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, 19 August 2015

Travelling and an interview

I've had an odd day. Someone contacted me via Twitter about my food tasting days and the fact that I was found to be a 'super taster' (basically a heightened sensitivity to bitter and sweet things). They wanted to interview me about this regarding an article they are doing on 'Superpowers'. Now, I have never considered my supertasting label as a superpower I must admit, but apparently it was just what the journalist was looking for- even though I explained that I have not done any official food tasting for over 5 years.

I did mention my hypermobility too, but it was the supertasting she was interested in.

I checked her out (via Twitter, Google, Linked-In, her email address and phoned where she worked- you cannot be too careful nowadays!) All was above board (as they say).

So, trains and taxis paid for, expenses and food provided- it seemed like an exciting and interesting thing to do!

It was fun I have to admit, but I can tell you- it's not for anyone with coccydynia or piriformis, or any kind of joint issue!

Also I have neck ache now, from holding my head in an odd position for so long during the photoshoot. I certainly could not be any kind of model- not that that was ever an option anyway!

I am also not the most confident of people, so having numerous photos taken of me was a challenge. Also, I was asked not to smile, and try and look 'regal' and 'strong', so not a particularly flattering pose.

The interview was not too bad, the sitting for photographs though, was uncomfortable. I think anyone with coccydynia, back pain etc, learns how to fidget discreetly! At least, I think most of my fidgeting went unnoticed. Luckily I was sat on a hard chair and was leaning forward- so all good. (well mostly).

The worst bit- as usual, was the travelling. I just do not get on with these 'airline' seats that trains seem to insist on having. The angle of the seat is just at the wrong angle for my poor little tailbone. Some train seats are slightly different, but then I find the actual hardness or softness not quite right. It ends up with a whole journey (hours) of fidgeting- one butt cheek, then the other butt cheek, leaning forwards, trying to stretch my piriformis with one leg crossed over the other....then starting the whole process again. People around me must wonder what on earth is wrong with me. OH!! If I could just sit normally!!

I feel like Goldilocks of the seating world!

Picture courtesy of... Except for me- 'too hard' would be my choice, even then it would need to be the right height so I could have my feet flat on the ground, and my 'sitting bones' correctly positioned!

Anyway I'm home now, and intend having an early night with my trusty heat pad...although I'm a bit worried it may be breaking as it keeps overheating. I may have to buy another- so I have a spare one while mine is getting mended- I'm that reliant on it.

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