Coccygectomy oct 15 - advice??

Stephanie -

Posted 2010-10-10

Hi everyone,

I have an appointment scheduled for October 15th to have my tailbone removed and am looking for advice!

Here's my story: I fell on my tailbone the first time in 2004 in cheerleading and dislocated it. I didn't realize I had done this until about 4 months after when the pain would not go away and I finally went in for x-rays. I had assumed I just bruised it at the time. The x rays showed that it was bent under at a decent angle. My doctor told me I could have it manually manipulated back into place, but that it would be painful since it was somewhat healed already, and that it wasn't necessary and would heal on its own at the angle. After about a year, the pain finally went away and I was able to sit, etc without any problems.

Then in the spring of 2009 I fell again, this time rollerblading, and landed directly on my tailbone onto the cement. I immediately knew that I had injured it again as this time it was excruciating to walk, bend, sit, etc. I called the doctor I had seen previously and he told me that he could again manipulate it, or that we could just leave it be and let it heal. I decided to leave it alone and I was put on pain meds for 2 weeks. It has been over a year now and I still cannot sit for more than an hour without a decent amount of pain. I finally went and saw a surgeon and he recommended I have it removed. New x rays showed the previous dislocation along with 2 new fractures. My surgeon told me that it showed no signs of healing and that I would most likely have chronic pain for the rest of my life. We scheduled the surgery for the 15th.

I am a college student who sits for up to two hours at a time in my classes. I understand I will be at home for a week or two basically laying on my stomach, but how soon will I be able to sit through my classes again? My professors are being very accommodating, but I am getting very nervous after reading some people's stories saying that they could only sit for up to 15 minutes at a time for almost 6 weeks. I also have about a 2 mile walk to my classes and am worried that will also be difficult. Any personal experiences of time before being able to sit, and for how long, would be greatly appreciated so I can be more prepared for my recovery.

Thank you!


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