Thanks for your input. I was thinking I should start with the family doctor, but I hope he now has a female P.A. or Nurse Practioner. I would rather that, but I will do what I need to. This problem is getting worse and worse.
I suffered about 3-4 years with coccydenia during which I had several nerve blocks, ablations, ganglion Impar, physical therapy, aquatic therapy, pelvic floor therapy and I went to several pain management physicians until one told me she had done all she knew to help me, and if I ever decided to have my tailbone removed to find one who had successfully done it many times. October 2011 I finally found the right doctor and had the surgery. I knew the healing time would be long, but what did I have to loose? In May 2012 my husband and I were in the parking lot of a shuttle bus co. when we were involved in an auto accident and first me then my husband were thrown to the floor. I was not able to get up and was taken to the nearby hospital ER. I was okay except for the pain in the butt! The rectum about an inch from the anus is swollen so much I am uncomfortable ablout 24-7. Does anyone know what I should do and what type of doctor I should see. Is there a doctor here who I might pose that question to. I am very,very miserable and the only thing that works for me is a BC or Goody's powder and lie down. Sitting hurts worse and lying down until the pain goes down enough to get half way comfortable. Mornings are best, but even then I hurt earlier and earlier in the day. Please offer any advise you may have. It will be very much appreciated. ThanksView Thread
I remember when I first started Neurontin (Gabapentin). I felt so loopy that I called the doc's office. She asked me if I felt drunk? I told her it was like I was in a cloud floating around. She told me that that would pass and it did. Everyone apparently has a different way to express the feeling the early days on these medications make them feel. I have spoken to many people all of whom speak of the symptoms you describe. I think physicians all should explain to patients that pesky side effect when it is prescribed. It obviously was enough that you completly stopped taking it. It is a valuable drug with great results. People should know what can result in the early days. I I am sure this is all mentioned in the paperwork that is given when these medications are picked up at the pharmacy, but it still should behoove the docs to mention this to each patient when prescribed.View Thread
I would like to speak to the statement you made about falling a lot. I have had the misfortune of falling several times which caused some very bad problems.
Please be advised that each fall causes problems to develop. Back discs are of often worn down from degenerative disc desease, as well as other things.Some bulging is likely as we age.
I think I have a balance problem. Have you thought of that? Maybe some of the medication you are taking? I do believe everyone will tell you to try everything before you consent to another back surgery.View Thread
fbpcookie hello again. I forgot to try and answer all of your questions. I was on all types of medications through the last 4 years. I was perscribed different types of opiods. They can be very dangerous. If you are given any of them, please mark the times you take them. I didn't write the times down, and that got me into trouble, believe me. The hydrocodone is an opiod med. Tramadol is the weaker of the pain meds you are taking. Don't take hydrocodone unless you must. The Lyrica is used for nerve pain. So is neurontin. I still take neurontin a couple of times a day. I hope this helps. I will check back to see whether you are able to use any of the help I have given. Good luck in your quest for help.View Thread
Hi bpcookie. I have had surgery to remove my coccyx. That was in October 2011. I had suffered for years with pain. (I must say that my pain got worse over time. It did not start out hurting so badly) My pain felt like I had a steel or other stiff pipe or object in my rectum. That is the best way I could explain it. My worse pain happened while sitting. Of course, if you can't sit long enough or at all, you are not able to go anywhere (sitting to drive or ride) or sit long enough to eat at the table, or in a chair to even visit with family or friends. I began to have to call friends or my husband to take me to doctor appointments or therapy while I was in the back seat trying to get comfortable enough to make the trip. My therapy consisted of every kind from physical therapy to pelvic floor therapy. The last therapist told me my tailbone was hypermoblie (moved round and round at the tip). I finally had to have it rmoved. It took a while to find a physician who had performed that kind of surgery successfully many times. He tried again to give injections, but after the second shot which did not work past the time it took me to ride the 90 miles home, I decided another option had to be discussed. Finally my husband drove me to discuss options with the physician. He admitted that my coccyx was not responding for years to conservative treatment, and surgery to remove it might be my only option. Please give me some more information if you can. I will be more than happy to help you. Believe me, I went through pure hell until after I healed from the surgery. The healing can be a very slow process, but I have never been sorry I had the surgery.
Darbar918, I would say your wound looks bad! I realize it has been 3 days since you posted, so what have you found out? I would run, not walk, to someone I trust to check you out. I have never seen nor heard of anything like this. Please let us know what is going on.View Thread