I found out a few weeks ago, that my tailbone is broken. The last two segments of my tailbone are dislocated and go out and above the regular bend of how my tailbone is suppose to go.
While I was glad to find out what has been causing me so much pain when I sit, I am really nervous about how this can be corrected.
My Neurosurgeon is unable to fix this for me, as his specialty is in spinal trauma cases and the brain. He referred me to an Orthopedic Surgeon, but unfortunately the man he referred me to... does not work on the tailbone. You would be surprised at how many calls I had to make Friday morning, in an attempt to find an Orthopedic Surgeon who would take a look at my tailbone. I finally found one (he is Fellowship Trained in the spine, handles a lot of sports injuries) and I have an appointment tomorrow at 2:00pm. He looks great on paper, but I am flat-out nervous about seeing a new spine doctor.
After reading up on the treatments for broken tailbones, I am so nervous! My Neurosurgeon showed Mike and me the Xrays of my tailbone this past Thursday and it doesn't look like these segments can be manipulated back into place. He told us it's highly possible they will need to surgically remove the segments and maybe even my tailbone. The recovery time for this kind of surgery, is very long and painful... up to a year to heal and you're to avoid sitting the entire time. There doesn't appear to be a very high success rate of the pain going away, which is another con to take into consideration.
I have pretty much decided that if these broken segments will not cause any future harm to my pelvic area or spine, I will just continue to adapt to this pain and leave this area alone. I mean, I can sit right now (not comfortably, but at least I can sit) and when the pain becomes intolerable... if I lay down, the pain subsides. When I go out, I take my coccyx pillow and I know as soon as I get home or to someone's house, I will feel relief when I lay down. The same goes with my doctor visits... if sitting becomes unbearable in the waiting room, they will let me lay down in an exam room. There is no way I am going to risk having a surgery that might make this pain even worse and the recovery sounds horrible. There are injections they can give, to try and lessen the pain, but it appears to be a 50/50 type of success rate with those.
It would be great to hear if there are any new treatments this doctor can do, so I'm not giving up complete hope. I will go in with an open mind tomorrow and see what he has to say or offer.
Is there anything I'm missing, as far as questions to ask the doctor tomorrow? If you have any that come to mind, please post them. If you know of anyone who has had a coccyx surgery, I would really appreciate hearing how they are doing.
Thanks for listening and sharing...