Help needed for coccyx pain

Richard L. -

Posted 2008-07-25

I am at my wits end and trying to find a solution to the endless tailbone pain. IĎm 67 and generally in excellent overall health. The tailbone pain began last Dec í07 and appears to have been triggered by doing sit ups on a machine at the gym. It began suddenly, there was no trauma, no fall or other severe impact to cause the pain. After going to 3 different Doctors who misdiagnosed the pain and gave me very expensive creams to treat the inflammation in the area, it was on your site, which we found on Google, that I finally began to understand what might be going on.

Since then, Iíve had 2 cortosteroid injections right into the affected area done with fluoroscopy at my local hospital in Nyack NY. Neither of them brought any relief whatsoever, nor do the Precocet pills I was prescribed to help manage the pain. (Also shocking was the bill sent to my insurance company; $3,400 including a long list of "itemized" random charges).

I have tried the 'doughnut' cushion on my office chair, doesnít help at all though generally hard seats are better then soft ones for very short periods of time. The worst place of all is my car seat, driving has become a hellish experience, the constant bumps, going over potholes etc causes severe pain, a round trip to NYC, about 1 hour each way, is truly an ordeal.

Iím presently being treated by a chiropractor who is applying cold laser pulse treatment along with ice to the area and also some lower back manipulations. The x-ray that he took clearly shows that the tip of the coccyx is displaced and pointing inwards. He said that he had had success with this treatment before and that I should try 6 sessions. If there is no improvement after 6 sessions, he said there would be no point in continuing. I have had 3 sessions so far with no change at all, odds are this is not going to work. He suggested trying acupuncture next.

So far, 3 medical professionals have told me that surgery is not an option although I see on your site that several cases have been reported with mixed success. I work at the computer and the pain is unrelenting. Driving, working, eating, watching TV, going to movies or anything which involves sitting is a hellish experience. The only relief is when Iím on my feet, working out at the gym, swimming or sleeping on my side.

Iím hoping someone can help to point me in the right direction for a solution in the New York City area.

Many thanks for your site, Richard L.

Update, 2008-08-24

It's been a month since I last posted and I must say I'm really glad to have found this site. I've had many emails from all over the world with encouraging ideas and solutions to our common experience of this miserable affliction.

Since the last post, I've had 6 cold laser treatments and some lower back adjustments from a chiropractor, Dr Bruce Handelsman in Nyack, NY. Unfortunately with no relief at all.

However, his partner, a Dr Catherine Hall, is an Acupuncturist and I've had 4 visits with her so far and this is the first procedure since this affliction began 8 months ago that actually produced some relief from the constant pain. Prior to this, the pain level on a scale of 1-10 on an average day (lots of sitting at the computer working, driving, watching TV etc) was between 7-9 with peaks late in the day, before bed to 10. Acupuncture has reduced this, on MOST days, to a 3-5 average with peaks to about 8 (like today).

Clearly, Acupuncture is NOT going to heal the dislocated tailbone, just a way to manage the pain levels. Some days, like today, NOTHING helps other then going to bed and getting a good nights sleep.

A tip for driving. One of the worst places, as we all know, is the dreaded car seat. I purchased an inflatable cushion and use it in the car, it works the best of anything I've tried, acts as a shock absorber on rough stretches of road.

Update, 2008-11-23

Has anyone here had any experience with Prolotherapy for the treatment of coccyx pain? I'm considering it as the corto-steroid injections I had in July did not work.


Richard L.

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