Katie, UK - Katierae_@hotmail.com
Following the birth of my son I suffered from chronic pelvic and coccyx pain. The coccyx pain was new following birth, whilst the pelvic pain had been there throughout pregnancy.
I had seen a number of specialists by way of physiotherapists (women's health physios and general physios) and an osteopath and always felt they were never getting to the root of the pain, it was always a temporary fix until the next week's session.
I found Sayer Clinic (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London) through a friend who was suffering from similar, but not the same issues. Whilst I live in Norwich so the travel to Kensington for treatment was going to be a commitment, my focus and drive was to get better - with my ultimate goal being well and strong enough to have another baby at some point.
At the start of the treatment in October 2015 my little boy was 12 months old. I had suffered with coccyx pain for that long (longer with pelvic pain) and just wish I'd found Michael Durtnall and his team of physios sooner!
I was initially x-rayed and finally could see and understand what was wrong. Until this point I just don't think anyone really knew. It was now there in black and white! It was amazing to finally find an expert in the field who knew exactly what was wrong and Michael was confident I could be fixed. Hope was restored after such a long time of worry and pain.
My coccyx was 20/30% out with calcifications between the joints. The focus was to treat that as well as work on the other issues / pains I was experiencing linked to my pelvis pain but all interconnected with the coccyx pain.
It is now Feb and I've had 10 sessions with Michael, along with 10 physio sessions. I felt pain relief from the coccyx pain very early on in the treatment and at this point I would say I've seen a 90% improvement from where I was. An amazing improvement over the time period to say how much pain I was in before.
The treatment is holistic in terms of the chiropractic treatment from Michael and the physio side (I see Sofia). It is external and internal and really quite different from any other treatment I've experienced to date. The treatment is coupled ensuring I work on posture (Michael is very passionate about posture and I am too now!) and strengthening exercises. I have now started exercise again (yoga) after such a long time of feeling too weak/in pain to do so.
I can now sit and lie without experiencing constant pain. I do continue to feel pain if I have stood or walked for long periods but I hope continuing a treatments will solve this too and it doesn't affect my day to day living in the way it was.
I feel my ultimate goal of being strong enough to consider pregnancy again is nearly here, just some more work on the pelvis but I can't thank Michael and Sofia enough for getting me to where I am now. I would strongly recommend anyone with coccyx pain to go and see Michael and his team - Michael will fix you!
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.