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.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Next physio session

I've been really sore over the last few days. But, weirdly the pain has moved to my front (right iliac fossa) over where my appendix is. I'm sure it's related, as the physiotherapist also produced this pain when she was manipulating me....but this then went. I have now had this pain in this area for about 24 hours....as well as some in my buttocks.

I'm looking forward to my next session with the physio on Friday. That will be my seventh one. Although, last was a double so maybe it's really my eighth. The physio said it may take up to eleven. I'm still pinning all my hopes on this working.

I do have an appointment with an NHS Pain Consultant on Jan 26th. I suppose I have this route to travel if physio doesn't work. He suggested a caudal nerve block.

However a trauma and orthopaedic consultant has said he does not think this will work as there are no guarantees it will get to the correct area. Easy for him to say, when he does not have my pain. His suggestion was another steroid injection and manipulation under anaesthetic. I've had this several times before though and the last two did nothing. He also suggested the possibility of having it removed. I'm not brave enough for this, and also I don't think my level of pain warrants this; I am not as bad as many coccydynia sufferers.

So if physio does not work I won't know which way to turn, who to listen to, what to do at all. No one understands coccyx pain. No one seems to have a solution.

Physiotherapy just has to work for me.

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