Finding a surgeon who has a clue!

Barbara - Bwj5@aol.com

I have been reading info on your website for about a year. I found out in June of 2001 that my coccyx was broken. I don't even know how it happened but I suspect it was on a jet ski. I just started having lots of pain in the coccyx area and lower back. Had an x-ray that showed it was broken.

Finally, a year later, I made an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon who said it was dislocated. I had a steroid injection which helped the pain a good bit but I'm still uncomfortable driving. I had my follow up with him today and he uses the words dislocated and broken simultaneously. I don't know if there's a difference.

On April 8 I had the steroid injection. I was pretty sore from the injection for 2 days but over the course of 2 weeks my tailbone pain minimized. It has been a month since the injection and I'm doing better but I still have an awful time when driving or sitting although it doesn't hurt as much when I stand from a sitting position now. Obviously, we don't know how long the injection will help but I can get 3 to 4 a year according to the orthopaedic surgeon. Of course I would like to have no pain but I guess I will wait to see how long this injection will last.

I was pretty sore for about 2 days but after about 2 weeks I was much better. Now I don't think about being careful when I sit down. I plop down and don't give it a second thought. Driving is still rough though. I'm using a buckwheat neck pillow that I read about on this website that someone else recommended and it's helping a lot.

Anyway, we will try the injections but he doesn't want to do more than 3 to 4 a year. My lower back feels achy and the muscles in my buttocks feel tense and sometimes I have cramps. Maybe from tension due to how I sit to avoid causing more pain.

I may want to consider surgery at some point but I'd like to know if anyone knows any surgeons in the Charleston, South Carolina area. This seems to be a very strange condition to most doctors I have talked with. They tell me you can't do anything about a broken coccyx. I find this hard to believe.

Anyway, any info anyone has to share would be appreciated.

Thanks, Barbara

Updated 2002-05-12

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