Haven't experienced pain like this before!

Johnny C - jcampbell@rsasecurity.com

I'm a 31 year old male who has experienced pain during the course of many athletic events in my lifetime. I think back to fracturing my hip in high school which was the most painful thing I could remember. However, my latest pain is off the charts. A few days ago I was playing softball and slid for a ball. The slide wasn't what caused my injury but rather it was caused by a teammate who tried to avoid me by jumping over me but the trouble was he either kicked or kneed me in the lower back. I knew right away that it was the tailbone (coccyx).

After a few minutes of sitting on the bench, I became nauseous and the pain was unbearable. I iced the area and hoped that a few days of rest would make it better as I'm normally a quick. Boy was I wrong!! The pain doesn't seem to be getting better but rather it seems to be getting worse.

From all I heard about this injury, I thought that nothing could be done even if it was fractured. I decided to go the hospital just to get some peace of mind. Well, the X-rays were negative. The Doc basically said there was nothing you could do and gave me a prescription for Percocet and Motrin. Well, the painkillers seem to help somewhat, but the pain still caused me to well up with tears during my 45 minute commute to work today. My hope is that it will subside in the weeks to come.

However, I'm frightened when I read all the stories I've seen posted on this site. It seems like people who experienced this injury and pain are dealing with it for months or even years to come. I just hope I don't go down that road. All I know is that when I sit down for more than 5 minutes, it feels as if though a bone is sticking me. It is unbearable. I sit at my desk for work so that is a problem. When I take the medication, it messes my thought process up. What are other forms of therapy? I read about receiving cortisone shots so that might be an option. All I know is that these percocet pills I'm taking are not doing the job. I don't know what to do.

I'm a tri-athlete with a big half ironman race coming up in less than 6 weeks...the way I feel now, there is no way I envision being able to sit down on a bike for 56 miles! All my training is going out the window because of a fluke injury.

Anyway, I don't really have any specific questions at this point. I just wanted to write a little bit about my pain. It is good to know that there are others out there experiencing the same pain. I'm not sure what to do so I'll just monitor the injury for the upcoming weeks. But if anybody has suggestions for medications, treatments, etc that help, please pass them on.......

Johnny C

Updated 2004-07-18

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