Any link between coccyx injuries and IBS?

M O'Brien -

I am a 33 year old female who one year ago, slipped at work breaking and misaligning my coccyx bone. Two days following that accident, I began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains that felt as though something sharp was slowly creeping through my small intestinal tract. One of which sent me to the emergency room. Along with the lower abdominal pains, I eventually developed an extreme abdominal pressure that intermittently appeared in my lower right abdomen.

Up until that point, I had never experienced any digestive problems. In fact, I have no prior medical history whatsoever with the exception of routine pediatric care.

After a year of severe and consistent constipation and abdominal attacks, several of which I managed to confuse as appendicitis, just this week I was finally diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Moreover, I was told that the lower right abdominal pains are prompted by dairy products and that 40% of IBS suffers are Lactose intolerant. With that, my doctor has prescribed Baclofen, an antispasmodic, to reduce gastrointestinal spasms.

While I almost refuse to believe something as simple as IBS (or milk for that matter!) could cause the devastating pain I have experienced over the past year, I am thankful I wasn't told I had a bowel obstruction. Or Cancer for that matter.

Other problems I continue to experience is an inability to walk for more than one hour, heel spurs, as well as an aversion to sitting on anything soft or padded. (It seems as though it should be the other way around doesn't it?) For these specific pains, I was prescribed Lidocane patches. People, I cannot tell you just how wonderful these 12 hour patches truly are! They are a must for anyone with back pain! Pain killers didn't do 2% of what these patches have done for me and I couldn't live without them!

Anyway, I have been informed by my doctor as well as the Office Of Workers Compensation Program that there is no definitive link between coccyx injuries and IBS in any form. I was wondering if anyone was aware of any current or documented studies that have attempted to link coccyx trauma with severe IBS. If so, I would appreciate your response.

Updated 2002-05-05

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