Cured after 13 years

Helen, UK

Posted 2016-02-21

My name is Helen and I live in Bristol in the UK, and I had been experiencing pain with my coccyx since 1996. I damaged it whilst doing a lot of cycling. It was a gradual process, in that every time I went for a ride, I was experiencing pain.

I sought help and advice from a Chiropractor but after several months of treatment, I was still in a lot of pain.

In 1999, after 3 years of discomfort, I sought the advice of a Pain Consultant, who over the course of the next 4 years, had treatment, such as mini epidurals, steroid injections and manipulation, but this didn't have any effect and I was still in a considerable amount of pain. It was taking over my life, as I found it extremely painful to sit for long periods of time and when going on holiday and having to sit on a plane for long periods, it was excruciatingly painful.

In 2006, I went to see Mr Hardy at the Spire Hospital in Bristol (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, Avon and London), as I was having problems with my left knee and in 2007 he successfully performed keyhole surgery. In 2008, unfortunately I had to return with problems with my rights knee, and it was at this consultation that I winced when I sat down. Mr Hardy asked what the problem was and I explained that I had been experiencing problems with my coccyx. Mr Hardy said that he could remove the damaged part of coccyx for me.

In 2009, some 13 years after it started, Mr Hardy successful performed the necessary procedure. He said that as soon as he touched the damaged coccyx it was so arthritic that it just fell apart. It was painful post surgery as it was difficult to sit down and I had to lie on my front for several weeks before I was able to sit on my bottom again. I have to say that unfortunately I did have an infection post-op but this cleared up quickly with antibiotics. By mid 2009 I was pain free and being able to do a long haul flight with no pain it was fantastic by September 2009.

This was the best operation I have had. Now in 2016, I live my life to the full. I have a beautiful daughter aged 5, and because of the operation, giving birth was easy as well, as I know speaking to other mothers, that they experienced real pain with their coccyx, at least I was spared this pain.

I have to say that if there is anyone out there in the UK suffering severe pain, I cannot recommend Mr Hardy at The Spire Hospital in Bristol highly enough. He had no hesitation in carrying out the procedure and is the best consultant for this type of operation.

Having read some of your personal experiences and reading the complications and difficulties you experienced, I was very lucky with Mr Hardy that the only difficulty I experienced was an infection post-op but this cleared quickly with antibiotics.

Update, 2017-09-24

It's now been 8 years since I had my coccyx removed and am still totally pain free. I am able to ride my bike without pain, travel on long haul flights without pain. I sit comfortably on any chair now.

For these of you who are still in pain, I highly recommend seeking advice to remove the coccyx, you shouldn't need to suffer in pain. I suffered for 13 years and am now totally pain free.

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