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, 13 May 2015

Work update

An update following my HR meeting. They cannot accommodate me reducing my hours due to how busy we are. Too many poorly people out there in the community!!

What they have said is that I can work flexible hours, enabling me to incorporate the gym. So perhaps, a longer day with gym in the middle, or starting earlier and finishing earlier so I can gym after work, or working different days, or more days but shorter days.... I am going to do a trial week of each and see which suits best. So I suppose they are trying to help. It just won't help my general fatigue of a long day after a bad nights sleep.

I also saw my GP today about my lack of sleep. She couldn't really help, just said it was due to the menopause (too much information again!), and pain. She suggested herbal remedies, and taking analgesia before bed. So not much help really, could have told myself that!

For me gym is seeming more and more important- it does really help my coccydynia, and I know when I haven't done it. Trouble is, as I have said before, I need to be careful because I am getting knee pain now from so much exercise, and I don't want to injure my knees and ruin my one chance of helping my pain.


  1. Have you tried Acupuncture /Chinese medicine for fatigue / lack of good sleep ?

  2. No I've not tried that. Do you think it might help? I've heard some people use it for coccydynia also. Thanks. Jill.

  3. Yes it will help with the balance of your health , giving better sleep etc as long as you have a good practitioner , finding a good practitioner in any field is just good luck , i don't think they will help your coccydyina ,you need a physical therapists who will look at and treat your pelvis holistically again hard to find a great practitioner. A great practitioner could treat and recognise your piriformis syndrome and treat your coccydynia as well it all involves the pelvis . Yes the pelvis is complex but there are simple tests eg R.O.M.and stretch to balance the pelvis . There are a couple good clips for the internal and external hip rotators
    Asha school of massage
    These are 2 good views of hip stretches they have others to see and add to the list as well to complete the pelvis . The pelvis is a complete system .The coccyx will effect different muscles and ligaments eg the sacrotuberous ligament usually over looked .

  4. Thankyou. I am hoping I may have found such a physio today!