Injections under anaesthetic

Jo, UK

Posted 2015-07-19

My coccydynia started when my daughter was born 45 years ago. My GP told me that the coccyx was "moving". For five months I had a great deal of pain and had to sit on a cushion with a hole in it. Then I was admitted to hospital to have a gland in my neck removed. After the operation I was banned from getting out of bed for three days because the stitches would break very easily if I moved my head. When I got up I realised the pain in my backside had gone!

I had no more problem until the pain returned after a period of constipation two years ago. The first months passed while my doctors tried to find the reason - I had had a melanoma and so had scams to ensure that was not the problem. I could not get them to focus on the coccyx, and I was given pain killers of various kinds, which really did not work. I was unable to drive after an incident when the pain was intense after having to brake suddenly.

I really made no progress until I found, after which I paid to see Mr. Floyd privately at Saxon Clinic, Milton Keynes (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, Buckinghamshire). He tried what he described as a shallow cortisone and anaesthetic injection, but that had no effect. He said that I would need injections under anaesthetic, but he could not do them because he was retiring. He arranged for me to see his replacement, Mr. Andrew James, and he recommended that I should see Dr. Yaser Mehrez, also at Milton Keynes (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, Buckinghamshire). Dr Mehrez is a consultant anaesthetist. He has a particular interest in Coccydynia.

His treatment worked very well and I was without pain, able to drive and felt fine for eight months. Then after sitting on a particularly hard chair for too long I irritated it again and now get days of discomfort, if I sit for too long, which makes journeys in the car difficult.

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