Actually I got used to the tight waistband quickly. I've since worn it for many weeks at a time without needing to remove it. I've worn it so much over the past 2 years that it seems like I have some permanent lines and/or marks where the padded cable hugs my hips and lower abdomen. No discomfort at all. The (silicone?) tubing has gradually worn out from all of the wear and I am now trying to find replacement tubing for it. The tubing I have ordered to date is a lot stiffer than the soft tubing that it came with. Anyone know where to get soft silicone tubing?