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, 19 February 2015

Back to work

I am really fortunate that work have been so accommodating.

I have been back this week- reduced hours: 4 hours a day this week, 5 next week and so on. They are also allowing me to stay 'office based' for the first couple of weeks while my wounds are still healing (and I'm not meant to be lifting). In some ways I feel a bit of a con as it was only a laparoscopy, but I have felt exhausted returning to work so am really appreciative.

My sit/stand station is really good too. With my additional diagnosis of pelvic varices and dilated bowel pressing on my coccyx, it is so good being able to alternate sitting and standing. My coccyx dictates stand, my varices dictate sit!!

Looking forward to the weekend though! It's been tough getting up early again and getting back into things.

Coccydynia wise, the pain is still there, but it's bearable. I currently just take 2 x Paracetamol 4 x a day, sometimes adding Nurofen as and when needed. So I think things have improved, which I put down to the physio. I would still love to be pain free, and to be able to sit without having to fidget, to not have to consider every journey I make, every hair appointment I have to sit through, every dentist appointment sat in the chair etc etc. But I think this pain is here to stay. Blogging really helps- I'd recommend it! Or keeping a diary. Or just sharing with your nearest and dearest. Or indeed your healthcare provider- it is what they get paid for after all!

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