Pain for about a year

Lyn -

Posted 2009-08-02

I've had this pain for about a year now. I don't remember any particular reason why this might have started, but I thought it might have something to do with the fact that my job requires me to sit for about 8-9 hours a day plus a 3-hour round trip commute.

Oddly enough, softer chairs seem to work better for me than hard chairs (compared to what I've read on this forum). Getting up is excruciating. I feel my buttocks start to clench and it's hard not to call out in pain or at least make a very unattractive face! It doesn't hurt when I stand or walk, or even lay down - just when I sit. But I can't keep standing either - my lower back starts to ache. Thankfully, sitting in my car doesn't seem to hurt very much. I'm not heavy - 5'3" at about 125 pounds - so maybe it's the lack of padding down there!

I got called for jury duty and had to spend two days sitting down waiting to get on a jury - thank god I wasn't called because I thought I was going to die! I kept squirming around on my chair like a three-year-old.

Anyway - I've been reading this forum for a while now and I'm pretty sure that coccydynia is the cause of my pain. What treatment I want to pursue is another issue. I don't want to be on medication for the rest of my life (I'm only 40). I'm discouraged by most of the surgery stories. I'm thinking I'll just get back into yoga first and see if that helps.

I'm sharing this now because I hope to have an update in a few months and want to make sure I remember how I feel now! I have a very high tolerance for pain, but I can't deal with this - sitting is just too much a part of every day life.

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