Maggie Thorpe - email@example.com
I am writing this standing up as I have just had my coccyx removed four days ago.
I first started having a problem in the coccyx area three years ago. I had suffered lower back pain for over 20 years, but not in this area. Once the coccyx pain started to get worse I have not had lower back pain. However, I have suffered unbelievable discomfort and pain in the coccyx. I got to the stage where I could not sit down or drive the car. I could not travel as a passenger unless I laid down in the back of the car. I had to stand on aircrafts. Getting out of sitting position was a nightmare. I could not do it with out yelling out loud and holding my bum!
Last January I was admitted into hospital in West Yorkshire UK to have a manipulation under anaesthetic. Also had injections put inside as well. They worked wonders for six weeks then I was as bad as ever. I returned to see my GP and was sent back to my specialist. Mr Wray at Airedale Hospital West Yorkshire (see Doctors and specialists in the UK) . He said I was a good candidate for a removal operation. I was told he was the expert this field and he had done over hundred operations.
I went into hospital on the 30th January 2007 for my removal. I was operated on the same day and I stayed in hospital two nights. I was surprised to find I had little discomfort was I work from the anaesthetic. I was on a morphine drip and pain killers Declafenic and paracetamol. On day two I felt Ok but had not been to the toilet. Mr Wray came to visit me and said I could go home as soon as I had moved my bowels. I ate loads of fruit and took some laxatives and drank Aloe Vera Gel. The next morning I had gone to the loo big time! So I was able to go home. I am still taking laxatives as I think without it would be very painful.
I have not felt too much discomfort. I was told to lay on my side and stand up top eat. Not to sit down for six weeks. This is a bit of a downer for me as I had a big engagement to attend in London in three weeks time and now I doubt I can go if I cant sit down. I don't know what will happen if I sit too soon.
I shall wait and see how I am getting on.
I am still taking the Declafenic and the paracetamol. I am OK standing and I can sleep OK on my side. Laying on ones back hurts at the moment. Also when the pain killers wear off I have had moments of very bad pain. I have been using a MEDICUR pain relief machine at times like this. I found it helps. It also helps to sleep on silk sheet or silk nightwear as you can turn over easier.
I am able to walk OK and I have not tried to sit.
All in all I feel I cant believe I have had this done after a long time waiting and feeling my life was on hold. I just want to be patient and get the next few weeks over. I have booked a flight in Mid April as I am determined to get away to the sun.
I will update you later. My stitches are due out in 10 days time.
Regards Maggie Thorpe.
I am now in my eleventh day after surgery. I have had horrific pain the past week. This is when the pain killers are wearing off. I have seen my GP and I have now been given ZAMADOL tablets and Diclofenac. Slow release Zamadol, and I can take Paracetamol in between if needed. I feel better today, less pain and I had a shower for the first time. Next Friday I have the stitches removed.
I have not sat down as yet and I don't know if I could do so as it is painful to try to do so. All in all I am feeling positive and hoping it has all been worthwhile. I will post later to update my progress.
Thanks Jon for allowing me to pass on my experience and the help I have had from this site prior to having surgery. It is good to read up on other peoples experiences. Makes you feel less alone.
Thank you to all who have contacted me, and for your good wishes.
I am now feeling so much better, the pain is much less and I have had my stitches out. I am two and a half weeks after my operation. I feel better each day and today I have not had to take any pain killers so far. May need some as the day progresses, but so far I feel I don't need them. I have slept well and I can now turn over and I found myself laying on my back this morning. I could not have done that a week ago. I have not sat down and I wont till I know I can. My surgeon said 6 weeks. I see him for a check up on Monday. I have been outside and had a few short slow walks with my husband. I was pain free. Just felt light headed may be with the pain killers.
All in all I am pleased I am recovering so fast. I eat a very healthy diet, lots of fish , fruit and vegetables, and I don't drink alcohol. I have been taking Beta Glucan tablets for six months to boost my immune system. I bought them from America on the Internet. I cant buy Beta Glucan in the UK. I think it has helped me heal faster. The nurse in the hospital could not believe how fast my wound was healing. I said I had been taking the Beta Glucan. She said she had studied it at university. She said it mends cells faster. The product I bought was IMMUTOL.
I would not hesitate to have the operation if you can have it. I feel it will have changed my life as I had been in pain for years. I used to have lower back pain from my waist down for 20 plus years. However, since the pain in my coccyx started my original back pain has gone!
So now I feel pain free apart from the operation wound pain. It will be bliss! To be able to sit without been in agony.
I do hope any of you out there can find a solution to your problem. Please don't be afraid of the surgery. It was not scary for me as I was so glad to get it done with.
I did have recovery pain, but once I got the pain killers sorted I have felt much better. I would not hesitate to have this done again. My life was dreadful before as I was unable to do so many things. I say if you can get it sorted with surgery, then go for it!
Best wishes Maggie.
I am now seven weeks after my operation and I have to say I feel GOOD!
I have still pain inside from the healing process, but I am able to manage most days with out pain killers. I do take 100 mg diclofenac suppositories at night if need be as it helps you feeling less stiff in a morning. Plus I still feel pain if I lay on my back. I have pain if I bend over and a tightness in the area. However, none of this is anything I cant cope with. I feel so much better after having horrific pain for years in my back. I have started trying to sit down on the edge of the seat or on my coccyx cushion on a firm chair. I can manage a few minutes and it is getting better each day. I still spend most of my day standing and walking. I am used to standing as I have done so all my life as part of my job. If I feel tired I have a little lie down for a short time. I am retired now so no need to feel guilty at laying down!
I have been able to get back into walking each day and I can walk 3 to 4 miles no problem. I have always been a good walker and I find it helps with back pain. I have not driven the car yet. I have only sat in the car twice. I tried last week as I had to go to the dentist. My husband did the driving and I ended up having to sit on the back seat leaning forward and holding on the front seat headrest. It was not a good journey so wont be going in the car for a while.
I have to fly to Cyprus mid April. This will be a test getting to the airport in the car. Cyprus is four and a half hour flight. However, I have done this flight so many times with my coccyx problem that I guess the cabin crew know me. I have sit for take off & landing but I stand up most of the journey at the back of the plane. I always carry my coccyx cushion. However because of security at airport I now have to take a self inflatable cushion so it fits into my handbag. I bought a good one two years ago from www.putnams.co.uk and it helps if I sit with my tailbone that was hanging over the back edge.
I am still delighted with the results I have had so far. I cant believe how much better I feel. I just hope I continue to go this way. I am so pleased I have the removal done. Good luck to all who are experiencing the same problems. I will post in a few months after I return from Cyprus. Let you know how I managed the flight!