3 months since the operation and I feel better than I have in 5 years

Marie-Anne, UK - mab.young@tiscali.co.uk

Posted 2014-02-09

After the birth of my daughter in 2009 I suffered the damage of my coccyx as the baby was too large to pass through my small pelvis. Not one Dr would take me seriously, I was told to take anti-inflammatories and do my pelvic floor exercises and see a chiropractor. They did not believe that I could not sit, have a bowel movement, drive a car or even lift my newborn daughter or pram without excruciating pain rendering me breathless and feeling like I was wasting their time.

Over 5 years I was pushed from pillar to post by the Dr's to see a physiotherapist who gave me pelvic exercises including bouncing on a gym ball which I add caused pain every time I tried I then was pushed to another physiotherapist who specialized in internal manipulation by putting her fingers up my bottom and grabbing the tilted coccyx and tried to pull it free again without pain relief.

After this was deemed no good, I was pushed to the pain management clinic to teach me how to cope with the pain as they thought I was mad. After this again proved a failure they decided to do the steroid injections into the coccyx. This I had done 3 times over 18 months but each time my body got infected and I was back to square one. The first injection gave me pain relief for 6 months, the 2nd for 3 months and the 3rd no relief because of a bacterial infection.

My Pain management consultant stated that a new spinal consultant who specialized in the operation to remove the coccyx had just been appointed to Exeter hospital and I was put on the list to see him. The day came 5 years after my daughter was born to see the consultant's understudy who agreed I had gone through enough pain over the 5 years and put me forward for the operation.

I waited 8 months on the waiting list and I then saw the Mr Hutton the spinal consultant (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, Devon) on the 11th November 2014 and on the 14th November 2014 I went in for surgery. I was told the risks of the operation which scared the hell out of me as it was only the 16th operation in the UK [Note from Jon Miles