Sit-ups set the pain off again

Denise -

Posted 2009-02-01

My name is Denise. I am a serving member of the Canadian Forces and have been for 23 years. About 15 years ago I fell on my sidewalk and caught the corner of the sidewalk dead on my tailbone. I was paralyzed with pain. I could not get up off the ground. I went to the hospital and had an x-ray. I had broken my coccyx. It took quite a while to heal but eventually it did.

A year and almost 2 months ago, Nov 30th 2008, I was doing sit-ups on a cement floor without a mat. We were doing circuit training and I was preparing for my annual express test. The next day (which was my birthday) I could hardly move. I was sore but I honestly thought it was from the workout the day before, especially because I had really given it my all. Some friends and us went out to celebrate my 40th and I was in excruciating pain. The following Monday was when I first sought medical help. I first went for physio, did 25 rounds, had traction, ultra sound, massaging, and nothing helped.

I've had 6 MRI's, Bone Scans, CT Scans, Cortisone shots which did absolutely nothing. The Rhumatologist has recommended pain management clinic to have the area frozen or the nerves deadened, or to have the coccyx removed completely. I've also been diagnosed with Tarlov Cysts, but they tell me they are inconsequential. They have ruled out sacroillitis as well.

The pain is hard to describe. Sometimes it feels like I'm sitting on a bone or something. If I'm sitting for too long I feel "frozen" like it's hard to get myself up. I can't remember the last time I slept through the night. They tell me I probably have Burcitis in my hips now because of the compensating.

I want to have the coccyx removed, my military doctor doesn't think it's the right answer, at least not right now. They haven't found anything else that it could be, so I don't know why not remove it? It's affecting my career. I'm unable to successfully complete my express test as I can't do sit-ups or the pushups. The thought of doing a sit-up makes me flinch.

I am frustrated and I just want to have my health back.

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