Day 2 after removal of my coccyx

Kristi -

Posted 2008-06-22

I have spent many years of my life with terrible lower back pain, I tried pain clinics, chiropractors, physical therapy, yoga... only to end up taking large doses of narcotic pain medications. I finally became fed up! I told my doctor, "I'm sick of hurting but I want off these terrible drugs! What else can I do..." Then I was introduced to an orthopedic surgeon...

So, here I am on day 2 of my recovery after having my coccyx removed. I was so happy to have found a site where I can read of other people's experiences! I had no idea that this procedure even existed before my family doctor referred me to an orthopedic specialist. At first I thought...eww! How gross! How could they take out my "butt bone", don't I need it? When he explained to me that the coccyx was probably the cause of most of my pain and it was doing me more harm than good, I said "Take it out! When/where do I sign up!!"

I am now forcing myself to "take it easy", which is very hard for me, I am a divorced mother of 3 (all under 5 years of age). Thank goodness I have a lot of help from Grandma and Grandpa! My biggest challenge is getting comfortable when I try to sit or sleep. I read one person's comments and they were sleeping on their stomach, I am a well endowed woman and that isn't possible for me. Any other suggestions out there? I don't want to have to keep popping pain meds in order to get the rest I need! One of the biggest reasons I went through with this was to get _*off*_ the medications.

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