Lived with discomfort for 30 years

Paul, UK

I am recovering 8 days after surgery. Quite painful when I first came round from anaesthetic but with plenty of pain relief, nothing I couldn't handle. Back home the next day and have felt a little better each day. I spend my time lying down or standing up. I really can't sit for more than a couple of minutes at a time, but then I didn't expect to be able to.

I have lived with the discomfort for 30 years but over the last couple of years the discomfort has turned to pain and the severity of pain has increased quite rapidly. I tried physiotherapy which worked initially and I also tried the steroid injections and manipulation which didn't seem to work at all. It was after this treatment that I decided to have the coccyx removed. Hopefully I'll have made the right choice and I hope to be able to return to work in about three weeks time. I do a sitting down job so at the moment am not sure if I'll be able to sit for most of the day, but time will tell.

At this stage I have no regrets but I know its very early days and I have been told by my consultant that it could be up to 6 months before I really know if the operation has been a success. In the meantime I'm just keeping my fingers crossed.

Updated 2004-10-17

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