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Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia)

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Comment from: Tara, 45-54 (Caregiver) Published: December 28

I had a bad fall down icy stairs five days ago, and landed on my tailbone. I went to the emergency room and x-rays showed that I had broken my tailbone in one place, and dislocated it in another. It's important to know that a dislocation can actually perforate your rectum and it is life threatening. Now I have to see a fracture specialist who will decide if it can be relocated or to be removed. Don't mess around folks, go get an x-ray! Pain is terrible, but I'm managing.

Comment from: sevenspies, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I was about 13 or 14 when I went down some concrete stairs, slipped on the ice and fell, and landed on my butt on the pavement. I have fallen on my butt various times over the years as well. I am now 46 and if I sit a certain way or get up from sitting, it is very painful in the tailbone area. I was told it would heal on its own, but I am still suffering and not sure what my next step is. I always thought that maybe I just didn't have enough cushioning down there.

Comment from: Songbird7, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I have fallen on my tailbone now 3 to 4 times. First when I slipped going down the stairs in the dark and hit the last step and landed right on my tailbone before I slipped to the floor and hit it again. That was 7 years ago. Great pain, I had it checked and was told that it was a slight fracture but you can't do anything about it. About 5 years later, while ice skating with my 2 grandchildren, my feet slipped out from under me and I fell on the hard ice twice right on the same injured tailbone. They had to help me off the ice as I couldn't walk unassisted. Same terrible pain. Any sitting has cause for great pain, especially car trips. I try to put the car seat back, sit on my Cox cushion or a heated one, which helps. But any getting up from sitting for more than 30 minutes gives me great pain and it's even hard to walk after that. Recently, 1 week ago, my doctor did a sacroiliac (SI) injection to help pain in the SI joints. The Band-Aid was right next to my tailbone where he injected the needle and I have been in much more severe pain since then. I think he bruised it with the needle. He had given me the same shot a month ago and I remember the pain in that area then, but it's much worse this time. I find that the heat helps it the most, but it's been a week and I have to lie on my side all the time. I can't sit and if I do, then I can hardly walk without bending over. I can't take NSAIDs due to colitis, so that's not good. Even the pain pill isn't taking away the pain now. I have no life, not sure when this pain of almost 15 years is going to end.

Comment from: ConfusedandFedup, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I didn't have a fall, no injury or trauma to my tailbone at all. Last year on Thanksgiving, my tailbone started hurting for no reason and nearly 1 year later, it is still hurting and I still don't have a diagnosis. Originally they thought it was referred pain from a loose screw from my spinal fusion, but my spine surgeon wouldn't even consider that possibility even though another general surgeon, radiologist and my primary care physician says it clear on the x-ray and CT scan. Anyway, last week I had a ganglion of impar block in my tailbone to see if that is the problem, and it would appear the pain isn't originating from the tailbone as the injection did nothing for the pain. I had 3 days of increased pain and then back to my normal daily pain I have had for a year. Next week we will do a hardware block so see if it is a loose screw causing the referred pain in my tailbone.

Comment from: Doctor, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

I slipped on a rain slick stair 30 years ago. The provider I saw, laughed and wrote a prescription for a year's supply of Motrin, and said that no one was going to be bothered by this fracture but me. He was correct. I have been bothered by tailbone pain for 30 years, in a constantly increasing fashion. At age 69, I can barely tolerate sitting, but getting up is worse, and please don't make me sit down again once I'm up. Now I can't take NSAIDs so it is much more apparent.

Comment from: Clueless, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I fell and injured my tailbone probably when I was 16 or 17 years old. Right now I'm 27 years old. I never went in to get it checked out since it could be expensive for x-ray and thought it would heal and go away. But it's been almost 10 years and I'm still having trouble sitting for a long time and it's painful with anything that has to do with me sitting.

Comment from: Francine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I have never recovered from tailbone pain. I just had an epidural full of cortisone in an attempt to heal inflamed white blood cells; it's a party in my body as a result of spinal cord sports injury 15 years ago, the heatwave summer to be precise. A patient with less trauma would show improvement in pain levels whereas I feel too much party like a 911 call in my pelvis and legs. Very scary life indeed.

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

I've had back pain and nerve damage for a very long time now and I also have spinal scoliosis, 2 bulging discs and disc disease. In the past 5 months I haven't been able to sleep lying down because my tail bone hurts so badly. It's hard to get up from my position even if I sleep on my side or back so I'm always sleeping sitting up leaning forwards. When awake I've noticed that even if I lean for something I feel a pulling pain that hurts, as well as bending down. I don't know why this is happening to me, because I haven't fallen down or anything.

Comment from: Jean, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I have fallen twice and hurt my tailbone. Once 15 years ago and again 7 years ago. It has never healed but pain used to go away after some time, but now never. I was put on steroid pills for 5 days recently but gained 10 pounds that week but pain went away for a month. Best month of my life. I cannot sit anywhere, cannot take trips, so I just stand and walk around most of the time. If I twist my body and turn over when I sleep, the pain is horrible. I guess I will try the shot now but they said it is hard to get it in the right place. Worst injury I have ever had.

Comment from: bprina, Female (Patient) Published: May 25

I'm glad I found this forum because my doctor said I had sprained my tailbone as the x-ray revealed no fracture. He said I would get better in three weeks. Like most of you, it hurt to walk and I had to use my arms to press on my thighs to get up. My buttock cheeks hurt every day. However, I am getting a bit better. After week one, I saw a chiropractor and have been seeing him 2 or 3 times a week. He has suggested a CT scan for a better perspective. I am 25 percent better after 3 weeks, but the nights are hardest. The chiropractor uses a massage machine on my buttock cheeks and that helps a little. I'm taking supplements and sitting on sheep's skin. Fleece works well also. I would say, get an x-ray and see a reputable chiropractor to prevent scar tissue formation. We all have to just hang in there and be really careful from now on.

Comment from: chole, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I was at my friend's house and we were playing flashlight tag and I had my socks on (bad choice). So I slipped and hit my head but I also hurt my tailbone. About 2 or 3 months later it still hurts whenever I sit, sometimes or stretch.

Comment from: Jennifer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I fell hard going down the stairs and broke my tailbone. For years I had pain and I kept hearing I should sit on a doughnut cushion. Finally I could not stand the pain anymore and I bought one. I took it with me everywhere I went and I did not sit down unless I sat on the doughnut cushion. I also got the cortisone injection at the same time. I am sure if I had not used the cushion I would not have improved. It was several months later I noticed the pain got better. It is gone now but if I sit in a certain position I can feel the pressure and it starts to ache.

Comment from: Dilon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I recently had a fall from slipping on some ice. I fell hard back on the steps out my back door once my feet went out from under me. I felt ok at first then as morning came I couldn't sit or stand up without intense pain. I had tried everything. Heat and soaking in Epsom salt water with my bath. The heat helps it to relax some but is still painful.

Comment from: 1chance1, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 17

I was stuck in the back of a cargo van sitting a stainless seat for 11 days traveling the country. This was back in March. I am still having pain in my tailbone. It is always there. Sometimes better some times worse. Just walking for about 20 minutes makes it hurt worse.

Comment from: jonintrix, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I fell at work, and went to their doctor. In my back I had pulled a muscle, anyway it was swollen, this was on September 16, 2015. After swelling went down my physical therapist had me doing stretches. Then I was released because I could do it. A day or so later, I couldn't sit on my bed, or in a chair, or drive without twisting on a hip. My work made a big deal out of me falling backwards on the floor, and I was put on light duty, sitting pulling files out of boxes, thick files. And people just didn't care, if I hurt. I was told over and over again, you can't do nothing about it. It hurts so bad, up to this day October, 24, 2015, just as bad as when I discovered the injury, does it ever go away, I wonder. It has made my life an agony. I'm beginning to think there is no recovery.

Comment from: unhappywithtailbone, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I noticed my tailbone hurting after my first bike ride of the season last summer [2014]. I have been a bike rider for several years, this is the first time I had tailbone pain. I did crack my tailbone when I was about 14, I'm now 48. I have been to the doctor, had an x-ray, been to physic, been to massage; so far no relief and everyone has given me a different reason for the pain. It is very frustrating!

Comment from: lisa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I fell 18 months ago whilst collecting crabs with the kids on holiday in Ireland. My feet slipped from underneath me and fell onto a rock. I had never felt such pain in my life. I felt sick and faint. I feel it is something you can only understand if you have felt it yourself. At the hospital in Ireland I was examined and as the consultant pressed down near the bottom of my spine towards my coccyx I threw up with the intense pain. I was told my cocxys was broken and prescribed pain relief. I was unable to sit or bend to dress myself for the rest of the holiday and going to the toilet was horrendous. On returning to the UK I had an x-ray and was told my coccyx was fractured and chipped. This has since caused my pelvis to require realigning numerous times and I still have physio. I take tramadol most days to ease the pain. Sometimes I get so annoyed, I am 31 and yet I can't do whatever I want with the kids and when I do, like going for a bike ride for example, the pain afterwards is unreal. Breaking my coccyx has totally changed every area of my life. I read so many things online of how it should take maybe around 6 months to recover yet I just wish I could see the day.

Comment from: TXKathy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I slipped on a sidewalk during a heavy rain and landed right on my bum. I'm honestly a pretty clumsy person and have had similar falls on at least two other occasions (once rollerblading and once down the stairs). I fell in late January. It is now early April. I haven't been to a doctor. I had no visible bruising, even immediately after the fall (but then I don't bruise much). It is uncomfortable to sit, but it is agonizing to go from sitting to standing, slightly less so to go from standing to sitting, and seems to be getting worse. The other two falls I had felt about the same--hurt to get up out of a chair--but got better in a few weeks at most. I don't have health insurance, but I'm starting to think I'm going to have to suck it up and pay to see an orthopedist. These comments about life-long pain and tailbone injury changing someone's life have me really concerned.

Comment from: Pandher, 19-24 (Patient) Published: March 29

I am an overweight male (130 kg), was walking to college on a chilly morning and slipped on the ice. I fell not more than a foot (lost balance and landed on my knee and then fell backward). I got up and as if nothing had happened walked for another mile. While reaching the college I felt as if there was something brushing between my buttocks. I still kept on going. I attended my class and when started to get up. I had an excruciating pain between the cheeks and I couldn't get up. My body would not support me. I had walked up from nasty motorcycle accidents but this pain was difficult to bear. I don't know how I reached my home that day. I went to a medical center and they said I had fractured my tail bone and nothing could be done. I called up my orthopedic surgeon in India and was advised rest and not to sit to reduce the recovery time (sitting is an integral part of a person's day to day routine). But what was the best part was that the medicine he prescribed was amazing. I was advised to use DOLONEX DT piroxicam tablets 20 mg. I was on this medicine was about twenty days. After this 20 day period I stopped it for a while to assess the pain and discomfort. The pain is bearable now and I am off the medicine. What the medicine does is tap the pain and you wouldn't know the pain existed and somehow not knowing the pain reduced my recovery time. I did ask for some more from the chemist shop or the drug marts here in Canada and they refused because I did not have a prescription from a Canadian doctor. What I would like to suggest the people suffering from this is to try out the medicine. I do not know of the side effects or any allergies to this medicine (but frankly speaking I was not able to bear the pain), but it worked wonders.

Comment from: Fran127, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I fell 11 days ago. I must admit I did not rest and kept up with my normal activities which involved moving and lifting boxes, plus biking and tennis. I thought the pain would exacerbate with no special care. The opposite is true. My coccyx really hurts more.

Comment from: Rasha, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

I felt discomfort on my tailbone three months ago. I don't remember any severe injury that could cause it. I avoided sitting for three months. It is better now but I still cannot sit like normal people. The X-ray shows a little bend.

Comment from: Glenda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

April 2004 I fell and cracked my pelvis in several places. I brushed myself off and walked away after doctors told me there was nothing wrong. They said it was just a big bruise and knot on my rump. I had X-rays made. A few weeks later as the pain was beyond belief, this is when I found out my pelvis was cracked. I am still being treated for it at a Pain Clinic. Last month I fractured my tailbone. I felt something move when I fell. I have another big bruise and knot except on opposite side of rump. I can hardly stand anything touching me. I try using ice packs but the pain is so bad. I sleep with two memory foam toppers on my bed. I sit on memory foam pillows. They are better than any cushion that I have found.

Comment from: LizRN, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I was heading out to work and the stairs were icy. I ended up flying off the top step onto the brick walkway in a sitting position. Ouch! I landed right on my tailbone! I couldn't get up for a few minutes, so I laid there crying like an idiot. I finally, got up and hobbled to my car. At work, I shunned all offers to go to the ER and I went home and suffered for four days. I've been through childbirth, kidney stones and shingles, and this was the WORST pain ever!

Comment from: wagner1969, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I had a lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection three days ago. The doctor called and now tells me the pain still lingering in my left buttock and down my leg is due to coccyx fractures. I am at my wits end. What the heck do I do about this pain? I am about to just give up! My husband is sick of hearing about it and my daughter who is a physician tells me to more or less stop whining! I need a bit of support!

Comment from: 19 years later, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

My tail bone was fractured in 1994. I presently work 10-hour shifts, sitting all day, and the chronic bad pain hardly subsides. I take a prescription anti-inflammatory and Tramadol. It's not the remedy I want to settle for.

Comment from: JennaSampson3042, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

Somehow a few days ago my tailbone started hurting and I didn't remember falling and hurting it. I jumped my horses and I think it is going to get really worst. It was hurting bad at school because every time I tried getting up from a chair, it started hurting so bad! I injured my tailbone a year (or more) ago and this is the second time I injured it.

Comment from: proverbs3130gal, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

A few days ago I fell down in my front yard, while stepping outside my front door (somehow lost my balance). I fell flat on my back, with my knees up, and my tailbone hit flat on a large flagstone. Since then I have been in pain and experienced some throbbing after sitting down for extended periods of time. My brother is an EMT and he advised me to ice it the first few days, and then he advised me to apply heat to speed healing. The icing helped to numb the pain. It felt so good after icing that I was afraid to add the heat, thinking the opposite would occur. I was wrong! It felt so good to apply some heat!

Comment from: Roses12, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

Hi I fell on my tailbone almost thirty years ago, when I fell, it was on cement that was near water, the pain was so bad, that I thought I would not be able to get up. I went to the doctors months later, as I had a puffiness on my tailbone, he told me it was fluid, and not to worry about it, if it caused problems come back, the thing is it has affected me years later: I can't sit for too long, have nerve damage, which has affected my lower body organs, sciatica and also my mouth, I have serve arthritis in my spine, especially in my neck, and shoulders. I have had physio, that made me worse, I don't know if I can have surgery to rectify the problem.

Comment from: horseygal, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I was bucked off my horse 10 days ago and landed on my head and elbow. I think my tailbone hit the ground pretty hard though (onlookers said I landed on my head and then flopped over). After an MRI, elbow x-ray and lots of Ibuprofen, I'm fine except for my tailbone! It hurts to sit, stand, sleep and cough or sneeze. I haven't been in the saddle since and I'm starting to dread it. The pain is not excruciating like some of you have described, but it definitely hurts. Good luck to all of you!

Comment from: beverley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I fell in 1982 and was off work for six months when I broke my tail bone. It was the worse pain I've ever suffered -- even child birth does not compare. I could barely walk or lay flat without bending my legs. I was 18 years old and I've suffered for 29 years.

Comment from: Kicked in the butt, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I am about to scream every time I sit, get up or lay down. A week ago I fell backwards. I tried to stop myself by grabbing onto my fiance but instead pulled him down with me. So with him on top of me I landed straight on my tail bone then flew back and hit my head on the baseboard molding on the wall. After ambulance ride, a CT scan and X-rays I ended up with seven stitches in my head and more pain in my butt than my children give me. It's been a week and has only gotten worse. Ugh did I mention my wedding is in 7 days? I hope this misery goes away by then.

Comment from: Kitten903, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I slipped on concrete stairs covered in ice this past February and hit 4 subsequent stairs resulting in a massive football sized bruise on my bum and hip. Here it is 3 months later and I cannot sit through a movie with my boys nor can I comfortably sleep. I have searched the web for any type of relief and so far I have come to the understanding that I have a long painful road and must do my best to not continually injure it.

Comment from: michigander, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I've fallen twice in my life with the result of a cracked tailbone. The first time was when I was in my early twenties. The snow sled went one way and I the other - and I landed solidly on a small tree stump. The second was a week ago (I'm in my early fifties now) when I slipped on the carpet down the stairs. Both times, the pain was so bad it took my breath away and made me nauseous and faint. I walked and walked while I mentally assessed my injuries. Walking can be painful. Tightening my glutes is painful. Sitting down and standing up is painful. Riding on a bumpy road is painful. Unfortunately, it just takes a long time to heal... several months as I recall. Keep moving. Try anti-inflammatory medications. Be nice to your injured area and try to be more careful next time. Good luck with the healing!

Comment from: Female Published: April 05

I took a hard fall at roller derby last night, straight to the tailbone, had me breaking a sweat and rolling around in pain. Sleeping, standing, coughing, just about any and everything is discomforting. This is by far the worst injury I've ever had.

Comment from: NURSES, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I fell down the stairs hitting my tailbone. Well, it turns out the only thing you can do per the orthopedist is to ice the area, use a donut cushion and take 800 mg of ibuprofen. Even with all of these things, the pain can last three to six months or longer. Good luck to anyone with this pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I fell on ice several years ago and broke my tailbone - confirmed by x-rays. The initial pain was excruciating. It hurt to raise my arms to wash my hair; it hurt to bend over, climb stairs, sleep, sit, etc. The pain subsided over time, but it took months to heal. Since the injury, sit-ups or other floor exercises are very painful. Sitting for extended periods is also very uncomfortable.

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

I was reading everyone comments on tailbones and I also am suffering from a broken tailbone. I broke mine the first time when I was 15 and now again at 43 and I found what helps me is at night sleeping on my belly and a doughnut to sit on in the day time. On a good days I take 800 ibuprofen 3 times a day. I do want to say I'd rather be a pain in the butt than have this pain in the butt.

Comment from: Jenn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I fell on my bum while blading and hit my tailbone. The X-ray didn't show any fracture but the pain is killing me! Sitting down, standing up, lying down is painful!!!!! I thought, after one week, the pain still persists and could it be more serious than it is! Seeing all the postings here gave me some mental expectation of how long the healing might be and it's a relief that it's normal. But I sure hope the pain goes away fast!

Comment from: Allie, Published: February 22

A week and a day ago, I fell on my tailbone. I was dancing on my dining room floor with my friends and I did a jump and fell straight down on my tailbone. It was hard to get up but after about two minutes, my friends pulled me up. They helped me into the kitchen and I was in a tremendous amount of pain. I was standing and all of a sudden I felt like I would faint. I couldn't really hear and everything started to go black so I sat down and then I was okay. I was still in excruciating pain and my leg and my tailbone both hurt. Since then, my leg stopped hurting but my tailbone hurts when I go to stand up or sit down. Especially when I run, it hurts. When I bend over or move my leg to try to put on shoes it hurts. Today, I was dancing but not a lot, and now it hurts even more.

Comment from: Dawn, Pennsylvania, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 18

My son just fractured his tailbone and is suffering horribly. Our doctor recommended pain meds and muscle relaxants which help very little. I have been asking some coworkers and friends who have had this and all say the same thing---the pain gets better but NEVER goes away completely. Some as long as 30 years. I work in a hospital and some of these were nurses. God help you all...my heart goes out to all of you, especially Anne from D.C.

Comment from: firearcher78, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I fell two days ago when my shoes became packed with snow and I stepped on the vinyl flooring in the doorway. My entryway quickly became an ice rink and down I went! I landed right on my tailbone and hit my arm on the doorjamb. The next day I was walking around my car in the parking lot and didn't see the patch of ice behind my car and down I went again! My tailbone hurt after the first fall but after hitting it a second time, I could barely walk. The car is torture. I feel every little bump. I have to slide off of the couch. I can't find a comfy position at night in bed. I haven't gone to the doctor and am taking 600mg of ibuprofen to reduce any inflammation. According to my mother, there is not much they can do for the tail bone and I have a long road to recovery. Hot baths with Epsom salts work the best. Best of luck to anyone else suffering. Your friend in misery.

Comment from: Ellen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I fell off a bicycle nearly 3 yrs ago and was told by doctors that there was nothing I could do. To this day I have bad pain in the tailbone when sitting, such as at a desk, on the sofa or at the movies. This injury has changed my life as I have trouble sitting upright for any length of time. I can get no medical advice or prognosis on my condition so I guess I have to put up with it for life!

Comment from: babygotback, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

72 hours ago I took a bad fall down a flight of indoor carpeted stairs (about 23 of them). I must have hit my tailbone 4 times before tumbling over spraining my arm, my ankle and finally...at the bottom getting a huge gash on the top of my head...this was bad. I toughed it out for 24 hrs then finally went to the ER because the headache was so intense and I was afraid of infection and the bruise to my tailbone was so bad and sore. Turns out after CT scan to my head and X-ray to my tailbone, all is ok (and I'm lucky) but I want to die from this tailbone injury. Honestly I've had two kids. I'm a tough cookie. Getting in and out of the car is pure misery. I would gladly take the head injury any day over this pain and they gave me 600mg of ibuprofen, which is more like Pez. I want to keep crying. This is brutal.

Comment from: Zero1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I fell on ice yesterday, and landed on my tailbone extremely hard. My coccyx area has throbbed non-stop now for two days, and it is almost impossible to find a comfortable position to stand/lay/sit. Sitting down or getting up is pure misery, and trying to find a position to lie is torture. I'm usually not a wimp, and have a high pain tolerance, but this has literally kicked my tail (no pun intended). If this takes as long to heal as people are saying, then just shoot me and get it over with. I can't take aspirin or Aleve or ibuprofen, so I'm on my own there. Guess I'll give up and go to see my doctor tomorrow and see what they say I can do. Sure do hope they can do something, as this is much more painful than even any surgery I've had. Wow--who'd have thought that you can actually break you backside?

Comment from: lulu, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 24

Two years ago I fell in a store and broke my tailbone, I still feel it at times when I sit or turn a certain way. Last Saturday I fell and again broke my tailbone although not in the same place. The pain is horrible like last time and once again I am looking forward to the long recovery. This is a very painful injury and it changes your life in many ways. I work in the ER and know that I will be on my side or stomach with an ice pack attached to me for several weeks.

Comment from: JBM, 45-54 (Patient) Published: January 18

About 6 months ago I was in my living room and fell asleep on my couch. I fell asleep in an awkward position, with my rear end right on the edge of the couch, with my legs hanging over, and all my weight on more or less on my tailbone area. When I woke up in the morning, I had big pain in my tailbone area. Felt like someone hit me with a baseball bat. After a couple weeks the bad pain more or less cleared up, but I still have minor pain and have to be careful with I sit down. From reading all these other comments, it looks I may be in for a long, long full recovery period (if at all). Nothing can be done... but be careful so you don't aggravate your injury.

Comment from: KAT, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 10

I fractured my tailbone three years ago and I still experience pain. This injury has altered my life a lot.

Comment from: anne dc, 75 or over Female Published: January 06

Pain has been periodic for 60 years (fractured mine in a horseback fall when I was 15). Through peculiar (or non-) understanding of such injuries, I was required to get back on horse, and not allowed to stand to eat or get medical attention. Sitting was excruciating. Caused particular problems with childbirth, I now want to know if it could be related to reduced curvature in my spine (I'm told that norm is 36%, my MRI shows 13%), resulting in pain standing, sitting, inability to find comfortable seating or sleeping positions.

Comment from: Diane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I fell ten months ago while gardening. I landed on a big rock right on my tailbone area of my butt. I didn't think much of it until the pain seemed to be increasing as time passed. After experiencing extreme pain while sitting, I finally decided to go to my doctor. She sent me for an EX-Ray and when I went back to see her, she said everything was fine. I went home and after another couple of months, I returned to my doctor with the same complaint. She then sent me for a bone scan and that too appeared to be normal. It has been ten months now, and I am so tired of not being able to sit on anything but a straight chair comfortably. The pain is now hitting when I go to stand up. My doctor has never examined me, and makes me feel like this is all in my head, when I know it isn't, it is a big pain in the butt. I am allergic to any anti-inflammatory, due to a blood clotting condition.

Comment from: Grannieroofie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I fell 10 days ago flat on my Coccyx on hard wood flooring. I was trying to be real careful since I crushed my wrist in Nov. and in April I fell and fractured my arm, had surgery both times and a week after my last surgery, I had to have another one to have a metal plate inserted with 6 screws for more support. You better believe when I fell on my butt I held my arm up out of it touching anything! I can sit and it doesn't hurt, lay and it doesn't hurt but try getting up or down or walking and the pain is excruciating! I also have severe arthritis and Fibromyalgia, the doctor says because of those things it could take longer to heal I've had a lot of surgeries in my life and I don't bounce back like I used to now that I'm 67 years. old. I've had 5 back surgeries and right now I have 4 ruptured disc, I just can't get well enough it seems to go get my back taken care of. I feel sorry for anyone with a broken tail bone!!

Comment from: broken67, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I broke my tailbone in a snowboarding accident Jan28th 2011. I still can only sit for 3 hours a day and cannot do any sort of activity. I have missed a month of school and can still only go to two classes a day. I am very frustrated! I heard it takes about 9 months to heal, but 2 and a half months later I am still in a lot of pain.

Comment from: MN Gadget Girl, 35-44 (Patient) Published: March 14

I fell VERY hard, while skiing, 9 days ago. Of course the first thing to hit the snow was my tailbone, nothing broke the fall. It knocked the wind out of me. I have suffered in excruciating silence for 9 days, thinking there was nothing anyone could do for me. Then today, I called my chiropractor. He indicated the healing time could be longer or impaired all together, if there was a fracture or dislocation of the coccyx. I immediately went in, and he said I adjusted very easily. The adjustment was not painful and I although I still have some pain, it is not as excruciating as before, and I am sitting more comfortably today. My advice to everyone, see a chiropractor, who knows what he is doing. I will re-post to tell you when I am completely healed. Thank you for this information.

Comment from: lozzaa, 13-18 Female Published: March 09

I slipped about 4/5 years ago and still suffer nowhere near as much as I was but if I sit for a long period of time or lay in a funny position I still get the pain I had all those years ago. I've had physiotherapy but said there was nothing they could do it will just self heal, over a long period of time.

Comment from: plowgirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I had my tailbone injury when I fell in driveway a while ago. The pain lasted for many long weeks. Could not sit stand or get up. Now took x-rays and tailbone is off to one side. My doctor talked about having it removed.

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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