Old ice-skating injury left the tailbone like a "Z"

Sandra - rtdebras@yahoo.com

Posted 2009-02-08

Hi, my name is Sandra and I'm 39 years old.

When I was 15, I fell ice skating and landed directly on my tailbone. When I got up from the ice, it really hurt to walk/skate. I sat in the bleechers hoping the pain would go away but it didn't. When I got home, I told my mom the problem and she said to wait and see how I felt the next day. We didn't even make it through that same day as I was crying and sobbing so much because I was in so much pain. My mother took me immediately to our family physician. I can't recall if he took x-rays or not. He said I probably cracked and/or dislocated my tailbone. He went in to manually bring it back into place. From what I can remember, he was only able to move it a little. I was out of school for two months as I could not sit, stand or walk. I could only lay down on my side and going to the bathroom (bowel) was the absolute worst pain. It did eventually heal; or so I thought.

I have had intermittent back trouble ever since that day. Also, when sitting for long periods of time, my tailbone would hurt and/or ache. I never attributed the lower back pain to the tailbone. I have seen several Chiropractors over the years and none were able to completely "cure" me of my back pain. I have suffered from infertility for 11 years. Recently, my back pain has gotten so bad, it has caused me to quit a job where I had to stand on my feet for up to 8 hours. At the end of the day, I could hardly walk or get out of the car. I had to call my husband once from my cell phone, while I was sitting in the garage so he could come down and help me out of the car.

I decided to try Chiropractic care once again. I went to someone who had a lot of fancy equipment, but in the end, hardly touched my back and gave me no relief whatsoever. In the x-rays, he did say it looked as though my tailbone was reversed. I think he just didn't have the accurate profile view to see what was really going on. Again, I gave up for a few weeks. The pain now makes it difficult for me to even stand at the sink and make dinner or wash dishes. After trying to give my little beagle a bath in the tub, and ending in tears, I decided to see the chiropractor my mother uses. He thoroughly went over my history and took accurate x-rays. You could very clearly see that my tailbone is dislocated. It looks as thought the original doctor, 15 years ago, was able to pull the tailbone back a bit, but not all of it. So my tailbone currently is pushed in, and then 1/2 of the pushed in part was pulled back. So it kinda looks like a "Z". My entire spine is out of alignment and is pushed over to the right. He seems to believe it is all connected to my tailbone injury.

So, I'm trying to figure out my next course of action. I believe he will be able to help me with my neck (which is no longer curved) and my spine. I'm not sure he is going to be able to help me with my tailbone as he cannot go in and manually adjust it (they are not able to do this here in Georgia, I've been told). I have read A LOT about coccygectomy and feel I might be a good candidate for this. The problem is that I have idea where to start in trying to find a doctor here in the Atlanta area. The list only shows a doctor who does physical therapy and the story that the patient posted was only 1 week from the treatment he received. I'd want to know how he is doing in 6 months, 1 year and so on.

Having this type of surgery in another state sounds extremely expensive and again, I wouldn't even know where to begin with my insurance company. Any other Georgians out there have a doctor they could recommend? Not necessarily only for the surgery, but for evaluation, and the ability to do the surgery if that was the best option for me.

Thanks for reading and please respond to me if you any suggestions/help etc....

Sandra

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