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22 Months After Coccyx Removal

22 Months After Recovering From Coccygectomy Surgery Wow how time flies! It has been some time since I have given an update, so I wanted to share with you how I have felt since I had my tailbone removed 22 months ago. I still consider the surgery a great success, but honestly I still have pain everyday. I am still under the care of a pain management physician and there are days I am really miserable and some days I stay comfortable for most of the day. The pain levels are nowhere near the pre-surgery levels, so in that regard I certainly cant complain. So when I have bad days I just remember how I used to feel. On my worst days pain levels can be about 60% of my pre-surgery days. On good days, pain levels are as low as 20% and luckily I have more of these days than the former. I find that being able to stand up and walk around is very critical to my comfort levels. If I am confined to one space for more than 30 minutes then I become very uncomfortable. Traveling in an airplane is the worst case scenario for me and is almost unbearable and does approach 100% pre surgery pain levels. I am investigating some options such as nerve ablation using radio waves frequency and looking at the possibility that the...

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Facebook Coccyx Pain Support Group

Facebook Coccyx Pain Support Group An excellent support group can be found on Facebook. The Coccyx Pain Support Group is a private group created by Elizabeth Kathryn Hobbs and includes an active membership. Just visit the link and request...

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10 Months Following Coccyx Removal

10 Months After Having My Tailbone Removed Ive been pretty quiet lately, because my recovery has been doing really well. Well, until recently when the the surgical scar tore open. So now Im back to being very vigilant against infection which is always the biggest concern following surgery. My pain levels have been acceptable, and each month seems to be better than the previous. I still see my pain doctor, because Im not 100% pain free, though the pain I feel is certainly better than prior to surgery. I am currently taking gabapentin, imipramine, and Nucynta. The Nucynta is a relatively new medication, which is usually best described as a much stronger tramadol. Its considered to be an opiod, but the side effect profile is more tolerable. Im glad I have insurance, because the Nucynta would cost me close to $600 per month! I am able to sit in my office all day without too much discomfort since Im able to get up and walk around as needed. The worst pain is experienced when Im flying or driving, both scenarios where I am unable to get around and walk much. Of course the pain of the incision is pretty significant right now, so once I can get that healed, my pain doctor and I will discuss next steps, which could include a nerve...

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Severe Pain After Coccyx Removal – Misha’s Story

Coccygectomy Did Not Help – Misha’s Story Misha, one of the visitors to this site, shares this story: “In 2000, I went to see chiropractor for knee pain. She did some kind of manipulation where she injured my sacrococcygeal ligament. I used to have pain in coccyx on and off .I had some steroids injections that helped till 2010. In March 2010, I had severe tail bone pain. I was not able to sit at all. I had all the conservative treatment ( medication, Injections, Ganglion blockers, Prolotherapy, PT-  manipulation). I finally decided to go for coccygectomy in 2013( May) after trying everything else. My surgery has not been successful so far. I am four and a half months post op ( 18 weeks). I have severe Gluteus Maximus pain on left side radiating to the left leg. Lately, it has started affecting my right side as well. My MRI of the back is normal.I am so frustrated with my life right now. I have been suffering with this pain for the last three and a half years. I thought surgery would get rid of it but I guess not in my case.I did lot of research about coccygectomy. Majority of patients have felt better after surgery.  I have pain (10/10) everyday. I cant sit or stand not lie on the sides because of gluts pain. I have gone...

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Should She Have Tailbone Removed?

Should She Have Coccyx Removed? I had someone email me today who is considering coccyx surgery. Here are the specifics: 1. Can not miss more than 4 weeks of work, or job will be in jeopardy. Job requires sitting all day. 2. A previous injection provided some temporary relief. 3. MRI shows a bone spur, arthritis, and an extra long tailbone. 4. Surgeon says patient will have a two week recovery after the simple procedure to remove the tip of the coccyx. My recommendation was to get a second opinion and not to proceed with a coccygectomy at this time. If a previous injection resulted in some relief, additional injections or nerve ablation might provide additional relief. A coccygectomy should be a last resort and only after injections have failed. I am not a doctor, but I do know that I could not sit all day until approximately 8 weeks after the surgery. And given the fact that infection is one of the most common complications of this surgery, a two werk recovery seems so unlikely. This patient has given permission to post this, and I would like to get recommendations from other readers of this blog. What do you think? Should this patient have their tailbone removed knowing that they could lose their job if out of work more than 4...

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