Vania, Italy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello. My name is Vania and I want you to read my experience of my serious tailbone problem to help you to choose the right path to recovery. I slipped and fell on a wet floor and I battered my bottom violently. I suffered extreme pain but it relented over a few months without any treatment. I was so busy in my life, I even forgot that the injury had happened.
After about four months I gradually started to feel a nagging pain in the tailbone area; the pain was not what I previously suffered but was much more acute and internal. It is hard to explain exactly the kind of pain because it spread more deeply throughout the area around the tailbone - including the buttocks and private parts. After about a month I could not even sit up, I found relief just lying down. My life was changed dramatically. I could not leave the house. In addition I also suffered serious depression because the months passed and the situation did not improve.
I searched and I went to many doctors of all kinds, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, osteopaths in various parts of Italy but no one helped me feel any better. At the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, removal of the coccyx was recommended. In Milan, I went to Malagutti and Lamarche, a clinic of a neurologist and an osteopath, found on the internet, advertised as specialised in chronic pain of the coccyx defined as coccydynia. They gave me Lyrica tablets for Pudendal pain nerve. I spent a lot of money to go to them for treatment but to no avail.
Desperation led me to continue to look on the internet and to consider more seriously a Dr. Durtnall in London (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London). Dr. Durtnall is a chiropractor who has healed many people suffering from coccydynia and Pudendal neuralgia. I read the reviews several times and I finally, with great difficulty, faced the journey to see this Doctor. Because I do not speak or understand English, I wrote down my history which was then translated so I could communicate with him, thanks to his willingness to understand me.
Dr. Durtnall immediately X-rayed me and he was able to diagnose my pain because he understood its cause: during my fall I had bent my coccyx and with time it was calcifying in the wrong position and not allowing the normal elasticity of the last coccygeal vertebrae. From the very first treatment I started to feel improvement. My recovery has been slow but steady. I went to Dr. Durtnall once a month and every time I could sit in the aeroplane longer and longer with less difficulty.
Now I am healed and I'm back to living! I waited two years of endless suffering before visiting Dr. Durtnall because I was blocked by the distance, the money for the journey, not knowing 'English' and my inability to sit on the plane. But now I think I should have gone to him right away. Thanks to his genuine expertise I got back my life and everything I had to face to go to see him was worth it.
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.