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Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia)

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Comment from: naty, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I fell on my tailbone several years and got healed but when I got pregnant the pain came back after 11 years. The baby is 8 months now but it's still so painful when I sit for long, and when from sitting I stand up I feel like something is pulling it out.

Comment from: paloma, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 12

Several years ago I broke my tailbone on a merry-go-round horse. Then, after it healed, I broke it again falling off a barstool. I wonder if this could be why I am having trouble walking and have hurting hips.

Comment from: Josh, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

I didn't fall or anything of the sort. I have a tendency to sit incorrectly on my chair hours at a time. I don't know if this could have caused some sort of bruise near my tailbone causing pain. I have had this pain for 4 days now and it seems to be getting worse. It hurts when I sneeze or squeeze my buttocks and it seems to hurt more after a prolonged time of sitting.

Comment from: jen64, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I broke my tailbone 35 years ago falling down a hillside of large wet rocks. The pain was so horrible. To this day have to sit on one leg or the other and sleep on a body pillow. I am told it is all bone on bone in that area. Pain has been bad and I have been on pain pills but now it is worse since they were cut in half. I had injections but they last nothing to 4 weeks, if lucky. I have scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, neck pain, etc. From sports, working in construction and training horses, to nothing.

Comment from: K, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

So I decided to slip and slide with the kids, the slide had soap on it, I ran and fell hard on my tailbone. Now my lower back is burning, no bruising, just hurts badly and I have to lie on stomach. I can't sit and I turn to the side. Wonder if I should go have an x-ray, it feels like a fracture.

Comment from: TiredofTBpain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

Christmas Eve, 2017, I sat on a hard wood floor, wrapping gifts. Christmas morning I had to have help to get out of bed to go to the bathroom, then went straight to the emergency room (ER)! Ever since, my tailbone hurts! When I sweep and mop it aggravates my tailbone horribly. I'm hurting so bad now. ER is full! I am going to bed and will go to ER early in the morning. Also, it's just to the right of my tailbone and I can physically feel it. When I do sit down, I feel like I'm sitting on a golf ball! I have Advil and Tylenol 3. Neither helps at all! I have a lot to do and can't! It's also causing a depression. I cry so much with this tailbone! A little scared.

Comment from: Grammy2kids, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I slept for 3 hours and woke with tailbone pain so bad I couldn't cough to clear my throat. The pain persists 16 hours later. Sitting itself, if I'm still sitting, doesn't seem too bad. Getting up and at sitting down pain increases. I have kidney dialysis so have to sit for 4 hours. While sitting on double 'egg cushion', and not moving, pain is almost gone but coughing sneezing, etc., very painful.

Comment from: becky, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I fell down the stairs on Sunday due to vertigo and landed on my backside and it still hurts 2 days later. I believe I have injured my tailbone. I can't sit or bend down and it is very sore to get off the chair if I am sitting down.

Comment from: Bubbie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I fell pretty hard on my tailbone but it was literally 30 years ago. Six months ago I was off and decided to binge watch some shows. I sat leaning back on the couch Indian style and I got up and down several times but was there for 3 to 4 hours. The next day I woke up and could hardly sit. It has been awful. I tried ibuprofen, hot baths and bought a ring to sit on. Nothing has helped. I went to the doctor and she said it can hurt a long time and to do what I had already been doing. It may be down to say an 8 out of a 10 on the pain scale and some days are better than others but it definitely isn't much better.

Comment from: Zita NZ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

Nearly 30 years ago, during labor, the doctor made the decision to break my tailbone as my baby was stuck. I remember hearing a crack and said I think my pelvis just broke, he said he just shifted my tailbone. Well, the next 6 months were spent either sitting on one leg or on a ring cushion. Ever since I struggle sitting on hard chairs. I had a lot of pain flying from New Zealand to London in May. It is nearly 30 years and it still hurts. My specialist said it can be removed for NZD 13000. I think I may end up with more problems as I hear of the high chance of infection which can be ongoing. I believe once a tailbone is broken it is always going to be a pain in the butt. I wonder if anyone else suffers from severe back pain. Oh well, life goes on.

Comment from: Peter T., 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 28

I have been totally paralyzed for 23 years because of my tailbone injury. I can only lie on my back, but since my coccyx hurts so much at night, my husband is turning me for three hours on each side. He also uses electric stimulation on surrounding muscles, and we have every pillow imaginable. We don't even know what kind of specialist to see.

Comment from: DRakestraw, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

Almost 2 years ago I fell on the ice and got right up mostly because of embarrassment. Anyway I got right up and my back was a little sore and as the day went on my bottom was sore and later that day it was very sore. I have a sit down job and all your nerve endings are in that region. I work out and have a hard time doing that anymore because of sitting at the machines. To get up from my chair at my desk is a chore and I have to think about it for a while before I do it because it hurts so badly. I have been to the doctor and have had x-rays done and they do not see anything. I don't know what in the world is wrong and why it hurts still after almost 2 years.

Comment from: Raul, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

I crashed my motorcycle and was tossed from it causing me to get facial stitches. I also got some road rash, but worse of all, pain in my tailbone. At the emergency room it was unbearable. I received pain medicine and was told it was just bruised. It's been over a month now and the pain is tolerable but it has not gone away. I hope it does as it is hard to exercise, work and continue my normal activities as before. It has been tough not knowing when this will go away, it feels like it won't.

Comment from: kimmer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I went outside with my dogs when the weather was snowy and icy. I slipped on the concrete sidewalk and landed on my tailbone. I couldn't get up for a few minutes then when I did get up I got into the house and passed out on my couch. It is now 3 days later, I'm still in severe pain and if I sit up straight too long I feel like I am getting sick and passing out. I hope this pain goes away soon.

Comment from: sahildary, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

I injured my tailbone 3 months ago when I was playing soccer; suddenly some kind of mild pain occurred in my tailbone area. I didn't take it seriously and kept playing but afterwards pain became worse while sitting and standing. I didn't knew the real reason behind my pain but it was pain I wish my enemy didn't have. I haven't sat freely since 3 months. My doctor says I tore my ligament and it takes around 6 months to heal. I want to return to my good old days before 3 months, tailbone pain is the worst.

Comment from: Donato, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 16

I injured my tailbone almost 13 months ago. I fell backwards on top of the corner of a raised bed. It was very painful. I went to the doctor and I was told that nothing can be done about it. I just need to wait until the bone heals. If I stay sitting for a long period of time, or a long drive will cause pain. This last 3 weeks I didn't have any pain and I was feeling relieved but today I drove more than 4 hours and the pain got back again. I just hope that I won't have this for life.

Comment from: jojo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I have had tailbone pain since lying for so long for a heart ablation in September. It seems to be getting worse every day.

Comment from: Sherry, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 13

I coughed and know I have pain down by my tailbone. I find it hard to sit down.

Comment from: Blueeyescrying, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I was in a motorcycle accident. I fell on the pavement, and was bruised all across my bottom. It's been three weeks and it's still hurting.

Comment from: Nami Zou, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

One day I decided to ride my bike on the road and over one or two small hills. Most times I would stand, but eventually when I sat down, I felt a sharp pain. From then on I could neither sit nor lie down and I would feel a slight pain when standing or walking. I ignored the idea of visiting the doctor, did some stretches and within a week the pain disappeared. It is now exactly 8 days from that day and I woke up with a pain worse than from the day I first experienced it!

Comment from: Jojomonkeygirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

Slipped and fell down the steps. I have a large bruise and swelling now. The doctor took X-rays and said it was not broken. She gave me 800 mg Motrin and I was told to ice it. It's been about 36 hours since the fall. It hurts to walk, sit, or sleep.

Comment from: PJ,, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

Fell on rock more than two years ago and broke tailbone for the second time. I saw six doctors to eliminate cause of continued severe pain in buttocks rectum and coccyx. My doctor has me on Gabapentin and nightly clonazapam. The physical therapist is doing dry needling and pool exercises, which seems to help temporarily for a day or so. I have had spinal and coccyx injections twice with short term relief only. The pain in the rectum is not getting better, and over time and the sciatic nerve has begun to act up. Sitting is difficult and sleeping more than six hours is nearly impossible.

Comment from: Maggie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

Hello, I'm Mary. I'm so grateful for all of you that have posted on this subject. In my situation, I fell backwards from climbing on top of the counter to reach for something, lost my grip and hit the floor right on my tailbone. I waited a few minutes before I managed to get up because I was afraid I had broken my back. Throughout the week I had no pain, but while sitting on the carpet to color my toe nails, I experienced pain that has been lingering! What has helped to ease the pain is Tramadol tablets, 50 mg. I pray this is temporary. I pray y'all get some relieve or get well soon.

Comment from: too much pain, Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I fell, broke and slightly displaced my tailbone. Although the tailbone pain continues, my most dramatic and relentless pain is between my legs. It feels as if someone has kicked me between my legs. The pain is constant and relentless.

Comment from: christine, 55-64 (Patient) Published: February 06

I have pain in my coccyx when I sit or when I touch it. It's even more painful when I sneeze or cough. I don't remember hurting myself. The pain just seemed to appear. There has been no change over a period of 10 days.

Comment from: Brie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I fell down the stairs and now I can't even move.

Comment from: cheryl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I do not know how I came to have a dislocated tailbone. Quite a few years ago I was hit by an 18-wheeler. I fractured my pelvis bone, and dislocated my right hip joint, and fractured my skull. Over the years I have walked with constant pain. I had 5th and 6th disc disease which resulted in the removal of the 5th vertebra with infusion. My pain has always been chronic as I age the pain gets worse in those areas of my body due to osteoarthritis.

Comment from: me, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I was thrown from a horse 2 years ago. I landed on my tailbone. I haven't gone to the doctor because I don't think it matters whether it's bruised or broken. Still, in 2 years' time I'd expected it to heal either way and I doubt doctors can do much about it. Ice helps. I've accepted that it will probably never heal and I don't care to spend a lot of money to be told that, so I'll learn to live with it.

Comment from: maya, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I slipped walking across a wet grassy median that went downhill. I lost my footing, and my feet went up and I landed on my bottom really hard. This was 11 months ago, and depending on the changes in the weather, it's very painful getting up from sitting (and my job is a sitting job). It is worse when it rains or a storm is approaching. This is my second time hurting my tailbone. The 1st time (eight years ago), I don't know how it happened except for I had just started a new job where I had to bend and stoop a lot and move fast. I quit the next day. Ice packs, alternating with heat, and pain relievers help to ease the pain to some degree. I take Tramadol or ibuprofen and sometimes Flexeril for the pain.

Comment from: Shadow, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I have been having pain in the coccyx area for six months now. It is extremely painful to sit in any position and also going to the toilet. The pain is getting worse and I am now getting worried it might be something more serious. I cannot recollect any injury in this area.

Comment from: ponytail941us, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I weigh 250 pound at 5'8” tall. I was walking down an incline with a speaker when I slipped and fell flat on my behind. I felt a crack all the way up to my neck.

Comment from: Tgra, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 21

I fell onto rock, hitting my tailbone. It hurts to sit, bend over, cough, and when I'm sleeping I wake up with numbness on the right leg and extreme pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

I fell down from a chair. The next day it was very painful for me to raise up from sitting position to standing position. I thought it is some injury will heal on itself soon. I went back to my work as usual with extreme pain. The pain was increasing, so I went to a doctor. I had undergone a CT scan, and the doctor found that my coccyx is fractured. The doctor gave me some pain killers and asked me to sit on a scooter's tube and take bed rest. Now I am in Delhi at my home. Even with heat treatment three times a day, I'm not getting any better.

Comment from: Lucky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I fell onto my lower back then bounced onto my shoulder area and broke my arm 13 days ago. I am still having mod/severe pain that is only partially relieved with Vicodin. I also continue to have moderate arm pain. The fracture is just below my shoulder. I have an immobilizer.

Comment from: JMEW, Female Published: May 02

I fell on wet stone steps and landed on my backside. X-ray showed no fracture even though it felt like my tailbone would slide out of place sometimes when I sat down. Two months later and my back still hurts and my back pops or cracks when I rotate my hips a certain way.

Comment from: chloe, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

It feels like the bone moves to the left often and sometimes it clicks.

Comment from: Reruho, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I fell a couple of weeks ago as I was coming around the end of the bed. I started fall forward but landed on my tailbone and my head bounced of the door jam. My husband said he didn't see any bruises. It was difficult to sit; to get up from a sitting position, and to walk, but stairs were the most painful things to navigate. I was treating it with a NSAID and a heating pad. I was starting to get better until last night. I tried to sit on the bottom step of the stairs while I gave my dog a pill. I bumped my butt against a step. I thought I was going to pass out from the pain. I am considering going to the doctor to make sure I didn't fracture it, which will take even longer to heal than a bruise.

Comment from: Pranav, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

Hi, I started having tailbone pain out of nowhere. I don't remembering falling down or hitting on the bum. I went to two orthopedic surgeons. Both of them had to say only what I read on few sites on the internet: No remedy, just improve sitting posture. Lean forward while sitting to avoid pressure on coccyx. I'd say that did help, but the pain has not completely gone away and I am always conscious of the pain when I am sitting.

Comment from: Catchycan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I fractured my tail bone many years ago when I was hit from behind by a blunt object. X-rays confirmed the fracture. In the past year it has began to hurt again. I've found that a donut pillow is as bad as any chair unless I sit forward on it. Whoever recommended it must have a fractured coccyx mixed up with a hemorrhoid, or never had a tailbone injury. The center opening is just in the wrong place to alleviate any pressure on the tail bone. I've actually found that the pillows you buy to wrap around your neck for traveling make a great seat cushion when reversed with the opening at the back. Good support with no pressure on the tail bone.

Comment from: tailbone pain, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

I have had pain in my tailbone area for several years. The pain occurs most when I am sitting down. It gets better but seems to get aggravated when I'm under stress.

Comment from: PIA, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

These user comments have been very informative- I'm glad they're posted... I just had a snowboarding fall 2 days ago where I landed tailbone-first. I have been in serious pain ever since. It hurts to walk (especially up stairs!). It hurts to go from a sitting to standing position, and like others have said, it even hurts to sneeze. If x-rays are done to determine whether it's a bruise or a fracture, would the treatment be any different than what it is now? I have no desire to incur additional medical costs at this point (and I'm also not thrilled at the thought of a rectal exam being done to diagnose this injury), so my concern is whether or not I go to the doctorr soon, or give it more time & see how things go...

Comment from: tiredof beingdizzy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I have Meniere's disease got dizzy and fell down my stairs hurting my tail bone. I can't bend over it hurts to sit, stand or lay down. The dr. took some x-rays and told me to go home and take acetaminophen. I have been taking 5 ibuprofen every 4-5 hours with no relief. It is actually getting worse in my opinion I can't even sleep. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I slipped on the stairs and my tailbone hit down four stairs in a row. There is terrible pain and it feels like it will never end. It hurts to stand or sit back or to lie on either side.

Comment from: Willow, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I had major hip repair surgery in October 2009, the surgery was approximately 4 hours long. I awoke from the surgery, still all doped up, with SEVERE tailbone pain, the surgical pain was nothing compared to this tailbone pain. It is now four months later & I have returned to work and the pain is back just as bad as it was when I awoke from surgery. I am going back to the surgeon next week, but he has not taken this serious so far. This pain is unbearable after just 1/2 hour of sitting. I also believe my SI joint is involved. What "type" of dr deals with tailbone pain and what can be done to stop this? I must work as I used all my sick time with the hip surgery, please help me.

Comment from: dancemaster8, 13-18 Male Published: January 26

2 years and 7 months ago I had a go-kart accident and badly bruised my tailbone, when I got back home I had a big back bruise across my bum. I went to get it looked at, and I went to a special doctor to get treatment for it. I had shock pads and massaged, then I stopped for a while and the pain stopped. The pain started from my tailbone and then went to my back, after a few weeks it stopped. Then last year it came back, and now it is so bad. I can't sit for a long while, and I can't lay in my bed comfortable because my back hurts, and my side, and my front hurts. It feels like someone is stabbing me and it hurts, and when I sit for a long time the pain shoots up my side and my tailbone hurts.

Comment from: haleymd38, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I slipped on ice and hit flat on my back and head. Now, I have a huge knot on my head and my lower back aches, which continues. With ibuprofen it is bearable.

Comment from: grandma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I fell on my tailbone when I was 4yrs. old and I could not walk for a long time. The soreness went away, but the area was very tender. Then I fell on a steel railing when I was 30 and I was hurting for weeks. I could not get out of bed without help. I am now 71 and I fell on my coccyx again and I can not move too fast or carry anything that is heavy for too long. I exercise and my instructor told me to sit on an exercise ball and sway on it. It helps a lot.

Comment from: Smalls, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I have a fractured tailbone from snowboarding. My doctor said that sitting on a doughnut, which brings other people relief, makes my situation worse. I agree! Sitting on a toilet is so painful. I hope this helps someone else!

Comment from: butthead, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 19

I fell over 17 years ago and it still hurts. I never went to the Dr. because whats the use ?? It hurts to sneeze, bend, stoop over almost everything. You know how it feels,,,,bad.

Comment from: linda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I slipped on the snow and landed on my back. I was unable to sit straight up without intense pain. I have to sit on one buttock or on my side to sleep. It always feels like I am sitting on a lump. Sometimes, I find that I am relieved by walking. I have been unable to sit or drive.

Comment from: ksmedley, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I fell over on the ice less than a week ago and my doctor feels I have cracked my tailbone. It's the most painful thing I have ever experienced!! I have purchased a wedge-shaped cushion with the cut out part and it is excellent for sitting down. I am currently taking painkillers which are helping to slightly take the edge off. I am only 25 and very worried by the awful pain and severe reduction in mobility I am experiencing. My doctor has advised that at this point there is no real point to having X-rays done as nothing can be done to help me. I would not wish this on my worst enemy!! :(

Comment from: CoolC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I am a 47year old female and healthy. On Saturday, the 9th of January I slipped on an icy sidewalk and landed on my tailbone. I didn't think much of it at the time as I was able to get up and walk on. However, that night I couldn't sleep as I had a persistent dull ache in my lower back. Today, four days on, the ache remains and I fear I've either bruised or fractured my tailbone. I'm planning to see my doctor later, but I'd like to say that I've found this article very helpful and enlightening. Thank you.

Comment from: Bella, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I have suffered the past several years from prolapsed discs in my upper back, but lately I've been suffering from tailbone agony and sciatica. After reading this article, I know now that they might actually be related, which is a relief, in a way. Usually I lay down while watching TV or if the pain becomes unbearable I'll get up and clean something or bake cookies (not a great way to watch my weight). I'm looking for alternatives to pain meds that might help me cope. As for right now, a donut cushion is the only way.

Published: January 11

I am a 50 year old female (healthy). I injured my coccyx in August when I when I sat down on the seat of a bus. The seat cushion was worn and when seated you could feel the metal components in the seats. As I sat down I landed on the metal parts. Instantly I had severe pain to the point of nausea, sharp pain, bruising and swelling. That was August 2009. I went to the emergency clinic within 24 hours, followed up with x-ray and MRIs over the past 4 months. It's January 2010 and I am still experiencing chronic pain which forms a triangle area in the lower back closer to base of the spine. This has prevented me from water sports, exercise, and enjoying riding my motorcycle. I didn't realize how painful this type of injury would be.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

My injury occurred during childbirth. I'm a very small person and I didn't understand why I wanted to sit toward the front on my stitches when other new moms were sitting back to stay off their stitches. My doctor confirmed a coccyx fracture. It took a very long time to heal, but after a year or so it seemed to heal on its own. Twenty years later I fell off our back porch and landed on my tailbone. The X-ray was ugly, but once again it healed. Now, 8 years later it feels as if my tailbone is pointed out toward my back instead of curved in toward my pelvis. It's often uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful. I'm not sure anything can be done about this as my doctors have said they don't repair tailbones.

Comment from: Kathryn, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I was sledging in January around the 5th and I went over a ramp and landed on my coccyx with force, it has been almost 3 months since and the pain is excruciating, it hurts most after I try to stand up off a chair or try to bend down.

Comment from: stonecold, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I injured my tailbone three years ago bending down cleaning the floor. I fell back onto the edge of the coffee table. I have been in agony every since. I never went to the doctor because I thought there was nothing they could do. It is still sore three years later especially when I sit on something hard for any length time.

Comment from: alwaysin pain, 35-44 Female Published: February 03

I went to sit down in a computer desk seat and the back rolled around right when I sat down and I flipped backward right onto my tailbone and I thought I was going to die. All I could do was get on my knees and hold my breath. Well that has been almost 3 years ago and I am still having trouble with my tailbone. It doesn't hurt when I walk and it really doesn't hurt a lot when I sit down, but let me tell you, when I get ready to get up the pressure and the pain that I feel at my tailbone, well it just about causes me to pass out, and this is embarrassing but right above the split or crack area. Well the spot is sore and tender. It is awful.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I either fractured or badly bruised my coccyx after slipping at New Year. Since then I have been unable to sit properly and have to concentrate when turning over in bed. I haven't completed a full week's work since. Prescription painkillers have helped slightly when not spacing me out, but nothing reduces the pain completely. I feel like I have been kicked by a horse when the pain comes and it takes the wind out of me. I was hoping that it would get better, but judging by the responses on this page I won't be holding my breath!

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I'm 26, and I grew up as a farm girl who was always outside being active. 5 years ago I fell when I was skateboarding and ever since I can't rotate my neck properly. I get sciatica almost daily, my tailbone hurts so bad I can't sit for long periods of time and it looks swollen all the time. My right knee swells up every now and then. I'm pissed off because the doctors won't help me and really take a look to see what is going on. I can't even go for a jog anymore. I look like I'm a 98 year old woman when I walk.

Comment from: mthree, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I also injured my tailbone and experienced relief and realignment through acupuncture. Then about 15 years later, I slipped on the stairs when 7 months pregnant and really hurt it. It seemed to heal well on its own, but after 6 years, it really hurts again. I can no longer sleep on my back. The area gets very hot and sweaty, and is now inflamed with a rash. I plan to return to the acupuncturist for treatment, but think it is odd that pain reoccurred years after the accident.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

My injury happened with my first child 17 years ago. I was a small woman. The pain is better, but I am still not able to do any sit-ups or sit directly on my tailbone for extended periods of time. I never had an x-ray or any exam, but was advised by my midwife and doctor that it was a tailbone injury. Due to the results of my injury, I would really like to know how bad the injury is.

Comment from: Nancy, 55-64 Female Published: December 28

I am an active 56 year old woman . I recently injured my coccyx when I was testing the training wheels on my grandson's small bicycle and went over a bump. My tailbone slammed hard onto the bicycle seat and I felt immediate severe pain. For the first few days it was extremely uncomfortable to sit, and also to run. Now, over two weeks later it is still uncomfortable, but I can manage by shirting my weight from one buttock to the other (I have not resumed my running schedule yet). I trust the pain will diminish/go away with time. In the meantime I am going to get a "donut" cushion as the only place it is really comfortable to sit is on a toilet seat!

REFERENCES:

Lirette, L.S., G. Chaiban, R. Tolba, and H. Eissa. "Coccydynia: An Overview of the Anatomy, Etiology, and Treatment of Coccyx Pain." Ochsner J 14.1 Spring 2014: 84-87.

Nathan, S.T., B.E. Fisher, and C.S. Roberts. "Coccydynia: a review of pathoanatomy, aetiology, treatment and outcome." J Bone Joint Surg Br 92 (2010):1622.

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