Long term pain in coccyx, awaiting surgery

Marcel - m_baillon@hotmail.com

My trouble started five years ago, when I fell down the stairs at home. I spent the next three weeks on my back in bed with terrible pain in my lower back and coccyx area. After getting back on my feet, I was still unable to walk unassisted. Unfortunately I was a care assistant, and had been for the previous ten years, a year after my accident I was "pensioned off " due to ill health (without any pension payments I must add).

Anyway after years of pain killers, steroid injections, anti-inflammatories, physio etc my lower back pain was put down to a slight prolapsed disc and the severe degenerative discs of the lower lumbar. I was told there was nothing that could be done about that, only regular steroid injections which I continue to have. However these do not work on the coccyx area which I find more unbearable than my lower back pain.

I have recently been offered surgery and am awaiting an admission date which could be six months away yet. I have really appreciated this site for the information I have gained about surgery but will admit I am very scared about what is going to happen and would appreciate any first hand experiences to be passed on to me.

Thanks for your time. Hope to hear from you fellow sufferers soon.

Updated 2002-05-12

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