Fell off my bike heard and felt the crack in my lower back

Michelle - jordylass@gmail.com

Posted 2010-02-21

I fell off my bike mid August and heard and felt the crack in my lower back.

The car journey to A+E was the most excruciating experience I have ever endured, (and I've given birth 5 times). I was given pain killers by the triage nurse, but was still in so much pain when I was examined that tears were streaming down my face. I had to sit to be examined and raise my legs and such to check that I didn't have a spinal injury. I was told that I had probably broken my coccyx but that they didn't x-ray it as the treatment was standard. Pain killers and lots of them.

I came home and read what I could find on the internet including this very helpful site and was dismayed to hear of how many people go on to experience chronic pain. No way, thought I, positive thought and exercise will get me through this, give me 12 weeks and I'll be right as rain.

Unfortunately my positive thought and yoga weren't enough to prevent the chronic condition for me either, I had an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon last week, he told me he has had very limited success with steroid injections and that his best course of treatment is manipulation under anesthetic (MUA) with a steroid injection and if that is not successful then removal.

I am worried about going in for he MUA as I hate any type of intervention, but I'm 43 and the pain is definitely interfering with my life. I have access to low level laser and thinking of giving that a blast to see if there is any benefit before having a GA. If anyone has tried this I'd love to hear their outcome.

I've had my MRSA swabs and should have my appointment for theatre within about 2 months. I'll update this with any news.

Michelle

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