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First of all, I don’t have a coccyx (also known as a tailbone). I had mine removed in 2015 to see if it would get rid of my sitting pain. It didn’t. I still have the pain exactly the same as it was when I had a coccyx. I’ve learned to cope better over the last 4 years since my coccygectomy surgery, but things are still tough and very painful. I’ve been thinking lately about more I can do to help myself, and I’ve come up with 4 things that would help me cope better with my coccyx (tailbone) pain.
1. A foldable coccyx cut-out cushion
I still struggle to use my coccyx cut-out cushion when I go out. It’s embarrassing, bulky, and so awkward to carry. It doesn’t take the pain away completely, which is another reason why I don’t aways use it when I’m away from the house. But it can help me get a little comfier and sometimes stops my pain kicking in as quick.
What I need instead, and what would be less embarrassing, less bulky, easier to carry and take out and about with me, is a suitably designed coccyx cut-out cushion that is foldable. Something I can hide away in my bag in between using it and makes me feel much more at ease using it in public.
2. A lie-down desk
Now I didn’t think this actually exactly existed, but it does. At a price! (I am not affiliated with this company in any way – I wish I was!). I saw it on my Facebook newsfeed one day, and was like “wow, I need one of those” but it’s completely out of my price-range.
It would be the perfect desk set-up for me, as long as it had a coccyx cut-out bit in the chair. I could lie-down to work, do my blog stuff, and get comfy watching Netflix, TV, and films. I’d still have to mix it up between sitting, standing, and lying down, as being in one position too long causes not only my coccyx pain, but pain elsewhere (neck, shoulder, and now thighs). But this would mean that I’d be much comfier, in less pain, and could manage my pain far better than what I do now.
3. A suitable garden seat
I love being outside. It does wonders for my wellbeing and I’m learning more and more about the positive impacts of the outdoors and nature and how it can improve our health, sleep, and stress levels.
I can never get comfy though. Every seat or lounger I’ve tried is either too painful, too hard, too uncomfortable, or hard work. I’m constantly changing positions or leaning to one side, which always makes my neck and shoulder pain worse.
I am yet to come across the perfect garden seat. They’re not designed for people with coccyx pain, and even when I use my cushion, I still struggle with the pain. It’s really frustrating, but at least it encourages me to keep moving and not lie or settle in the same place for hours. Every cloud.
4. A bigger stand up table for the garden
As well as relaxing outside, I also like to work in my garden too. I have a tall table which is like a round bar table, but I could do with something that is bigger but still practical.
I’d like enough room for my laptop, some papers, and a drink. These don’t seem to exist though. Or if they do, again they are at a price and don’t fold up to be easily stored away.
Do you suffer from sitting, tailbone or coccyx pain?
What would help you cope better?