Coccyx partially fused in a vertical position

Tony, UK

Posted 2013-12-22

Since mid-2011 I have suffered coccyx pain which came on without warning and was not associated with an injury. I hope this posting will give encouragement to anyone suffering coccyx pain to promptly seek competent clinical support.

I have an excellent GP, but my experience indicates that the NHS lacks expertise in dealing with coccyx pain. Over 2 years, treatment has included initially anti-inflammatory tablets; physiotherapy and 3 x pain killing injections (corticosteroids) and a caudal epidural. First injection, good result - pain free 6 months; second injection - in agony for a week, then 5 months pain free; last injections no pain relief at all. Finally saw 'Pain Relief' specialist, nothing to offer but neuropathic pain killers (Pregabalin / Lyrica). Having read up on drug side effects I was determined not to embark upon lifelong drug therapy. I also realised that rather than treating the cause of my coccyx pain, the injections and proposed drugs simply masked the underlying problem.

I searched the web and found this site. With my GP's support I referred myself to Dr Michael Durtnall at Sayer Clinics in Kensington, London (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London). I had never considered a chiropractor and was sceptical and devoid of any hope of resolving my coccyx problems. Dr Durtnall's first observation, as I entered his consulting room was that I had a Hip Asymmetry (twisted posture). He then took full details of my history and took X-Rays which immediately revealed the problem. My coccyx was partially fused in a vertical position, so I had been essentially sitting on a bony spike for years; hence the agonising pain.

Dr Durtnall immediately commenced treatment by slowly breaking down the fused joints of my coccyx, rather like freeing up a long rusted hinge. I have had 6 x 20 minute treatment sessions to date and report a 15 - 20% improvement. I am also having complementary physiotherapy which is breaking down the muscle tissue in my buttocks. This two pronged approach along with exercises to support my recovery is working and showing encouraging results.

In essence, my coccyx pain is caused by a mechanical issue - a stiff coccyx. For the first time in over 2 years I have a logical treatment plan, which doesn't use drugs, is common-sense and is beginning to deliver results. My coccyx now is flexing reasonably well and my pain has reduced. I no longer need to take painkillers. I have quite some way to go yet, but am confident and determined to make as full a recovery as possible. I will put further updates on this site in due course.

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