain. Its moisture-wicking fabric also provides back support for full-figured women.
Women’s Zip Front Sports Bra Wireless
While technically a sports bra, this zip-front bra provides a shapely cup not often found in a post-surgery bra. And you don’t have to have surgery to appreciate the ease of putting on a zip-front bra. Another excellent option for women who struggle with back clasps or twisting.
Women’s Genie Bra
The Genie Bra provides support and a comfortable lift without wires, seams, or hooks! This bra is also great for women with shoulder and hand pain.
Underworks Arthritis Bra with Hook and Loop Closure
This Underworks Arthritis Bra has a front velcro hook and loop closure perfect for aching or arthritic hands. It is easy to take on and off, plus offers back support.
What type of bras have you found to be perfect for fibromyalgia and chronic rib pain?