I have not sat down for the past year

Laurie Teplitski - lauriekailee@shaw.ca

I am a 29 year old female and have been suffering for a while. I broke my tailbone in November of 2000 - playing ringette I fell flat on my butt. I waited the 3 months I was supposed to, then in February 2001, had my feet kicked out from under me again and re-broke the area.

I had a cortisone shot in April, at the beginning of August and end of August (all in the year 2001). I have not sat down since the end of July 2001.

I had my tailbone removed on April 24, 2002, and I am no better now than before. I am actually a little bit worse. The surgeon says he doesn't expect it to get any better as it should have by now. [Note from Jon Miles - the surgeon is wrong, most people get improvement for a year after surgery, sometimes longer.]

My family Doctor actually told me that he thought it was in my head - that I was scared to sit now because I haven't for so long. I cry myself to sleep almost every night. I can't work because of it, as I work at a desk job. I have no social life and can't even drive my car because I can't sit long enough to do it.

I guess I am kind of at the end of my rope and I am looking for some suggestions. My doctor is looking into having a surgeon cut and cauterize the nerve endings so I don't feel the pain. Any suggestions you can offer would really be great.

Updated 2002-07-28

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