Made the trip from Texas to NJ to see a coccyx specialist

Sara, USA - sara.walser515@gmail.com

Posted 2016-12-18

My pain started in Dec 2014. Long story short, over the last 2 years I've seen a couple of different spine/pain management docs (various pain meds, 3 unsuccessful cortisone injections, valium suppositories), 2 chiropractors, 1 massage therapist who specialized in this type of pain and a pelvic floor physical therapist. Also had an MRI which revealed nothing abnormal.

Upon finding this site, I found Dr. Patrick Foye, Director of the Coccyx Pain Center in Newark, NJ (see Doctors and specialists in the USA, New Jersey). By the summer of 2016, I was finally ready to bite the bullet and just make the trip from Texas to NJ to see a coccyx specialist. I saw him in Aug 2016. He performed the sitting x-rays and discovered that I have a bone spur on the tip of my coccyx and a hypermobile coccyx. I had a combo of cortisone and ganglion impar block that day and flew back to Texas the next day (ouch!). Unfortunately, as soon as the lidocaine wore off, it was apparent it didn't work. The next step in the plan is nerve ablation. I don't think I need to go back to NJ for that procedure, so I'm working with local spine care/pain management doctor locally. I'm also seeing a physical therapist for some lower back pain and he's trying to help me find relief for my tailbone as well. I am at the point where I really just want to have it removed, but from what I've read, the success rate of the surgery isn't encouraging, and the recovery is slow and difficult. Does anyone know of a surgeon in the US who has had great success with coccyx removal?

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