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
In an adult the lower end of the spinal cord usually ends at approximately the first lumbar vertebra, where it divides into many individual nerve roots (L1). That is the reason Lumbar Puncture usually perform at L3-L4 in order to prevent accidentally injure to the spinal cord.
I am wondering if a urologist should be contacted. This specialty deals with the problems you have mentioned. My husband found the urologist has been helpful. Just wondering if you are taking medication for high blood pressure and/or other medications can be culprits. I might be completely off base here, but those are my two cents worth. Disregard if I am treading in muddy waters.View Thread
I underwent coccyx removal surgery about 2 months ago. The pain persists. I knew going in that this would be a long and arduous healing process, but I am already becoming disillusioned.
I did my research and found an orthopedic physician who had successfull performed this surgery many times. (The reason I am asking this question here is two-fold. One is to get another opinion and because my surgeon isapproximately 90 miles away). I don't know how I can continue on with this degree of pain. The incision is clear and I have not had any trouble with that. I am wondering whether a TNS unit or any other modality will help. I am sitting for up to 30 minutes at a time, but at leasts twice daily I must resort to taking 15mg of Oxycodone along with doses of neurontin. I also take Aleve and the pain is almost intolerable. That is whether I try to sit, lie down using a heating pad and standing in a warm shower. If a doctor or patient with any help, please advise. I am nearing my wits end. Thank you in advance.
Oh Sweetie, What can I say to possibly make you feel better. Nothing I know. I will pray for you to find some comfort sooner rather than later. If Angela and Rodney marry I want you to be front row center. How can I go through that without YOU? I don't expect a wedding anytime soon. They know it will take at least three months to prepare for a wedding and get sisters home. Kidding aside, I pray you will be here when the time comes. Two sisters live out west. Shay is closer in Montgomery, AL, but she is so busy at law she will have to do some planning! I am going to ask my close cousin Vickie to use their BIG camper for sleeping quarters when the time comes. See, there is room for my other sister! Always..I truly will keep you in my prayers daily. As Di said you have always been there to help others, you need a little TLC yourself and you will be treated like a queen here. I'll see to that.