Surgery or not?


Posted 2017-03-19

I am 57 years old (female) and have recently undergone a 3rd manipulation under anesthetic with steroid injection. None of which seem to have improved my situation and I have now been offered surgical removal of coccyx.

I have read with great interest many of the experiences of the people on this forum (which is fantastic by the way, and extremely helpful).

My main concerns, other than the risk of infection is the not being able to sit for 6 weeks! How do you cope? How do you eat? What about going to the loo?

How do you even watch TV?

Am I worrying too much?

I can't decide whether or not to go ahead with the procedure or carry on suffering. To be honest I have not heard many horrific stories of how things went wrong! So I guess that's a good start.

Work is a nightmare, I'm a healthcare assistant in a GP surgery and cannot sit at all, so I stand all day, which then causes problems with my legs and lower back! Any advice greatly appreciated.

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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