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, 3 May 2018


Trying to blog whilst studying is proving quite a challenge. All the sitting around is also not of much help to my coccyx. I have now passed my 'Adapting Exercise for Older Adults' and am on the way to achieving my 'Exercise referral Qualification' which will enable me to help all those with medical conditions- including lower back pain.

Interestingly one of the other people on this course suffers with coccydynia, although it presents differently to mine- his is worse on standing, whereas mine improves. He feels his came on after significant weight loss, mine was after spin cycling. It has not stopped him staying physically active though.

The effect activity has on coccydynia is due in part to the endorphins it releases. Endorphins are released when you exercise and help reduce ones perception of pain, acting as an analgesic. Endorphins also have a 'feel good effect' and help lift your mood, which can also help in our perception of pain. Additionally they can keep stress at bay, and help us sleep better as they act as a mild sedative. In fact, physical activity is often 'prescribed' for people with depression, stress and/or anxiety, as well as for back pain. Endorphins

So if you are suffering with any type of back pain, depression, or medical condition see your healthcare provider and get some advise on becoming more physically active. It has a whole heap of benefits!  Benefits of Physical Activity.

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