Well, EMDR being completed for well over two weeks, I feel that I can confidently say it has helped. I would not say my pain has gone completely, but the pain I have is now bearable and not taking over my life.
Last week we went on holiday and I was pain free the whole time. The sitting on board the aeroplane did make me fidgety but was bearable; it was a two hour flight. I did not experience the pain like I once would.
The actual holiday itself presented no problems- I sat on a hard lounger at a bad angle nearly every day, and sat on a variety of different surfaces when we went out anywhere- trains, restaurants, bars etc. Admittedly we did a lot of walking and admittedly I was never in one position for very long, but things do feel different. I guess the heat and sun also helped.
I saw my physio today, after 8 weeks of not seeing him, this is the same physio who suggested EMDR and is willing to explore all avenues of someones pain, unlike so many other health professionals I have seen over the years. He agrees that things have improved although there is some residual tightness around my piriformis. He has suggested revisiting the possibility of relaxing internal muscles, either by seeing a specialist in this field, or by reading- 'A Headache in the pelvis' (Wise, D. 2015) and teaching myself how to do the internal trigger point and relaxation work. I'll have a think about this as it is something I tried before and wasn't sure that it helped. But perhaps now, with this residual pain it may be enough. My physio agrees that it is good my pain is bearable, but feels I should be able to remove it completely.
So if I feel I can afford this book I may well buy it, it will certainly be an investment if it works and it does seem to get good reviews. I will also have to re-read my blogs about my past experiences of internal trigger point work and relaxation and remind myself what I thought at the time. It was a very long time ago now!
I am pleased that I took a chance on seeing a different physio, his outlook and knowledge are refreshing, and it gives me hope for the future, something I have felt was lost to me in regard to my coccyx and buttock pain.
Nurse who suffers chronic tailbone pain
- Pain in the arse
- 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.