Nicole - firstname.lastname@example.org
I have had severe coccyx pain for 5 years. I am seeing Orthopedic surgeon next month to discuss removing my tailbone. He has removed 12 of them and seems very confident. I have been doing a lot of research on this and have read that surgery is a long recovery and sometimes the pain still doesn't go away. I have just found this site and have read that some people are very happy that they had the surgery and others are not. I have had so many other surgeries such as: appendectomy for a ruptured appendix; gall bladder removed; hysterectomy; knee surgery; carpal tunnel release on one hand, still have to do the other. The first and worst surgery was the ruptured appendix. My tailbone actually cracks and moves when I get up and down which isn't often anymore. I basically just lay on either side. I can sit for maybe 5 minutes and stand for maybe 7 to 8 minutes. I also have fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and many lower back issues that are about a page and a half long on my mri.
At this point I think I am going to have the surgery, but I am terrified. My reasoning is all I can do is lay down most of the time. I haven't worked in 5 years and I have no life. The pain is unbearable and pain meds don't do anything at all, I take alieve and that's it. I have had relief one time while I was waiting to have carpal tunnel surgery they gave me fentanyl in my iv and I was pain free for about 20 minutes and couldn't believe it. I know that I cannot take this medication because I don't think I could even get a prescription for it anyway. I don't want to rely on opiates at all.
I have had numerous injections that did not work at all so I haven't done them for 2 years or so. I really hope if I decide to have this surgery that I get at least some relief. I can't think about anything except pain, pain and more pain. I don't think anyone gets it unless they have experienced it.
At My Wits End