Surgery and after

Karen Ramaley - Kram725147@aol.com

Date: 2000 February 17

I have been suffering with my tailbone pain for 2 years now. There is no known trauma to the area it just started to hurt and continues to get worse.

My primary doctor basically blew me off, he never examined me and told me to wait it out. So, I did for about three more months, he then sent me to an orthopedic doctor that did an MRI and bone scan to rule out a tumor. He suggested surgery. After three months of deciding, I then went to another physician who recommended cortisone shots. I had a total of six, and they did help for about seven months.

I am now in extreme pain all the time. Unable to sit at work for very long, driving hurts (my commute is two hours a day). I now wake up at night when I roll over, laying on my back is the most painful.

I went back to the original orthopedic doctor and agreed that enough is enough and have decided to get this taken care of. I have to admit that reading all of the personal recovery stories has me concerned as I do not know the outcome. But, I don't think I can continue with the pain I am in now.

I will keep you all posted after the surgery. Wish me good luck!

Karen Ramaley Seattle, WA

Update:

Well, I made it through the surgery! Today is day five of recovery and so far so good. I was hoping that I would be able to sit down by now, but to painful. I am taking my self off of the pain pills starting today, mainly because I get to jumpy being on percocet, so will see how that goes. The surgeon was surprised to find a bone spur on the coccyx. Has any one ever heard of this?

The surgery lasted about one hour and I woke up pain free - due to a spinal block that the anesthesiologist gave me. This was great, but it does wear off and then the pain hits. The first night was the worst, but I waited until the pain pills completely wore off before taking more, then it would take about an hour before they fully kicked in, finally a nurse informed me to take them every three hours and that worked much better.

Does any one have suggestions on what to sit on to help relieve the pain? Call me crazy, but I am due to fly to California on March 22nd and I really do not want to cancel, but worry that I will not be able to sit for the one hour and forty minute flight - any suggestions?

I want to thank every one for their emails prior to my surgery, it was very thoughtful and much appreciated. If you would like any more info regarding my surgery please feel free to email me.

Sincerely, Karen Ramaley

Second update:

Well, it has been almost five weeks since my surgery and I am doing great! I returned to work today and am able to sit for about 45 minutes at a time. I still have some discomfort when sitting for longer periods, but it is nothing like the pain I experienced prior to my surgery. I am now driving, which is such a relieve not to depend upon others to drive me, I can endure about 45 minutes before becoming to uncomfortable.

I have found that sitting on a plane was painful, thank goodness it was a smooth flight and I could stand. I still cannot sit in a movie theater, those chairs are very uncomfortable and I last only about five minutes. So, movies and flying will have to wait a while longer.

The only post-op problem that has occurred is that the incision ripped open and the surgeon and I decided to let it heal on its own (the other option was to go back into OR to re-open then re-close - my response "NO WAY!") and it is healing very slow and has become infected so I am now taking antibiotics and hope that it continues to heal on its own.

I want to say that I am a success story, but want to wait until the pain from surgery is gone and then see how I feel. At this point I am very glad that I had the surgery and do expect a complete recovery and to live pain free.

I will keep you all posted on how my recovery goes and feel free to email any time.

Karen

Updated 2000-04-05

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