Pain in my butt!!

Shaun - sasquatch1@shaw.ca

Posted 2011-01-02

I have also been suffering with coccyx pain for approx 9 months. I did not fall or get kicked in the butt or experience anything else traumatic enough to have endured this constant annoying pain in my butt!!! I'm a 29 year old female with no history of serious back pain and have always been in good health. I am writing this because if I can help someone to heal from information that I have obtained I will try. So here is my experience:

About 2 and 1/2 years ago I was pretty overweight, so I decided to start exercising and eating healthy. I joined a gym and gradually over the course of 2 years lost almost 80 Lbs! I had never felt as good as I did at that time. One day while working out vigorously on the stair climber I noticed a faint ache in my tailbone area. Just to be cautious I went home and iced my butt and took it easy for a while. At the time I was also running and doing a lot of hill climbing, lifting weights and just pushing my body to it's full capacity. If only I knew then what I know now! I remember waking up that first night every time I rolled over in bed to that strange soreness in my tailbone. Needless to say I have been living with it ever since.

When the pain first started it was just sore in the one spot (more to the left side). The pain (more like a pressure) quickly seemed to spread up into the sacrum and low back area. It was extremely intense, scary, devastating and debilitating. In June of this year I went for a coccyx x-ray and was told by my doctor that everything came back normal. My GP informed me that I had a soft tissue injury and only time will heal. I remember how helpless I felt as she walked out of the office while I pleaded; '' I can't sit, drive, SLEEP, stand, walk, bend, squat''. I was told that there was nothing they could do and our visit was done. That was the moment I realized I was royally screwed!!! I continued to work ( I am a community health worker) for approx one more month (in excruciating pain) until I was able to take vacation time at the end of July. I believed that I would be fine after my vacation, so I laid on my back for approx 12 days on a heat pad and took ibuprofen, muscle relaxers and topical ointments. I tried all the topical ointments and found one to be the most effective it's called (Trameel).

So anyways, as you can probably guess I never did go back to work after my vacation. The next three months of my life would be without a doubt the most physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging journey I have experienced thus far. Physically I went from a strong, healthy hardworking women who held a job that I love, ran a household and involved myself in many activities such as hiking, biking, tennis, rollerblading, etc... to someone who could barely walk to the bathroom and back to bed. Emotionally, I was a total mess!!! I cried most days and felt extremely sorry for myself. It was a dark time. Fortunately, I have a wonderful family who stayed strong for me even when I wasn't! Looking back on the way I handled things now, I wish I would have kept a more positive attitude.

So again I went back to the same doctor who dismissed me two weeks earlier. This time I was sent for an x-ray of my lumbar spine, came back normal. Next I went for a CT scan, again normal. I also had a colonoscopy, blood, urine, fecal, pap smear test (normal). All tests point to crazy!!! Since my GP could not find anything wrong with me ''physically'' the life altering pain in my coccyx must be something I manifested in my mind. I decided that a life filled with antidepressants and painkillers was not the life for me, so I proceeded to try many different alternative therapies such as; massage therapy (20 sessions), physiotherapy (9 weeks), acupuncture (10 sessions) , chiropractic (15 sessions) all of which are expensive treatments. Lucky for me I have a very good health insurance plan, and was reimbursed for most of it. For me the combination of an excellent chiropractor who was experienced in coccyx pain and an acupuncturists who was extremely knowledgeable gave the first sign of relief in 6 months. So basically, I was told I had possible torn ligaments, dislocated coccyx (x ray did show coccyx curled under, pointing towards pelvis), tight piriformis muscles and weak pelvic floor muscles. I also sat on a soft ice pack 3 times per day for 10-15 min, took lots of hot baths, stopped all vigorous exercise (no hills), went swimming in a natural hot springs pool (amazing), lots of stretching, relaxation deep breathing and rest, rest and more rest!!! As it stands today my pain is approx 90% better and I am 100% confident that I will be fully healed one day soon. I have always been stubborn and refuse to let the pain control my life. I am back to work and functioning to the best of my ability with daily activities. In my experience TIME, PATIENCE, LOVE and HOPE will heal us. I wish everyone the best of luck and encourage you to stay strong!!!

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