Coccyx fracture/pain for 2 years

Patty -

Posted 2006-11-26

2 years ago, in March I was taking my dog out on her leash (I live in Maine, so in March there is still alot of snow and ice) the dog bolted across the porch causing me to slip on the ice an fall straight down onto my tailbone. Needless to say, I was in tremendous pain! I went to the emergency room that afternoon. The doctor informed me that the x-ray showed a coccyx fracture. He said that there really isn't anything that they can do but to wait and let it heal itself. He gave me some medication and sent me home.

Over the next few months, I couldn't even drive the car without sitting on something that was high enough, propped under me in a way that my tailbone could hang off of the back of without it actually touching anything. Since the day of the fall, I have had some kind of pain everyday (FOR 2 YEARS!!!!) related to this injury.

Now my biggest problems are, the terrible pain in the tailbone when I attempt to stand up from a sitting position, the muscle pain in the lower right hand side of my back (it seems to ache almost constantly from the tailbone area to almost the right hip) I have seen my family doctor many times about this, he recently ordered a bone scan which they say tells them that there is no 'active' fracture of arthritis.

The doctor continues to tell me that these types of injuries take a long time to heal and that there isn't much that can be done about it. He claims that no surgeons will touch it unless it is CHRONIC PAIN, I have tried to tell him that this has been a painful issue for 2 years but apparently he isn't listening to me or he doesn't consider 730+ days of pain 'CHRONIC'!

I have tried to get a second opinion but because of the type of medical insurance that I have and the area I live in, I can't find a doctor who will see me. I don't know what to do now....My family doctor won't even prescribe a medication other than an anti-inflammatory (which doesn't help at all) to treat my pain. I have checked in the find a surgeon section and Maine is not even listed.

Any suggestions would be great! Also, if anyone can tell me if they have had any medications that have helped!

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