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, 16 September 2017


The Level Two, Fitness Instructing course is coming along. I have now passed my Practical Assessment (one and a half hours of full on assessing my ability to plan a gym work out for a client). The depth of knowledge needed has surprised (and pleased) me. I am reassured that gym instructors need such in-depth knowledge. I seriously don't mean that in any patronising way either. Muscles, joints, types/range of movement, cardiovascular machines, resistance and free weights, dynamic and static stretching, maintenance and developmental stretching, cool downs and warms up and the rationale for everything I included in my plan....I had to learn and explain it all. The anatomy and physiology side of this course has also been way harder than anticipated. Some was revision for me, but such a lot was completely new knowledge that I have had to learn and (hopefully!) retain.

I have also managed to get 100% on the workbooks so far, also no easy task. One more of those to go.

I am determined to succeed in doing this. It is challenging having health and mobility issues, but I am hoping this will help not hinder me. The types of clients I get may be those with health problems themselves. I have to be able to 'think outside' the box. Everybody deserves the opportunity to good health and wellbeing, not just the 'beautiful people'.  I cannot cycle due to my tailbone problems, so I have to do other alternative cardiovascular (CV) work. I can use the cross trainer and the treadmill; and with careful positioning on the seat I can even do a short time on a rowing machine. I also have Achilles tendonosis, and knee pain, so again, I have to work with this.

Resistance machines and free weights need careful consideration with any type of back complaint. Positioning is crucial, along with a strong, stable core and good posture and technique, to protect the back. This will be an ongoing learning experience for me. I would really like eventually to help others with back problems.

I believe that with careful planning, thought and consideration, there is some form of exercise and/or conditioning for everyone. Sometimes it just takes that little bit more in depth research, reflection, reasoning and perseverance.

I have had the additional bonus of loosing a bit of weight. This is no surprise as my gym attendance has had to increase.

My coccydynia has on the whole been better, maybe due to the small weight loss, maybe the increased activity, maybe because I have had other things taking my mind off it. It is still very real, and very much still there. Like I said, I simply cannot cycle, and have to sit with my butt hanging off the rowing machine seat! I also have to be careful when doing any sitting down weights that I am not forcing too much pressure down into that area. It does take thought. I cannot lunge or squat due my knees, and too much cross training, walking, rowing or running sets off my Achilles: so although (and despite!) my body being a bit of a wreck, I remain positive! Positivity is one of our best friends.

Along with a new found love and motivation for all things gym I am hopeful of improving my health and well being and keeping my coccyx pain controlled.

....By the way....this will never be me...! :-)

FINALLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY- always get advice from a healthcare professional before embarking on any new type of fitness regime, or if you have any questions you need answered before starting exercise of any kind.

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