I am so very grateful for the information that I found on this site, that I just have to write and thank you, and share my personal experience with others, in the hope that I can help someone too!
In October last year, almost 9 months ago, I suddenly started experiencing really bad coccyx pain. I couldn't put it down to anything specific, like a fall or a hard bump, apart from a long, really bumpy trip we had taken on a dirt road about a week before the pain started, so I think it must have aggravated something in my nether regions!
To cut a long story short, I went to have an examination to see if I had fractured my coccyx somehow, and had an X-ray to confirm what the doctor suspected was a fracture. There was no fracture, but my tailbone was definitely out of alignment. She gave me a course of anti inflammatory tablets, and told me to start doing exercises to firm up the muscles in my buttocks to avoid this happening again! The woman who gave me the results of the X-ray, told me that she had had a similar problem, and that after 6 months it just suddenly stopped hurting. Well, because I disagree with taking any medication unnecessarily (I have a high pain threshold, and preferred to grin and bear the pain!!) I thought I would take her advice, and be patient for 6 months in the hopes that the pain would disappear for me too.
Sorry, I promised a short story, didn't I... after 8 months of grinning and bearing it, and let me tell you, it was more like grimacing than grinning... I eventually found this site and read about the personal stories of a number of people who had had amazing success with manipulating their coccyx themselves. I wasn't too keen to go the internal manipulating route that some people mentioned, so thought I would try the external cupping technique that was being described (see the article by Marc Heller on coccyx.org and Brenda's story). I thought it was definitely worth a try before I went back to the doctor... (my internet searches had turned up something about coccyx pain being related to hypothyroidism, so I was going to get that checked out.)
Well, I can't believe how simple it was, and that it actually worked!!!!! Whilst standing in the shower, I reached behind me, cupped my tailbone with two fingers, and gently at first, and then more forcefully, pulled the tip upwards and to the centre to try and straighten it. There was a deep pain at first, but not unbearable, and then suddenly there was relief! I continued to massage around the bone, sort of loosening the "fibres" that seemed to be attached to the bone, and then pulled at it again to try and straighten it some more. It hurt again, and then stopped. I thought I was kidding myself, as I couldn't really believe that such a simple procedure could have had any long term results. I wanted to shout out with happiness, but I decided to reserve judgement until the next morning when it came time to sit on the edge of the bed and put my socks on...
Without any doubt, the pain was at least half of what it had been for the past 8 months... I have continued to massage my tailbone in the shower, in the bath, whilst lying on my side in bed, and now I am sitting on my chair (I sit up very straight on my chair now as a result of this experience, one good thing that I have gotten out of this!!) writing this email, without a single shred of pain, but a huge smile of gratitude on my face! J
Thank you, Jon Miles, for creating this site and getting this information "out there" – I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am to be free of pain, and so naturally to boot! Thank you also to all the people who took the time to share their success stories, in order to help others who were experiencing the same pain. I still can't actually believe that the pain has really gone, having lived with it so constantly over the past 8 months... I don't think I will ever take the simple act of sitting down pain-free for granted ever again! Kirsten, from Phoenix, your story was very helpful indeed... unbelievable that you had to bear that pain so unnecessarily for 18 years! Thank you for sharing!
With grateful thanks,
Joy, from Zimbabwe – I would love to hear from fellow ex-sufferers on the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.