How long can I expect to be off work?

Sue -

Original posting, 2005-06-26:

A couple of months ago, I sat down just the right way and screamed out in pain! I had been having some pain in my tailbone area, but never really "felt" to see if there was something wrong, guessing it would be internal. There was a protrusion at the end of my tailbone about 1/2" long. Each time I turn this way or that, it's very painful.

Went to an orthopedic doc and he gave me a shot of cortizone and it was fine for about 2 weeks and then the pain came back a little at a time. Yesterday, I turned the wrong way and screamed out again and it took me a full 15 minutes to catch my breath, stop shaking and even try to feel if I had broken the protrusion off, if I was bleeding, or what happened. I was sure something terrible had happened.

Called the doc and now am scheduled to have coccyx removed July 19. Would like any feedback on how long I can expect to be off work - was told 2 weeks, but I sit 85% of the time. I have the pillow, but will that be enough?

Update, 2005-08-21:

Hello everyone, I had my coccygectomy July 19 2005 as scheduled. Was in at 7:45 a.m. and home by noon. My recovery has been excellent and I plan to go back to work August 03. My follow-up visit was July 27 and doctor says all looks well and I can sit and drive now as tolerated, so I'm building up my tolerance now.

I had a tough day yesterday, and it is kinda tight, feeling stretched when I do sit and then stand, but I really feel great once I start moving around. My doctor and I are extremely happy with the outcome and with good care and God's blessing, I am on my way to 100%. I realize that 100% won't be for a while longer, but I have been able to accomplish way more than I thought I could. Have been walking a lot, which may be helpful, but lie down when I feel too much strain.

Best of luck to all of you that will be going through this surgery and I keep all of you in my prayers that have already been and are still going through recovery.


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