9 Weeks Following Coccygectomy
It has been 9 weeks since I had my tailbone removed. I am happy to report that things could not be going any better. I had a follow up visit with my surgeon last week, and he was pleased enough with my recovery that he decided to move from a biweekly appointment schedule teo once per month.
My pain levels are comparable to my pre surgical pain levels, and there are some days that the pain is significantly less than I had before my surgery. So it appears that things are definitely moving in the right direction. I am back to work and Im sitting for much of the day without any serious complications.
The nerves are starting to grow back, and they are firing very angry signals sometimes. Sometimes I will just be laying in the bed and a sharp shooting pain will come out of nowhere. It feels like somebody has stuck s knire in my back. The good news is this pain will only last for a few minutes, and then it goes away. These episodes occur up to 5 times per day. The pain is certainly high enough to make me jump. But this is the only significant pain but Im really concerned about right now. But my doctor tells me this is a good sign because it indicates that the nerves are growing back and they are sending signals like they should pay.
I am now back to visiting with the pain management physician. We are working on tapering off many of my medications, and trying to find the right combination of medications that will control the pain that I am certain to feel over the next year or so. I was told that it will probably be about 18 months before I will know what the rest of my life will feel like. So for right now its just a waiting game.
My wound is still open. It seems like it will probably take another 2 to 4 weeks to completely heal. The wound is closing from the inside out so I have to be very patient. The risk of infection is nearly gone but I still cannot be complacent about my wound care.
All in all I am pleased with the outcome of the surgery and Im confident that I will have a complete recovery.