Nurse who suffers chronic tailbone pain

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I am a Registered Nurse who has suffered with tailbone pain for over 8 years. Like all chronic pain, it is essential that sufferers get the correct support, diagnosis and treatment appropriate for them as an individual. This blog follows my journey with chronic pain, it expresses my personal opinions and thoughts. It is not intended as a replacement for advice or treatment from your normal Healthcare Provider.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Physio and ongoing pain

I have spoken to both my GP and my physio. Both have reassured me (if that's the right word!) that things do often get worse before they get better.

The physio is basically retraining and readjusting internal muscles that are used to being pulled in the wrong direction. They have to now relearn their correct position and will fight every step of the way. They are certainly doing that.

The diclofenac haven't touched it, so I'm trying naproxen. I was offered Tramadol and codeine, but am reluctant to start these. I have tried them in the past and the side effects outweighed any negligible benefit.

I am thinking of taking time off work. I am meant to be trying to stay relaxed mentally and physically. I am meant to be mobilising, relaxing and/or lying down. I cannot do any of these things at work. Work is incredibly stressful which apparently has a knock on effect with me tightening my muscles and undoing what the physio is doing. I also feel that I am not giving my best at work, and this is not fair on my patients, my colleagues or myself.

I'm not expecting any sympathy or understanding from my anybody, but for once I may have to put myself first.

I am going in later to be measured for my sit/stand desk and chair. I know that will cause problems; apparently some are leaving stickers on their desk saying they don't want to be moved.

Thanks guys.

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