Treatment for coccyx injury with Michael Durtnall

Wendy, UK

Posted 2015-07-12

I have been suffering from a pain in my Coccyx since Dec 14, I initially thought I had lower back pain and had perhaps injured myself exercising, I'd also had the flu and spent a couple of weeks lying around feeling sorry for myself.

I visited the doctor in January as the pain had got so bad that I couldn't sit down. The doctor put me on a course of anti-inflammatory pills and co-codamol tablets for the pain - which actually made me feel quite unwell. I revisited the doctor as the pain was getting worse and was told that it was all about pain relief and we'd just have to increase the dosage to manage it. I was very unhappy with this as I still had no idea what was causing it.

I booked myself in to see a local physio to see if this would alleviate the pain. After a few sessions she referred me back to my doctor for blood tests (all fine) and advised that I push for a scan. She felt that the pain was coming from my coccyx and that I'd need to see a specialist.

At this point I'd had enough and googled coccyx specialists, and thankfully came across this site, having read the testimonials I was convinced that seeing Michael Durtnall would be the way forward (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London). I had my first appointment with Michael in March this year and within 10 minutes of being with him I'd had a scan and he could see what the problem was - I cannot tell you what a relief it is to just have a diagnosis! I have a piece of bone that has broken off my coccyx, probably happened years ago when I fell over, the area where the bone is missing has now calcified and effectively jammed the bones so my coccyx doesn't curl under as it should.

Treating a coccyx injury is not a straight forward process, it is a notoriously difficult area to treat and it does sometimes feel like one step forward two steps back. At best, I've felt about 70-80% better, Michael is pleased with my progress and I'm hoping for a full recovery. I would not hesitate to recommend Michael Durtnall as I firmly believe that if he can't sort me out than no one can. He is always professional but has a light hearted approach which puts you at ease. I've been more than happy with my treatment so far.


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.

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