Anonymous - firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a 64 year old male that has suffered coccyx pain for over a year. I believe I injured the area while riding a recumbent bike and over-exercising when the pain began. I have finally found relief after a year of pain and going through the surgeons, mri's , x-rays, pain meds, and anti-inflammatory meds. This site has been a relief for me over the past year.
I found a chiropractor, who, along with self-manipulation (internal) (see Lee's experience) has allowed me to go from a 10 on the severe pain scale to below a 3. The chiropractor took two xrays-one standing and one sitting. He showed me where a muscle/ligament was pulling the coccyx to the left. He then worked on my lower back to straighten my sacrum and release that ligament. I began going to him about five weeks ago three times a week. I am now down to one a week. I usually have a lower body massage prior to his adjustment to further assist in relaxing that muscle/ligament.
I have gone for four straight days at one stretch without pain. I am still, at times, experiencing a deep ache in my tail bone but with self-manipulation (internal) I am able to relieve the pain. I believe I am on the road to recovery but realize it may take time. I am so pleased that I am not in the daily 8 to 10 level pain that interrupted my life for over a year.
I am taking it slow and walking several miles three times a week and otherwise doing normal activities. I still use a cushion at work or on hard surfaces but can ride in my car without it for quite a while. While everyone is different I believe the chiropractor is correct that we all have the same basic skeletal alignment that, every so often gets out of line and needs to be adjusted. I remain optimistic and will update my condition in a few months.
It has now been over seven months of seeing the chiropractor who initially helped me. While, at times of stress, lifting heavy material, or sitting for long periods at the computer I experience some intial discomfort, it usually goes away as I get up and walk around. The chiropractor believes my sacruum was being pulled by the strong performis muscle and causing nerve pain due my over exercising on the bike. I get a lower body massage for about 1/2 hour prior to his sessions which are now averaging about one every three weeks. In between, I get a weekly massage to relax the muscles. It is obvious that the pain was there for a long time and I must be patient as each week I feel better and the constant pain is gone and it may take more time for complete elimination of the pain. As I have always been a type A personality I am learning patience. I have gone from a 10 to a 1 on the pain scale. I am grateful for that. I do not take any medication other than an occasional Aleve for muscle aces. I have changed my diet and lost 30 pounds with the diet and exercise. This site was a godsend when I needed it the most. Thanks Jon for your efforts.