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.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Today: dare I say it...a better day!!

I thought today my pain was a bit better. I stayed in bed longer (no pain), sat for breakfast (pain 2/10), went to gym (no pain), sat for lunch (pain 3/10). However now I've been sitting for 30/40 minutes and pain is increasing (6/10). So I'm lying on my side (pain back to about 2/10). And I'm now also getting lower back pain. Not a solution really.

Also I've taken no Tramadol today as I've noticed my heart racing (95-130, over 150 at the gym). It's a regular beat so I'm not unduly worried and I have no other worrying symptoms. But it's being added to the list of things I now want to see my GP about! My heart rate may be absolutely nothing to do with the Tramadol, but it is a listed side effect. I hate taking pills anyway, so if I can manage without, I'd rather. But obviously tachycardia should be investigated anyway. 

I'm due back to work week commencing 12th Jan. I took all the advice I was given, and have had six weeks off work- something I have never done before in my life. I think my pain, and low mood finally outweighed the guilt I felt towards leaving my colleagues over the Christmas period....well, nearly.

Such mixed feelings though! I'm looking forward to my standing work station, being out and about and seeing patients and my work friends. But six weeks is a long time away. I'm hoping my absence and new work station won't cause any hostility :-/

Surely, once I'm back and busy, and not sitting so much, things will improve? That plus continuing my physio....and getting the coil removed.

Having said all this, today has been a better day, especially as I have taken NO painkillers. Maybe I've turned a corner.....maybe things are starting to change.....maybe physio is finally beginning to work. Here's hoping.

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