Symptoms for two years with no relief

Mrs A Chesterton, UK

I am a lady nearing 60 years of age. I have experienced pain in the very lower part of my spine for just two years this month. The symptoms I have been experiencing are of a feeling like sitting on a jagged stone (some people apparently say a marble). It feels as though it is pressing on the anus and gives you the feeling that you always want to open your bowels. I was sent to a bowel consultant who said these symptoms were, she didn't think, bowel related. However to confirm this I went through five various bowel tests (some not pleasant) and this confirmed that my bowel was healthy, but the consultant didn't know where to send me and I was referred back to my GP.

I then went to a chiropractor who said it was sacro-coccygeal pain following previous coccygeal fracture with subsequent joint degeneration and he said unfortunately he could only give me a slim chance of being able to help. I underwent about 10 sessions, and with no relief called it a day.

I went back to my GP who then referred me to an orthopaedic consultant who said the coccyx was not fractured but that I had coccydynia. I underwent a manipulation and steroid injection under general anesthetic but again this did not give me any relief.

I have now been referred to a pain clinic and I have an appointment at the end of June, after waiting since the beginning of March. This pain is with me 24 hours a day, it hurts to sit, to stand is terrible. I have walked out of shops because I cannot stand to queue, and I can only walk to where I have to go and no further, I could not go for a "walk".

This is a cry for help. Can anyone give me any up to date help, as in drugs or a recommendation of a particular consultant within the East Midlands, UK, or any information which will help?

Mrs A Chesterton

Updated 2004-06-27

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