Prolotherapy or corticosteroids

Wendy

I wanted to tell you that I've gone through prolotherapy. About a year and a half ago I went to my general practitioner and she referred me to a "pain management" doctor. He diagnosed me as having "ligament laxity" and suggested I go through the series of prolotherapy. I had 4 shots on either side of my lower spine for the full series - The pain of the injections was bad enough, then the pain of the injuries to the ligaments. Then the fact that it did not relieve any pain. I went through the entire series again, after taking time off to see if the treatment worked, with a stronger dosage. Again, no improvement. In addition, the doctor would not listen to me when I asked questions, and I really think that he didn't believe me when I told him that I was getting no relief. After finishing the second round, I never went back. At any rate, I was completely discouraged.

It wasn't until this past spring that I gathered the courage to go to my G.P. again, and she recommended an orthopedic surgeon group. There I found a wonderful pain management specialist, who diagnosed the coccydynia within minutes of my telling her my symptoms and stories. She viewed my previous x-rays and gave me a corticosteroid injection that really helped for about 3 months. I went to physical therapy for 2 sessions, but was not convinced that the physical therapist had any knowledge of my problem, and was simply giving me the basic, run-of-the-mill exercises. I have just had my 3rd shot since last January, and am waiting for it "to kick in".

So you can see, that I am very excited to have read your site, as my story now does not seem so bizarre! I really AM normal, and not the only crazy one who has ever had these weird symptoms. I have never sustained any injuries, but am about 30 pounds overweight. I'm in the middle of weight loss right now, as I am convinced that my symptoms will lessen when I weigh less. Another interesting note: I was taking Spinning classes at my gym (biking) when my symptoms first occurred. Maybe that has something to do with it...

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