Tracey, UK - email@example.com
I came across the coccyx.org website approx. 2 months ago after spending every available moment searching the web for any clues and/or help with what had become chronic coccyx pain along with severe dragging sensations and sitting bone pain.
I am a 47 year old mother to a grown up daughter, now 26 years old and it was after childbirth (a particularly heavy baby) I started experiencing coccyx pain and was advised against any further pregnancies. Also being a keen gardener I had suffered various injuries (once falling off a spade directly onto my backside!) all contributing to the confusion as to the cause of my problem. Over the years the coccyx pain would flare up and then settle down for long periods.
Over the last 4-5 years I have taken up cycling to keep fit. I completed a long charity ride (for me anyway!!) with a fair amount of training during the first 6 months of this year. It was during this time that the pain and all round discomfort increased. During the summer we took a holiday which involved a lot of walking and driving and it was on return from this holiday that my conditions severity increased to the point where I could no longer sit at my desk all day. I had to reduce my hours to part time and this I could only do with the help of strong pain killers. I now lie or stand for the rest of the day doing various tasks.
Within the last year I have seen an orthopaedic surgeon who did an MRI scan and informed me that I had coccydynia. I was referred to a physiotherapist, which did me no good whatsoever. I was then informed by the consultant that my next option was to have a steroid injection in my coccyx area. I was losing confidence in the consultant who really did give the impression that 'it was just one of those things' and seemed totally disinterested.
Having come across this site, one particular person stood out on the 'find a doctor or specialist' page in the UK, Dr Michael Durtnall a chiropractor (and so much more!!) at the Sayer Clinic in London (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London). It was a huge relief to read about so many positive reactions to his treatment.
During my first treatment 6 weeks ago, Dr Durtnall did several x-rays and really took the time to show me exactly what my problem was on the x-rays. My understanding is that my tail bone is stuck in the wrong position and calcified, rather that curling under and moving freely. Perfect sense as I could actually feel this! Not rocket science and I was staggered that this was not picked up on the MRI.
I have now had 5 weekly treatments and the improvement has been fantastic, I can now sit without painkillers for a whole morning at work. I do still get sitting bone pain on and off and if I sit for too long but I am confident that this will improve given time. Dr Durtnall is extremely knowledgeable, professional and efficient.. I cannot sing his praises enough, he is also a real pleasure to see each week with a great sense of humour!
Whilst it is a fair journey for me from Horsham in Sussex to London and the cost to me is considerable I cannot emphasis enough what a huge relief it is to finally get answers and help and would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him.
Note from Jon Miles:
I emailed more than a year after this story was posted, to ask for an update, as the long-term outcome of treatment is of great interest. In this case I did not get a reply.