The surgeon offered only one solution

John -

I am a 28 year old male in the military stationed in Spokane, Washington and I was having pain when I would sit down, for about 2 years. Of course, like most "guys", I didn't go to the doctor for fear of having the doctor go inspect for the problem. So, I lived with the pain until I could not stand it any more. At first, my primary care physician diagnosed me with a pilonidal cyst. I was referred to a general surgeon to have it drained. (I was told this was a common problem referred to as "Truckers butt." A condition that caused basically like an in-grown hair in the coccyx region.)

After an x-ray the true story was told; In the past year I have lost 43 pounds and in doing so I lost a great portion of cushion offered by the buttock. The surgeon immediately dismissed a cyst and referred me to a orthopedic surgeon. The orthopedic surgeon offered me only one solution: Coccyx removal, I accepted reluctantly.

That is where I am now 15 days after surgery. If I could do it again I wouldn't. I am still in a great deal of pain and sitting is unbearable. My doctor reassures me that once I heal I will be 110% but it is terrible. I guess I expect a week to 10 days of pain but I know now I am looking at more like 4-6 weeks to be pain free.

To compound the problem I didn't have anyone to take care of me so I laid around and slept most of the days after surgery causing me to develop pneumonia. That landed me, a week after surgery, in the intensive care unit at my local hospital. Coccyx removal, at least in my area, is considered strictly outpatient surgery, therefore you must go home after the surgery. Easier said than done.

My recommendation: do your own research; do not let a doctor tell you what is best for you. If you can live with getting a cortisone injection I would say try that first. If that fails then look into other options. When recommends surgery as the last option there is a reason: it is painful and recovery is slow.

Good luck and please email me with any questions if you have them.

Updated 2005-07-24

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