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.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Changes afoot

Hello all.

I have my ninth physio session tomorrow. The pain the last few days has completely changed. It has been across both lower buttocks. I am now getting paranoid it may be changing into Piriformis Syndrome which I know only a little about. All that I have read sounds similar to the pain I am now getting and would tie in with my leg going numb the other night. Although I am not getting any pain walking upstairs.....So I think I'm just being paranoid.

I still have a dull ache over my coccyx. The fact that the pain is moving and does feel in the muscles reassures me that my physio is correct. In her opinion (as mentioned in previous entries) the problem is not now the coccyx itself. She thinks that after the initial injury (which was not treated) the muscles internally and externally that hold it in place relearnt incorrect positions. They started to tense and go into overdrive, pulling the coccyx out of alignment. By relaxing and retraining these muscles she is hoping it will return to it's correct position without me being in continual pain. Because I have had this for somewhere between 5-7 years this is obviously no quick fix.

The surgeon who did my first manipulation under anaesthetic (MUA) maintained it was the most mobile coccyx he manipulated. I'm not quite sure what this means in relation to treatment and what is 'normal'. The pain consultant I saw said a coccyx was meant to be mobile.

Anyway, I digress!

Changes afoot- back to work next week. Management have agreed to a 'staged return'. So I start with two short days next week, then three the week after and gradually increase to my full three days. I am lucky that I only work part time. I do think it will be good for me to get back. I can't say I'm looking forward to it, ideally I wanted to be magically 'cured' before I went back; but that's clearly not going to happen.


  1. Hi, stumbled across your blog. I too am suffering from coccydenia. I had a go karting accident 2 years ago resulting in tramau to that area. 3 coccygeal injections later and am still suffering. My last injection was 2 days ago so am still sore. As a male with this condition being taken seriously is hard. Hope you have a speedy recovery. Alan

  2. Hi Alan. Thanks. My first injection was wonderful and lasted about eight months. Unfortunately none of the others have helped. Good luck with yours! It can take up to a week to see results so hopefully you'll improve soon. Jill.