My wife was admitted to the hospital for severe back pain, and lower extremity paralysis. She was treated with steroids, which helped initially, but the pain never went away. She was given an epidural, and released from the hospital. She was referred to a pain specialist (Dr. Richard Gracer, San Ramon, California, see Doctors and specialists in the USA) for follow up treatment. The epidural did not last long, and additional epidurals were administered. The epidurals did seem to narrow down the area causing the severe pain to the tailbone area. Dr. Gracer suggested trying a manipulation of the coccyx. My wife who could hardly walk when entering the doctors office, was able to leave the doctors office without assistance. Pain medicine was no longer required.
The following year (2006) my wife had three major back surgeries due to narrowing of the spinal canal. Thus she had lots of MRI's, X-rays, and exams. After being home for about a month she started experiencing the low back pain again, along with lower extremity paralysis. Because of the previous back surgeries, MRI's, CAT SCANS, and X-RAYS were done again for comparison. All results were negative. Steroids were administered, with the paralysis subsiding. When the steroids were stopped, the pain and paralysis returned. The treating doctors could not find any cause for the pain, and paralysis, but felt there was a cause.
My wife was kept on high doses of steroids while awaiting for an opening at Stanford University Hospital. The treating doctors felt Stanford University Hospital had better diagnostic equipment, and expert doctors to evaluate the pain, and paralysis issue.
Stanford University Hospital doctors who conducted MRI evaluations and examinations told my wife she was faking the pain and paralysis. That she needed to get up and leave the hospital immediately. When she told them she couldn't move, they brought in a hypnotist. The doctors insulted her, and told her the problem was all in her head. I asked the doctors, why the doctors treating my wife prior to coming to Stanford Hospital had said there was no way she could fake the paralysis from the tests they'd performed? They wanted no part of the conversation. I even asked one of the doctors about my wife's previous coccyx adjustment? The doctor told me it was past time for her to go home, and she walked away.
Since my wife was still in severe pain, and barely able to walk, still on steroids, and pain medicines, we were referred to Dr. Gracer again for pain management. At the time of the first appointment with Dr. Gracer, she was taking two norco every 4-hours, and still in severe pain. Dr. Gracer reviewed what had been done since the last visit a year or two earlier, and again suggested trying adjustment of the coccyx. From that appointment on, she has not needed any pain medication for the low back pain, and the paralysis was gone. There was still some pain in the lower back, which went away in a few days.
We had a follow up visit with the surgeon who'd done the three major back surgeries in 2006. We told him about the coccyx adjustment by Dr. Gracer. He told us the coccyx doesn't do anything, and shouldn't have any effect regarding the paralysis, or pain.
Obviously there is much to be learned by the medical profession regarding the coccyx. The proof is, she's walking again, pain free after having the coccyx adjustment.