Stigma Against Patients with Coccyx Pain

Pain Medicine

2010 Dec; 11 (12): 1872.

Patrick M. Foye, M.D.

Tailbone Pain Center, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90 Bergen Street, DOC-3100, Newark, NJ, United States, 07103. Phone: (973)972-2802. Fax: (973)972-2825. tailbonedoctor.com/.

Abstract

In this editorial letter, published in a medical journal widely read by pain management physicians, Dr. Foye criticizes doctors for the stigmatization of patients with coccydynia (coccyx pain).

Dr. Foye notes that at his Tailbone Pain Center he routinely meets patients who report that their prior doctors have trivialized, dismissed, or disbelieved the patients' reports of tailbone pain.

He concludes with an appeal that physicians rise beyond such biases and stigmatizations, and "focus instead on providing appropriate diagnoses, treatments, and compassion."

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