Considering a coccygectomy

Beverly -

Posted 2013-01-27

My story is similar to so many. My coccyx pain started about 5 years ago. As I nurse, I thought I probably had a pilonidal cyst. My doctor told me it was coccydynia and that it would go away and sure enough it did. However about 3 years ago it came back and with a vengeance and it never went away again. Fortunately, I have a good relationship with my doctor and he was very patient with my persistence and did everything he could to help me. However, radiologists never saw anything abnormal in either my CT or MRI scans. My doctor referred me to an orthopedic specialist who told me I had arthritis and then to a neurologist who said there wasn't anything wrong with my tailbone. I was desperate and in pain. I couldn't sit hardly any length of time. Then I found your website and saw that I wasn't alone.

I read every section of the website and was delighted to find a doctor just a couple hours away from me. I immediately made and appointment with Dr. Ed Hanley (see Doctors and specialists in the USA, North Carolina) and was able to see him in just a few weeks. He immediately diagnosed my unstable coccyx with a simple x-ray. I opted to try an injection. My first injection worked for six months, as did my second. My third injection isn't working so well as Dr. Hanley told me would eventually happen. I am now strongly considering a coccygectomy.

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