Success in Lexington, SC

Debi -

My secretarial chair tipped over and dumped me out. I landed on the heel of my shoe, fracturing my coccyx at a 90 degree angle, with the tip poking right into my rectum. After 6 unbearable months of sitting on my doughnut and trying one anti-inflammatory after another, we scheduled surgery. My doctor told me afterward that when he entered the incised area, my coccyx was just barely connected by a thin piece of tissue. This explained the pain I had during sex, when I had the urge to have a bowel movement, and basically when I was awake.

Surgery was the best thing for me. I was out of work for 6 weeks, returned to work (with a new chair) sitting at my computer and have had no ill effects since. Every human body is different and everybody reacts differently to pain, so this may not be the treatment of choice for everyone. Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing ahead of time how your recovery will be, but if you follow the doctor's post-op instructions to the letter, your chances are better than good for a full recovery. My injury was rated as a 5 percent disability, which is nothing at all. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have sat in that chair, but I would have followed the same course of action.

You can use my name and my e-mail address, because I think there are a lot of people out there in pain because they are afraid to take action.


Updated 2001-08-25

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