Physicians in Western Canada?

Len -

I found your website several months ago after looking for information on Coccydynia.

I have had a history of low back pain over the last twenty years but during the last 5 years the pain has increased in severity. I am on large doses of oral Morphine but this has little effect on reducing the severity of the pain.

I have had multiple investigations including x-rays, blood tests, CT scans, MRI and Bone scans. I have seen multiple specialists including Hematologists, Physiatrist, Rheumatologists, Internal Medicine as well as Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Acupuncturists. I have received several injections by an anesthesiologist at a pain clinic under CT guidance.

The Mayo Clinic recently diagnosed my condition as Coccydynia and recommended that I attend their Pain Management Program. They never discussed the possibility of having the Coccyx removed.

Several local doctors have confirmed the diagnosis by internally checking the areas of tenderness in the tissues surrounding the Coccyx.

I have read about Dr. Jean-Yves Maigne of Paris who devised an X-Ray technique which compares movement of the Coccyx in standing and sitting positions. He states this approach is necessary in order to evaluate and cure the problem.

Unfortunately I am finding that most Physicians are not familiar with this technique, even though I live in Calgary, Alberta (western Canada) with a population of 900,000 people. Dr. Jean-Yves Maigne also cautions the patient that removal of the bone must be done very carefully and slowly to avoid any damage which could compromise the result. He recommends a surgeon with experience.

I would appreciate anyone knowing a Physician that can firstly evaluate as to whether I may be a suitable prospect and if so perform the surgery. I would prefer to have treatment done in Canada but would also appreciate the names of any treatment centres in the U.S.A.

I am not bed-ridden with this condition but my quality of life is poor. I rarely drive my car and must stand while eating my meals. When I lie down my low back muscles go into spasm which causes me a lot of additional pain.

If anyone can help please contact me at:


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