Sensitivity to Tight Clothing?

MissNeverWell

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Sorry if this has been covered before; my visual perception of windows is difficult for me. I'm wondering if any members here have sensitivity to pressure from things coming into contact with the skin/body. For example, I can't fasten the top button of a top or handle the protective apron the hair stylists put on me to cut my hair. Even "nonbinding" socks are so tight for me that they leave quite an indentation, swelling and pulsating/constriction in my lower legs; boots (especially around the shins just above the ankles - the skin becomes raw like rope burn). Even hair clips hurt my head, or buttons/zippers around the waist. Recently, I had my glasses tightened. They are very light-weight - Titanium - and small, because I have such a tiny facial frame. Now I have throbbing, pain and redness from the tips digging into the ears, even though the arms are malleable.
 
I have sensitivity to tight clothing and have had to stick with soft loose fitting clothes. Hats and scarfs are too uncomfortable since a neck injury. Button up shirts are usually avoided or not fastened all the way. Soft, loose fingerless gloves are helpful for the cold weather.

I know what you mean about socks, the best ones I've found so far are soft top, extra roomy, seam free, cotton or wool from Cosyfeet website (UK). There can still be marks around the ankles, some days are worse than others but overall they are much better and very light.

I ended up sticking with the same light frames for my glasses for many years. They're a bit loose but the arms were bowed out enough not to put much pressure on the skin. People have treated me like I'm fussy in the past, but they've no clue what it's like with this sensitivity on top of constant discomfort. All the best for your day.
 
Sorry if this has been covered before
Don't think so, but no matter! 👐
I've always hated wearing a tie - if ever I've worn it just "for the pic", and then off with his head tie.
Same with top buttons (but hate anything with buttons anyway, need zips).
Protective aprons are put on me loosely.
I guess nonbinding socks would be synthetic, I need cotton. 5 pairs, 0% Lycra, 3 cotton, 2 woolen. Indentations, but not hurting.
Most cheap shoes hurt me, now I only wear soft leathered ones, barefoot shoes in the winter, plimsoles in the summer.

My biggest problem in this is how to keep my jeans up, hate braces/suspenders, keeping my belts too tight gives me stomach ache, so I'm always tightening and loosening, and pulling up my jeans, bit embarrassing, but then I've become pure embarrassment anyway... 😊
 
Don't think so, but no matter! 👐
I've always hated wearing a tie - if ever I've worn it just "for the pic", and then off with his head tie.
Same with top buttons (but hate anything with buttons anyway, need zips).
Protective aprons are put on me loosely.
I guess nonbinding socks would be synthetic, I need cotton. 5 pairs, 0% Lycra, 3 cotton, 2 woolen. Indentations, but not hurting.
Most cheap shoes hurt me, now I only wear soft leathered ones, barefoot shoes in the winter, plimsoles in the summer.

My biggest problem in this is how to keep my jeans up, hate braces/suspenders, keeping my belts too tight gives me stomach ache, so I'm always tightening and loosening, and pulling up my jeans, bit embarrassing, but then I've become pure embarrassment anyway... 😊
You have a wonderful, refreshing sense of humour! I can just imagine the jean scenario. I can relate; can't stand anything tight around my stomach or waist. Sales associates, family would say I wear clothes that are too big for me - "you could do with a size smaller"; "that's not too tight, it's a perfect fit" - just don't ask me to move in the outfit or draw a deep breath; now I know how women in the earlier centuries fainted at the least provocation.
 
Hi @MissNeverWell , @Badger , @JayCS

I can't handle firm clothing, was okay up until teens, but early 20's I found I could no longer wear a wrist watch, bangles, even clothing with firm sleeves. The pressure seems to sap the strength out of my arms.

I used to be able to wear belts, but the last few years I'm now wearing jeans and skirts with elastic waist bands, as the belt seems to lay on my back and the ache takes the strength out of my legs. (Maybe there's kryptonite in the belts and bands :LOL: .)

Socks have always been an issue, trying to find loose fitting ones that will still stay up.

It never occurred to me that any of that could be related to fibro, it's just always been like it for me, the way I am.
 
I not quite that sensitive to clothing except if it's heavy, especially on the shoulders. Wait. Anything with wool, yeah, a tight top button. As far as shoes, my feet are so picky, I'm stuck wearing only Easy Spirit sneakers.
(Mainly plantar fasciitis) If anything I'd say the TOPS of socks is what I have indentations from, and oh yeah, any adjustments to eye glasses...
So definitely not to the degree I totally believe you're suffering from, but still so many sensitivities...
 
@30 plus years

Hi there, yep, I find the straps over my shoulders can sap my arms, so whenever not in public, off !!! I have found a wider strap one that is rather comfortable, though, but took a decade or more for one to arrive on the market that met my issues. Still off at home though.

Socks, yes, the tops are the biggest issue, but all-over firm ones are no good either. I can't sleep properly if weight is on my feet, so usually have a pillow to take the weight. As a child, I'd pull the tucked blankets out, the pain of the 'drag down" effect could make me feel like screaming.

I think we are much the same, actually. It's kind of nice to know one is not alone, 'normalises' everything, and it doesn't seem as bad to put up with.

I do know that I am one of the fortunate ones, though, I only have mild fibro, not like many on here.
Also when sleeping, I have a pillow between my legs from knees to feet, as it seems the bone-on-bone causes pain and ache.
 
plantar fasciitis
Got any handle on that? Youtube physios helped me quick (a few days), cos I didn't wait.
My wife waited and a (youtube) exercise I showed her made it worse, I think cos she hasn't got a feeling for how much is enough, as she's hardly ever ill. It took quite a time, but after half a year or so her's did go. She used homeopathic globuli, we don't know if they contributed.
 
I have sensitivity to tight clothing and have had to stick with soft loose fitting clothes. Hats and scarfs are too uncomfortable since a neck injury. Button up shirts are usually avoided or not fastened all the way. Soft, loose fingerless gloves are helpful for the cold weather.

I know what you mean about socks, the best ones I've found so far are soft top, extra roomy, seam free, cotton or wool from Cosyfeet website (UK). There can still be marks around the ankles, some days are worse than others but overall they are much better and very light.

I ended up sticking with the same light frames for my glasses for many years. They're a bit loose but the arms were bowed out enough not to put much pressure on the skin. People have treated me like I'm fussy in the past, but they've no clue what it's like with this sensitivity on top of constant discomfort. All the best for your day.
I just got new Titanium lightweight frames as well. They were a bit loose, so I asked them to tighten it closer to the cheek bones instead of behind the ears. They ended up bowing it in as well, but now it hurts behind the ears. Luckily, I just moved, so I'll be able to start fresh with a minor adjustments so won't drive the original optician crazy, lol.
 
It was partly why I went to an optician in another town for a few years, they must have thought I was fussy but as you know if it's uncomfortable we won't be able to settle. In the few years I've gone back to the local one to make life easier with travel, fortunately the pair I'm wearing doesn't need new lenses for the time being.
 
I have similar issues. I'm gradually getting rid of my clothes and replacing them with something soft... the softer the better. Everything is about how it feels.
 
I'm ok tolerating clothes when the day starts but by the late afternoon and evening, I am so uncomfortable in them and can't wait to shed restrictive clothing and change into comfy loose pajamas. Clothing just seems add to the general pain and discomfort, but since I have to wear something to work, I hold out till PJ time......
 
I am so uncomfortable in them and can't wait to shed restrictive clothing and change into comfy loose pajamas.
Wondering if that time can be extended by small tricks like taking shoes off under a desk, or things less directly related to clothing like changing posture more (e.g. standing more)?
 
I'm ok tolerating clothes when the day starts but by the late afternoon and evening, I am so uncomfortable in them and can't wait to shed restrictive clothing and change into comfy loose pajamas. Clothing just seems add to the general pain and discomfort, but since I have to wear something to work, I hold out till PJ time......
These days, there are so many different kinds of clothing types available that are entirely acceptable for wear just about anywhere. The days of women in skirts and heels and men always having to wear suits and ties seem to be past, at least for most situations and professions. Have you tried looking online for super comfortable but elegant clothing that you can wear which do not have the restrictive feel you have trouble with? I relate to what you are saying, because by the end of the day I always change into something loose myself.
It's easier for women to look elegant and put together in something loose than it is for men, though.
 
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