Surgery done, now recovery

Lorraine - lorrmorr@aol.com

Original posting, 2005-07-28:

My story began about 10 years ago with a fall at an ice skating rink. The pain was pretty bad, but with medication and rest, it went away. I noticed after that fall that whenever I sat for any long period of time, the pain returned. So I always tried to be very careful and not sit in the same position for a long time. This was a little difficult for me because a work as a secretary at an elementary school and though I could move around there were times when I had to sit.

About 3 years ago, the pain returned but no matter what I did, it never left. I always had some kind of pain. Sometimes it was very slight and manageable and other times it was very severe. Like the scale the doctors ask you all the time, sometimes my pain was a 2 and sometimes my pain was an 8. It was never a 0. My GP was very sympathetic and he had diagnosed coccydenia, but all he said he could do was hold my hand and prescribe pain medication. So for awhile all I did was take Vicoden when my pain got intolerable.

Then I found your website and thought I need to see another doctor. I went to see Dr. Francini whose name I got from this page and he was great. I felt better just knowing that there was other things that I could try and we tried them all. He sent me to a physical therapist and she was great, but her manipulations did not do much to help my pain. Dr. Francini gave me 3 shots, two epidural, but still they had minimal effect. His only step now was to send me to a orthopedic surgeon. I went and saw Dr. Steven Dennis in Newport Beach, CA and he agreed that surgery was probably my last option. He was not sure if surgery would help which made me very nervous after reading some of the entries here who did not have a good result.

Anyway my surgery was done last Thursday, July 21, at nine in the morning and I was home by 4:30 in the afternoon. When I awoke from surgery, I was surprised at that I did not feel as much pain as I though I would feel. I knew that I had pain medication so I just kept waiting for it to get worse. It never really got much worse. I got up and went to the bathroom and told them I was ready to go home. The doctor had given me the option to stay overnight or go home, so home I went. The ride home was very uncomfortable since I live 40 minutes from Newport Beach.

Once home I just rested and talked with family and took 1 vicoden before bedtime and slept very peacefully through the night. That really surprised me. The next day was very much the same, I was very sore at the site, but took a walk around the block to get some fresh air and felt okay after. Today is Monday, July 25, 2005 and I am still very sore, taking Vicoden whenever I need to, (so far I have not taken more than 2 pills in one day), walking as much as I can and really looking forward to getting out and driving. My real only pain is in my legs and hips from depending on them so much when I am lying down. And the boredom I feel sometimes.

The surgery pain is less than the caesarean pain I had when my son was born. With that surgery, I was in the hospital for 5 days after and then had to come home with a newborn!! This surgery compared to that is a breeze, so far anyway. I see my doctor next week and will let you know how things are going them. I would love to hear from anyone who has questions or comments.

Update, 2005-08-21:

It has been 3 weeks since I had surgery. I am feeling great. Soreness is still there at the surgery site, but all the other pain I spoke of before is now gone. I have gone for rides in the car and yesterday I actually drove my car for a short distance with no ill effect. I saw my doctor last week and he said everything looked great. The only thing he asked me not to do is not to lift anything heavy and to stay out of my jacuzzi for another 2 weeks or so.

I am extremely happy how my surgery went. I feel so much better. I am almost doing everything I did before. The pain I feel is just surgical pain and I assume I will have that for a while. I will update again in a month or so and let you all know how I am doing.

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