6 months of pain, first specialist no help

Anonymous - subby33@yahoo.com

Posted 2009-04-19

I was hesitant about writing down my experiences, as its quite depressing and frustrating to keep thinking about this whole ordeal, but I thought I might be able to find people who are in a similar situation as me.

It all started 6 months ago. I went out dancing with friends. Nothing unusual at all . . . but when I got home, my coccyx hurt. I noticed it when I laid down to go to bed. It wasn't terrible pain, but it was like "Wow, where did that come from?" I ignored it, thinking it would probably just go away, and maybe I danced too long or too hard.

About 2 months passed, and the pain was still there, I wouldn't say it was getting worse, it felt like it was the same. So I told my Primary Care doctor, and she said that it was probably bruised and the pain would go away on its own over time.

2 more months passed and the pain was still there, so I told her about it again, and she decided to do an x ray. I myself work in X-Ray and Cat Scan, and I also do 3D reformations so I know alot about the different imaging procedures you can have done. She said she was just ordering it to rule out a fracture, and then we'd move on from there. I was okay with that.

The x-rays came back negative, and after about 1 more month of pain, I was starting to notice it was rapidly getting worse. Before, I would not try to avoid sitting down, but now I noticed I was constantly avoiding it. It was also around this time, that I noticed I could not sit for a full movie, or sit in a car for over 30 minute. I was in real pain. The most painful time, is when I get up from sitting. A jolt of red hot pain immediately surges through my coccyx, and its very uncomfortable.

It was also around this time that I started to definitely notice a palpable "bump" on the end of my coccyx bone. It is NOT on the skin, it is definitely on the bone. My Dr said it was time to see an orthopedic, which I agreed with, and off I went to see one. It was a completely miserable experience. He saw me for a total of 3 minutes, if that, and was completely rude.

After pushing on my coccyx and listening to me say "Oww" over and over again, he then contorted my body into different positions to see if I had any back pain. I do have slight lower back pain, but nothing that I think is unreasonable. Probably just sore muscles. Anyway he said "Well you have coccyx pain." Of course I was like . . . yah . . . I know. His prescription was "Try not to sit on it." I said "That's it?" he said "Not much else you can do. Order a donut and sit on that." I said "Do you know what it is? How long do you think it will take to resolve?" To which he said "Does it look like I have a crystal ball?"

I was so upset by this comment that I was in shock. I was going to ask him to order an MRI, because I know this is one of the best ways to rule out MANY different types of disorders with the coccyx. I couldn't even get the words out of my mouth, because he was so rude.

In any event, I wouldn't even want such a doctor taking care of me. I feel like giving his name out, but I suppose that is not the right thing to do, but I just wish I could warn people about a doctor who obviously doesn't really care about the pain their patient is in.

The next day, I immediately started searching for a new ortho doc. I used this sight to find names, and I found Dr. Kirkham Wood, who practices at Mass General Hospital, right next to where I live (see Doctors and specialists in the USA, Massachusetts). I scheduled the appointment, and told the referral lady on the phone that it was for "coccyx pain." She said "Oh, well you definitely picked the right doctor." That is definitely re-assuring.

However this is where my story ends. I dont see that doctor until 2 weeks time, but I'm hoping he will listen and take CARE of me, and not throw me to the side like the other doctor did. If anybody has a similar story, with or without any resolve, I'd like to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to read.

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