Tried everything else, now considering surgery

Carmen - wspilates@shaw.ca

In 1996 I fell down a flight of stairs causing my tailbone to fracture/break and it pushed the lower part of my sacrum slightly down and in towards my anus a bit. The tailbone according to x-rays, re-attached itself to the bottom inside of my sacrum (almost coming upwards from end of my sacrum like a hook). I was just starting college at the time and unfortunately did a lot of sitting (I wish I didn't continue on through school now and got the proper recovery time). I just left it for a few months. I was only 20 years old and wasn't sure what to do. In that few months I was in a fair bit of pain and discomfort.

There was one unexplainable day where I felt normal but that was the only day in the past 8 years.

After the first few months I realized that it was too unbearable and that I needed to do something. I sought Chiropractic which helped my overall comfort but not my tailbone. I then sought physio. Over the course of a few months I had my tailbone manipulated around 16 times (never back to normal though as it is permanently re-attached in the wrong place) but the adjustment never stayed. It would feel great for the first day and then over the next two days my ligaments (particularly the sacro-coccygeal ligament) would get extremely aggravated. The pain was very acute and extremely unbearable. I tolerated it in hopes that the adjustment would finally hold and the ligaments would relax. They never did.

The pain got so bad that I spent the second year of school often having to lay on the floor in classes. When on evening outings I would have to lay on bathroom floors, or try on clothes in the mall just so I could lay down in the change room. Sitting and standing hurt. I feel that the repeated tailbone manipulations created a lot of additional scar tissue and inflammation. I have refused to take any pain medication other than Advil (as I am over sensitive to medications). I finally decided to stop having the manipulations done and give-up.

Over the next 2 years the acute pain started to dissipate but even after 8 years I still have trouble sitting, pain during bowel movements and pain during intercourse. Overall I am able to work and live my life with much less discomfort than before but as my tailbone has healed in the wrong place I am starting to consider surgery to have it removed in hopes of a more full recovery. I have tried acupuncture, reiki, massage, physio, chiropractic and acupressure. Nothing seems to work. I am afraid of going through the pain I felt before. Does anyone have any suggestions???

Carmen

Updated 2004-07-25

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