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, 3 February 2018

Finally time to blog again!

Well, my coursework for my Level 3 Personal training Diploma is now all in. The practical stuff is all passed. So, I am now a Registered Gym Instructor (Level 2), but waiting to get my results for the Level 3 coursework. I am a Registered Exercise Professional and very excited!

In addition to this I undertook a mandatory Update Day for Nurses, so I can keep this Registration going as well. As long as I can prove I do a certain amount of Nurse related procedures and assessments I can stay registered. The NMC have confirmed this for me.

 My aim is to empower people to lead fuller lives through personalised programmes that restore function & vitality. I want to improve individual overall fitness, wellness & health in a responsible safe & professional manner. Motivation is key. Particular interests for me will be fallers, the elderly, those with long-term health conditions, in fact- anyone just daunted by the whole ‘gym thing’! I would like to go on and do The Exercise Referral Course, and also specialise in backs later on.

Exercise has helped dramatically with my lower back and coccyx pain. My mandatory update day was a full 9-5 not including travel time. Every aspect was sitting, apart from Basic life Support. I simply could not sit all day. I had genuinely forgotten what coccyx pain was like. Imagine that! I HAD FORGOTTEN WHAT COCCYX PAIN WAS LIKE.....until that day. 

I am over being embarrassed about it now, I had to stand for most of it, and I explained why I was having to stand. I am still baffled that you get weird looks when you try and explain about coccyx pain, and how awful it is; even other healthcare professionals looked at me like I was talking in some foreign language about something they had never heard about....or shock, horror I was openly discussing my backside.

I simply don't get it.

Anyway, it was a long and painful day, improved by standing. The next day- straight to the gym. What a relief. I am so fortunate the pain did not linger. For me staying active is so important. It is not just because it helps with my pain, it keeps me cheerful, it gets me out the house (now that I have lost my job), it's helping me loose weight, it's introducing me to new people, it's keeping my joints supple, my body strong and flexible and my heart and lungs healthy- you get the picture!

I feel for those who are unable to exercise for whatever reason. I have had those times, but always been fortunate to be able to get back to it at some point.

Providing that I'm careful I can even sit on my bum, but NEVER directly on my coccyx, I don't think I'll ever to be able to do this. So sitting and getting on and off equipment is done in my own individual and unique way, a kind of weird, subtle little roll onto a buttock!


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