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, 1 August 2015

So many things to consider

I am a bit confused of late. I have been given so many different diagnosis' that it's hard to know what to think at the moment.

I guess I am most confused about fibromyalgia/pain perception disorder in regard to my coccydynia and piriformis pain more than anything.

I am sore in my tailbone if I sit for too long, and my buttocks start to really hurt. I have always thought this was coccydynia, at least for the last 7 years, with recently piriformis pain added to the mix. Now I am wondering if it is all just due to fibromyalgia.

Has my coccydynia resolved? Is this piriformis syndrome real? I know the pain is. Or is this what fibromyalgia is?

If I tackle this fibromyalgia/nerve disorder/pain perception disorder, will this then resolve my pain?

I have ordered two books to try and find out more about the relationship between pain and pain perception disorders. I am still sceptical I have to confess, as I grew up in a generation where fibromyalgia, ME and Yuppie Flu, were all lumped together and not considered 'real'. It seems now that things have changed, and they are indeed 'real'. Getting my head round this is still a challenge though. Accepting I may have it is even more of a challenge.

From what I have read so far, I can understand how chronic pain could affect ones perception of pain in general, how it could alter chemicals in the brain and how we therefore perceive pain.

So, I am looking forward to getting my books and reading and understanding more about this. If it helps my pain- whatever is now causing it, then so much the better. The fact that I shall be learning more as I go will be an added bonus.

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