Should I have surgery?

Marnie -

Original posting, 2005-01-09:

I first hurt my tail bone in June 2003, while I was working I backed into a recycle bin. I caught my tail bone right on the corner of it. At first I thought I was going to pass out and get sick to my stomach. I finished my shift because I worked alone.

Next day I could not walk. I visited the chiropractor who said she could not help me. I then went to my family physician and she booked me off for 2 weeks. I noticed that I wasn't getting any better, so went back to doctor and all she could tell me it was going to take some time to heal due to the area I hurt.

So after 6 months she finally sent me for a bone scan, x-ray and to a specialist it turns out that my coccyx is at a 90 degree angle to the right side. I can not sit for a length of time, can't take the kids anywhere and I am very frustrated. I have been off work due to this but like nobody knows the pain I am experiencing especially doctors. I see a surgeon in a week and hopefully he can do something for me.

I have been to physio, had a cortisone shot, and have had lots of different pain medication which doesn't help it. It is like I seize when I try to get up. I just wish somebody would listen to me and help with what I am going through.

I will update you on how the surgeon appointment went. If anyone can tell me if I should go ahead with surgery, it would help me out. I am very scared to do the surgery due to infection. It has been a long battle and I am frustrated. If any one has any more information for me that would help.


Update, 2005-03-09:

I was able to get in to see a surgeon on February 14, 2005. I couldn't believe how fast he had got me in I was told usually a 3 month wait to see him. I saw Dr. Lithwick and he told me that my coccyx was at a 90 degree angle to the right side. He said that I could either live with the pain for the rest of my life or have the surgery. I opt for the surgery because I was in pain for 18 months.

I had surgery on February 22nd which also was very quick due to a cancellation. The surgery went fine. I was in the hospital for 2 days and was able to go home.

Well then a week after the surgery I got an infection and boy has it been sore. The doctor says he has never seen this before but it can happen and yes if it was going to happen it would be me. The infection has been draining but it has stopped and now I have another infection in the same spot it needs to drain also it is very painful. I do not regret having the surgery because I would of never got better and I couldn't go on living the way I was.

So thanks Jon for the website and the help.


Update, 2005-11-20:

This is just a little update. I had surgery on Feb 22nd of this year. I have had no pain relief from the surgery, actually I am in more pain now than I was before. I cannot lie on back at all now, it really hurts to sit right on the area. I am also sitting on my sides in order to relieve the pain. Also I can not drive more than 5 minutes.

Nobody seems to know what to do with me. They would like to try to remove more but I am not up for that. I cannot work due to this injury, and nobody seems to want to pay me. I was on wsib but have been cut off of that.

I am very frustrated because I do not know how to deal with this pain any longer it is driving me crazy. I don't like to take pain meds they just make me high and I cant function right. Anyone out there that can help or give advice please do so.


Update, 2010-09-12:

Well it has 5 years since my surgery and 8 years after my injury. It has been hell for me, still in a lot of pain. No doctor can help me, just keep giving me pain killers very heavy narcotic oxycotin, can't take it, makes me to high and I have to still function because of the family. Very depressed husband just doesn't get it. Still fighting with WSIB they say I have a permanent disability but don't want anything to do with it.

If anyone can help me with this pain that would be great. It is getting worse going into hip and buttocks area.

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