Don't know whether to have the operation

Toni -

Posted 2008-12-21

My name is Toni I'm a 29 year old woman with two children aged 2 & 3 and just recently married.

I had an accident at work on the 1st of April this year where a door hit me in my back and fractured my coccyx, the doctor told me it would take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal. I have since found out that was a lie. I have been in severe pain ever since. I started off on tramadol which made me very sick and completely out of it and it was only a couple of weeks away till my wedding and didn't really wanted to be drugged up on my wedding day, so I reduced them to one every for hours, I was also on diclofenac but nothing really seemed to take the pain away. My doctor started me on gabapentin but they caused lots of side affects so I only take two a day at the moment. I am also on fluoxotene due to depression and to help with the chronic pain.

I started physiotherapy in June having acupuncture twice a week which really helped the piriformis syndrome which was caused due to me clenching all the time, but it didn't really help the coccyx pain. I have tried manipulation of the coccyx which didn't help. I then had an MRI scan which showed the fracture had healed and there wasn't any other problems.

I was then referred to a pain specialist a Tameside General Hospital Dr Ousta who thought it would help if I had steroid injections, I had my first set of injections on the 3rd of October they really helped with the piriformis syndrome but not the coccyx pain. I had my second set of injections on the 17th November but they only gave me mild relief for about 2 weeks. I go back to see my consultant in January and he has mentioned to my about removal off the coccyx but I am scared and really don't know what to do.

I don't have much of a life anymore, I cant do very much with my children as I cant lift them or run around with them and they are suffering to. As I mentioned before I got married in May this year and find it very difficult to have a proper relationship with my husband. I sleep on a reclining chair in my front room and so that we can be together he sleeps on the other sofa. I am still currently off on the sick because I cant sit for more than 20 minutes at time. I feel like my life is over before it has even begun properly.

I have read many of the personal experiences on your web site but I am still unsure as to whether I should have the operation or just keep on going the way I am, but for how long I really don't know.

I suppose I'm just looking for somebody to tell me to go for the operation and that things will be ok afterwards but that's not reality, but it would be nice to here from people in the same position as me, just to give me some guidance.

Thank you for your wonder site its amazing and sorry going on with myself but I do feel a little better about it all know.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Many Thanks


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