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, 1 November 2017

Yoga today

I did yoga today, first time in over ten years. I had been reading a lot about how many of the exercises are good for coccyx pain, so thought I'd give it a go to reinforce all my recent gym activity. For example the 'cat-cow' pose where you are on all fours and curve your spine upwards will in time strengthen your abdomen and thereby support your spine.

This link demonstrates the yoga poses that are alleged to help coccydynia. Yoga for coccydynia

As I consider myself a beginner it will undoubtedly be a while before I see any results. I was thrown in at the deep end really, as the teacher just shouted out positions to get into, and as I couldn't see her I had to follow what the others were doing (correctly or incorrectly). She did, however, eventually realise that I was struggling I think, and came over to assist! Some of the positions we got into were nuts, and to be honest I couldn't do them all. I am aching already which I see as a good thing.

I will keep going. I do still suffer with my tailbone pain. It is there to stay. I have learnt to live with it and adapt myself to it. I control my pain rather than it controlling me. Getting stronger and more active has definitely helped- both physically and psychologically. I also think losing weight will help as it will take more pressure away from that area.

My additional blog is also going well. It is going to run companionably alongside my coccyx/chronic pain blog. That's the plan anyway.

I intend showing that us coccydynia sufferers can still get strong, fit and active, and that coccydynia does not define who we are. It makes us stronger people, and I feel more empathetic and sympathetic to others...but that's just my opinion!

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