Coccyx pain from age 10

Emily, UK -

Posted 2015-07-05

My daughter Emily was 10 when she started to complain about pain in her coccyx. We put it down to growing pains but by the age of 14 the pain had increased to such an extent that she was unable to sit on hard chairs or the floor without suffering days of severe pain.

She had always been an active child and represented her school in trampolining competitions but from April 2014 she was forced to stop competing and training altogether. On the recommendation of Emily's trampolining coach we visited a local Osteopath who after four treatments advised us to take Emily to the doctors and ask for an X-ray as she suspected her Coccyx was in the wrong position.

Our doctor duly referred Emily to our local hospital where she had an X-ray and MRI scan. Concerned that she may have a pars defect, we were referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital in November 2014. By this time the pain was chronic and Emily had started to stoop.

It was suggested at GOSH that they repeat the MRI as our local hospital failed to forward their results and findings. Not convinced of a pars defect they then took X-rays and a Ct scan with bone imaging, all whilst Emily laid flat - an extremely uncomfortable experience for her.

These tests took approximately three months during which time Emily became almost bed ridden. She was unable to sit or lay flat. She missed a complete term of school which was very concerning as she was in year 10 and working towards GCSE's. It was really stressful!

She started to feel like the hospital didn't believe she was in pain and questions about her happiness at school and problems with friends only served to make her feel worse. She wanted to be at school! She was missing out on so much! She had no life at all and spent 90% of her day in bed. It was so sad! She had been a beautiful, fun, vibrant young lady and suddenly she was living like an old person.

After months of few findings it was decided that as a last attempt Emily undergo a caudal epidural and sacrococcygeal infiltration which sadly increased the pain further.

Completely desperate, I started to research coccyx pain and search for the answers myself online. Armed with information