Injured tailbone while pregnant - 2 weeks post op now

Elizabeth, Australia -

Posted 2016-04-03

I am so grateful for this website. I felt so lost when I injured my tailbone and this site was a god send!

I am not sure exactly how I injured mine while I was 36 weeks pregnant? I'm assuming pressure from baby? I ended up being induced and had to give birth a few weeks early because the pain was unbearable!!

Anyhow, all the Drs said it happens sometimes and to wait six weeks after delivery for it to heal. Well, it didn't.

GP wasn't sure, I found that the chiropractor made it worse, acupuncture didn't work for me either.

After a year of persistent pain, I found this web site and a Dr local to me- Dr Richard Parkinson in Darlinghurst (see Doctors and specialists in Australia, New South Wales)- best thing that ever happened to me. He did a full range of scans/MRI and was the first Dr who actually understood what pain I was in and had a plan. Turns out mine was dislocated and fractured. Ouch! I would get such awful pain sitting and going from sitting to standing.

It's so hard because no one can see this injury and I think I just looked like a sook. I have 3 kids to take care of and that was the hardest part not being able to sit to feed them or play on the floor etc.

We tried a few rounds of cortisone injections. These helped for a few weeks but the pain was still there and would progressively get worse as time went on.

He said I was a good candidate for surgery and explained everything to me in such a kind and understandable way. I had surgery 2 weeks ago. I'm so glad I did it, I just could not go on the way it was.

I felt so comfortable with Dr Parkinson and his team. The first few weeks have been rough and pain is full on. But if I can suggest anything to people- it's to take your pain meds regularly for the first few weeks, since I started doing that (and not trying to be a hero) it's been so much easier to function.

It hurts like hell at the moment, stitches are uncomfortable and I still can't sit. I had antibiotics in the hospital and I make sure I change the dressing daily- and shower after a BM and change dressing. I really don't want to get an infection.

Get help! You won't be able to do much the first few weeks. I'm just starting to feel like I can be involved with the kids now. Don't over do it either- rest is so healing. When I over do it - I regret it soon after.

Follow up appointment on Monday to remove stitches. I'm sure that'll be fun.

I'm happy to answer any questions anyone might have. Fingers crossed all goes well with recovery, and that I can tolerate the pain ( both physically and mentally).

I'm looking forward to one day sitting without pain and being able to pick up these gorgeous kiddies and go on a long drive to the coast without agony. Staying hopeful ??

Note from Jon Miles:

I emailed 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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