Jane, UK - firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been travelling from Sheffield to London to visit Michael Durtnall (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London) for a painful coccyx. My symptoms began shortly after a traumatic delivery of my second child, which involved a shoulder dystocia and a 9.5 pound baby!. Three weeks post delivery I noticed a very painful coccyx, which was excruciating from standing to sitting predominately. After several visits to the doctors and some sessions of physiotherapy it was decided that nothing more could be done for me. I was advise to perform pelvic floor exercise to strengthen my coccyx.
I put up with the pain for 2 years and had come to terms that I would have to be in pain for the rest of my life, it wasn't until the pain progressed and shifted slightly that I started to look around and do some self research. I stumbled upon the coccyx treatment page and saw rave reviews of how Michael was curing people. I was sceptic, after all the NHS had told me to put up with the pain, there was no cure.
On my first visit Michael performed a physical examination of my coccyx by internal manipulation and discovered that my coccyx was sitting at the wrong downward angle and the pain I was feeling was from sitting on the point of the coccyx which he referred to as 'like sitting on a spike'. Michael took some x-rays and showed me the position of my coccyx and also how it was meant to look and then checked my spine and sacroiliac joints. Michael explained that due to my sitting on one buttock to relieve the pain, the joints around my coccyx were starting to calcify.
Michael carried out some manipulation to get my coccyx back into a good position and increase the mobility in the joint of the coccyx. Michael gave me postural exercise to do to try and correct by stance (I was still sticking my belly out like I was pregnant). Michael also gave me some home truths to lose some weight and walk, walk, walk which was refreshing as most doctors work in silos and do not give an all rounded health analysis.
The next day I was sore and thought it hadn't worked but within 2 days my coccyx pain had decreased by approximately 70%. I have seen Michael twice since as he did say that it can take on average 7 treatments to be pain free. During my third visit Michael explained that my piriformis muscle was tight and causing pain in my buttock and again advised to walk and do some stretches. I would say the pain has improved another 5%.
Therefore I'm 75% cured and cannot thank Michael enough for all he has done. Michael has been a great source of support, extremely educational in this area and has even asked my workplace to provide me with a standing desk, which until only 3 months ago was touch and go if I could even remain at work.
Thanks to Michael I have made excellent progress when the NHS had written me off at 32. I feel empowered to educate as many people as possible that they do not have to put up with this debilitating condition, have their coccyx surgically removed or pain numbing injections to live a pain free life.
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.