Success with self-manipulation, May you be blessed, Brenda

Kay -

Posted 2007-07-01

Hey Brenda

Good morning. I know only about your personal experience of coccyx pain which you shared with others; and even more importantly, how you found relief. [See also Manual treatments for coccyx pain and Lee's experience of self-manipulation.]

First, I thank you profusely for sharing the info, and showing me the way. In less than 30 seconds after reading your page I tried what you suggested. Instantly, the pain was gone! I could not believe this had happened. For almost 20 years - yes, just six months short of 20 years, I've suffered immense pain in my coccyx that followed a traumatic car accident during which I sustained multiple sacroiliac/pelvic fractures and a deep injury on the forehead. Fortunately, the latter healed well over the years, although the scar is visible and much of the sensation in the forehead was lost. The fractures also healed eventually, and I went about my daily life, pursued my professional education and my advertising career, despite a persistent deep shooting pain in the tail-bone region.

In hindsight, I'd recalled that as a kid in middle-school, I fell on the cement-concrete floor from a trapeze in my school gym (not during school hours but in the morning before classes commenced). I imagine I must have cried then, but not much attention may have been paid. Even at home, my parents may have perceived it as 'just one of those falls that school-going kids have all the time'. It's also possible I may not have narrated exactly what happened for fear of being admonished for being "naughty". Anyway, the accident many years later may have triggered off/reactivated this deep-rooted problem. Effectively, after the car accident, I could not sit for too long, could not stand for long, the only relief I felt was while walking around (fortunately, my profession demanded that I don't warm my seat for too long); or, while sleeping, but not until I'd tried some self-manipulation, or taken help from mother, and more recently from my spouse. Call this a constant, chronic shooting pain - my 365 days, 24/7 unwelcome companion. Many X-rays, doctors, chiropractor, physiotherapist, exercise, no-exercise, but no resolution. Given my threshold for pain is very high, I've disallowed the pain to hamper my work, no matter what.

The past week was excruciatingly painful due to extensive road travel recently - even more so (if there's anything like that, but that's something only a person experienced in such pain can empathize with); so on Saturday morning I spent about five hours reading more and more and more of the tailbone-related sites on the net. I re-read so many of the experiences; have been fairly abreast of the progress (or lack of it) in this area of medicine (but I'm not critical). Finally, sitting for so long at the computer only aggravated the pain - naturally.

I wanted to read one last experience - it just happened to be yours. Oh wow, must be 30 seconds after I did what you've suggested, that and I was pain-free! This may seem miraculous and only I know what a big deal this is for me. Thanks so very much for your help. I wanted to see if this was imagined, or now, if the pain was imagined. Today it's Tuesday morning and I'm still pain-free in that region. In all these years even three days of being pain-free is tremendous improvement because I've now forgotten what it was to live without that pain!

I hope this email does not go into the spam folder. I know this is long, and I hope you'll forgive me for it. Thanks so very much. May you be blessed, Brenda, and may your dreams be fulfilled. I wish you well and continued good health. Your narration on was from 2003 even if I read it only now. As I write, my eyes have welled up. Thanks so very much. I also thank Jon Miles for his informative website and all the others who've shared their stories.



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