Drugs not working

Lucy, UK

Posted 2015-03-22

My problems started last year 6th April 2014. I was completing a Tough Mudder assault course with a friend for charity. I had to go down a muddy bank into the river and the only way to get down safely was to slide on my bum. Half way down the bank at a good speed I slid right into a small broken tree stump that was just sticking out just above the mud. The pain was instant but adrenalin had kicked in so I carried on regardless. The journey home was when I really thought I could have possibly done some damage as I couldn't sit properly. Two days after the injury I visited the GP who told me that it is likely to be fractured and the hospital will be reluctant to X-ray as there is so little they can do with a fractured coccyx. With this information I just took some more painkillers and got on with it.

The next few weeks were pretty tough, unable to sit or stand without screeching out in pain but it did improve slightly over the next few months but was still causing me pain. The pain continued but I kept thinking it will get better over time, but it did the opposite and got worse. I finally went back to the GP in January was sent for an x-ray to check for a fracture, the x-rays showed no fracture and I carried on as I was. It took me 4 weeks to get another appointment with the doctor by this point the pain was as bad as when I first injured it.

Sitting down for any length of time hurts but trying to get through a meeting at work or a 30 minute drive leaves me in agony. My main area of pain is when I go from seating to standing, I put of standing up or try inventive ways to get off my chair, all still cause me pain.

Where I am now:

I'm at the point where the thought of living like this for much longer makes me want to cry. I can't do simple things like sitting down and I love sitting down, a recent cinema trip was just me thinking about how much my bum hurts and a trip to my favourite restaurant for valentine's day was ruined by the pain. I also think my boyfriend, friends and family are getting sick of me moaning about it, even though I try not to keep bleating on about it.

I'm going to the physio and other things she has recommended but reading through everyone's stories on here I don't hold out too much hope.

I will update in a few months, fingers crossed things will have improved.


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