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.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Some good news

So, I found out today that I am actually going to get a sit/stand work station. I am so pleased. The pain has been unbearable. I know they say 'I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy'....well, sorry, but I would wish it on some people just for a day or even a week just so they would have a bit more compassion and understanding.

My back is all over pain at the moment. From not sitting correctly, I now have severe pain all down my left side/lower back. I cannot sit, stand, do anything at all without being aware of it.

Some colleagues are not happy that this new desk is going where they sit. What am I meant to do? We are supposed to 'hot desk' anyway. This is my disability. I am trying to cope with it as best I can. Every day is a challenge. Why can't people have some degree of sympathy?

Fortunately my direct Line Manger is wonderful. But that is just one person in offices of over twenty.

This afternoon I had another study session. This meant that once again I was mostly standing at the back, and at times now my lower back also hurts. The chap taking the session really didn't help. Whenever he asked questions and directed them at me he referred to me as the 'one in the royal box'. Sure he thought he was being very funny. All it did was draw attention to my awkwardness and embarrassment.

I obviously need to develop really thick skin as work is going to be a challenge over the next few weeks/months with disgruntled people having to move seats/desks; and to cope with the various 'humorous' comments feel they can make at my expense.

Physio again on Friday and I really need to see whether this is meant to get worse before it gets better. At the moment it is 10/10 on my pain score!!

Sorry to moan, but it is hard to be positive at the moment. My one glimmer of hope is my new work station and even that is not going to be an easy ride.

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