Started with riding a mountain bike

Gino, USA -

Posted 2017-02-24

My Coccydynia started about a year ago when I started riding a mountain bike with my kids. The bike seat was so painful that my backside burned after only a few blocks. I shrugged it off to saddle soreness and figured it would resolve itself. It didn't. I bought a new bike seat that promised to be "no pressure" gel that was supposed to cure saddle soreness. The tailbone pain was not as strong after a ride, but was still present. As a matter of fact... I stopped riding the bike and the pain was constantly there for almost a year. I felt it whenever I'd try to get out of a seat using the arm rests. I felt it whenever I rode a plane for longer than an hour. I've even tried various types of seat cushions that promised to be for coccydynia. Nothing worked.

I went to my normal doctor and described the pain. She sent me for x-rays... "nothing found" similar to many other people's experience in this forum. I told my doctor that "my biggest fear is that the x-rays would show nothing and I would constantly have to live with this pain". She said "your biggest fear should be that we DO find something and it's colon cancer!" Good point.

She referred me to a Sports Medicine Doctor who is a Osteopathic Doctor who specializes in holistic body healing and manipulation (see Doctors and specialists in the USA, Ohio). Dr. Truax is a godsend. He had me bend forward... touch my toes... bend backward and reach for the sky. He was able to see that my body was out of alignment just by that and a few pokes and prods. He had me lay down and he cracked a few bones in place. Once he straightened my backbone.. I could feel the blood rushing to my face as if it has been blocked by misalignment for a year.

He instructed me to now sit down on the chair and try to use the arm rests to raise myself up. For the first time in a full year... no pain. I was/am amazed. I'm sitting here one day later without constant pain from sitting. I'd recommend him to anyone in the Cleveland Area who has this pain. It did take me over a month to get seen by him... but well worth the wait in my opinion. I have a follow-up appointment in a few months as well as regular massage therapy.

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.

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