Coccydynia in Manila: Costs

As I’ve said in my previous post, a fall resulted to coccydynia (pain in the tailbone area) and I will be working on a series of posts about my recovery so that others may also learn from my experience. As of now I have only started with my physical therapy sessions so I will be updating this post as the bills pile up.

If there is anything I learned from my past injuries, it is that you should never take them for granted. Ignoring an injury does not make you stronger, it only makes you stupid and regretful later on. Keep in mind that your threshold is not always in sync with your body. Sometimes you feel you can take it but your body is actually already taking a beating. Have it checked by a professional because the costs of chronic pain is a bigger burden or worse irreversible. Never scrimp for health because it’s not worth it.

Having said that, let’s see the damages so far.

  • 1000 pesos consultation fee (initial diagnosis, prescription, X-ray request)
  • 1600 pesos X-ray
  • 190 pesos  10 capsules of generic brand (19 pesos each)  (65 pesos each/650 in total for branded medicine)
  • 1000 pesos consultation fee (progress after the prescribed medicine, ruling out fracture, physical therapy referral and specifications)
  • 3708 total for 6 physical therapy sessions (618 per session)

Apart from the financial costs, there’s also the difficulty of not being able to sit for long periods of time. Several trips to the clinic is also time consuming. Most importantly, I’m quite an active person so when everything came to a halt it was such a big blow. I want to cheat and go to the gym or something but really I don’t want to make it worse so I comply.

Up next is the detailed account of the physical therapy session.


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