While cooking dinner for guests, I would need to sit down for 10 or 15 min before proceeding. If expecting company I would need to spend a couple days in preparation for their arrival. I would need to make my bed with several “rests” before finishing. One definite plus is that I am now able to stand more erect after wearing my brace daily. I had quite a pronounced “stooping” posture caused by 3 separate compressed fractures of my back.