Lorna, London, UK
After 20 years of office work, I started suffering from coccyx pain. I think it was as a result of years of sedentary work, and one particularly uncomfortable office chair - it was a new job and I didn't want to make a fuss (my first mistake). I ignored it for months thinking it would go away. Then I started down the GP/NHS route which involved painkillers/injections (you know the story: they don't work). A few years later, by the time I discovered Dr Durtnall (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London), the problem was fairly entrenched and I was quite low about it all.
However, meeting Dr Durtnall was like a breath of fresh air: at last! a proper diagnosis from someone who knows what they are talking about, and a way forward. I would describe him as: highly professional and authoritative, but also very approachable and kind. He is also an exceptionally motivated person who wants to make a difference - which I greatly respect.
In my case, after a year of regular manipulations, I am delighted to say I am getting better - progress is good and steady. I am even starting to enjoy things like eating out again (which used to always be a challenge.). While I know there is still a bit of a way to go till I get to 'normal'. I am confident I will make a full recovery. I can't thank Dr Durtnall, and his lovely team, enough.
Here are my tips for fellow sufferers
TIP 1: When the problem starts, deal with it quickly, get a proper diagnosis from a specialist in this area. Find the cash to see a practitioner: your health is the best thing you can spend your money on.
TIP 2: Don't be scared to make a fuss about seats. For office workers, go to occupational health at your work, and demand a decent chair.
TIP 3: Don't be embarrassed to tell your friends and family about the problem, and importantly, tell them what things are difficult for you. This way they can help (not hinder) you while you are getting treatment and trying to recover.
TIP 4: In longer term cases, accept that it may take some time to get better. Be patient.
TIP 5: Help your practitioner help you - keep active and do not be a couch potato. It all helps.
TIP 6: Don't give yourself a hard time if you have a 'feeling sorry for yourself' day. It is actually quite hard work coping with regular pain when trying to get on with life. However, remember you will get better!