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, 15 June 2017

Wow, what a stressful ten months.

After what can only be described as possibly the most stressful ten months of my life, we are now in our new flat; and we have WiFi and a computer! The challenges we have faced are not really blog-worthy, or blog-relevant so I will not mention them here; suffice it to say that we have haemorrhaged money and lost good friends along the way, and I am sure our health has suffered in addition.

My coccydynia  has thankfully for most of this time been relatively bearable. I have had good days and bad days. At times it has played up, and I would question whether this was stress related, or  whether it was due to the fact I have put on a bit of weight (I have done alot of 'comfort eating' in those ten months!) Or due to exercising less. At other times, under the same circumstances, I forgot I even had coccydynia. So there really was no pattern that I could work out.

Pain wise things had overall, been better, so I decided to try spin cycling again. I had not done this for about 6-7 years as I thought this may have been the original cause of my coccydynia. I used to go about three times a week, and loved it. (I have blogged about this previously).

BIG mistake!! By that evening I was cruelly reminded what my coccyx pain could be like. It had not been that bad for a very long time, probably well over a year. I could not sit at all, without a deep, burning, bony, 'boring' type pain radiating around my whole tailbone area. Even trying to alternate sitting on either butt cheek hurt, so did lying down. Such a shame, because I loved being metaphorically and literally 'back in the saddle'.

I have to admit to panicking, and being reduced to tears. I could not bear the thought of going back to where I was over 9 years ago, and facing year upon year of that pain again. It ruined my life, it controlled my life.

'The Nest' How to avoid a sore tailbone during Spin Cycling.

48 hours on and it is easing a bit. I do still have pain though and really don't know what I'll do if it doesn't go. I certainly won't try spin cycling EVER again. I know there are (supposed) ways of avoiding tailbone pain due to cycling (see link above), but for me the risk is just too great.

I now need to find another cardiovascular workout that it such good fun, and not competitive like so many group gym activities are. I do still walk, and I do still do my HIIT (High Intensity Interval training), but sometimes its good to do group things that push me a bit more.

I do pilates too, which sometimes threatens to set it off. I think it's when we do lots of lying down pelvic tilts, or pelvic tilts whilst on all fours, and moving the lower back and tailbone. The discomfort does not however, normally linger too long. I also figure that the benefits of pilates are worth it. I will change my mind if it develops into pain. Nothing is worth starting that cycle of pain again, nothing.

At the moment I am sitting, perched on the edge of a chair, taking the pressure of my tailbone; not a good posture really. Until things settle down (I say optimistically), I am back to odd sitting positions, and seeking out comfortable seats (like Goldilocks), and staying off my tailbone as much as is humanly possible.

Image result for goldilocks chair pinterest  (courtesy of Pinterest)


Anyway, hope all is bearable with you fellow back and tailbone pain sufferers.




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