Martin - Martinsbooks@aol.com
Original message 2001-10-28:
After pains that started in July and taking anti-inflammatories, I had injections and manipulation 12 days ago, following x rays and MRI scan (both showed nothing). The pain / discomfort was worse for the first 7 days, which I spent mainly in bed taking painkillers.
The last 3 days things have shown a SLOW improvement - no painkillers and I've been out for a walk this morning. I'm hoping things will improve slowly. Has anybody out there had success with injections etc? I'd love to hear from you.
Regards to you all,
PS This site has been brilliant as it enabled me to push harder with my GP and get referral to an orthopaedic surgeon. I even beat the waiting list by going in through accident and emergency.
Injections didn't work, I'm not a good candidate for surgery. Has anyone had any success with a Chiropractor?????
It's been a long time since I looked at your site or emailed you. The diagnosis was finally very acute stress. I started with a chiropractor in January going twice a week, it was hell for two months - the after pain etc. By the middle of February he had me off all medication and at the end of February I started to sit down for the first time in 7 months. I had to walk 5 or 6 times a day.
However by the end of March we seemed to have plateaued so I switched to another chiropractor - a colleague of the one I was using. His hands were stronger for stretching ligaments and muscles - again he put me through hell. By the end of March I could sit normally and drive short distances. I am now seeing the chiropractor once every two weeks, I'm very sore but maintaining the slow progress. No pain or coccyx problems just muscle tightness and soreness (gluteus maximus).
I wish 12 months ago I'd gone to a chiropractor and nipped the problem in the bud as a friend did suggest to me. Instead things got worse while I was undergoing test MRIs injections and so on. I reckon a full recovery is still a few months (6) away, but my exit from teaching and building a new life for myself will I hope help. Most important has been the support from my family.
Many thanks for the emails from various people and Jon.
Kind regards, Martin
After 12 months my problem has now manifests itself in Piriformis syndrome. Anyone else out there who's had it or successful treatment, I'd love to hear from you.