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Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia)

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Comment from: Michael JE, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

I have been suffering from tailbone pain for 20 years. It went away for about eight years and now it is back again. I received two cortisone shots with no help to speak of, and now I had three prolotherapy injections to no avail so far. I had an x-ray that showed nothing and I'm considering MRI next. This is really getting to be a pain in the backside!

Comment from: Shar, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

Four days ago I fell down wooden stairs landing on my tailbone. The pain was extreme and immediate. I started blacking out but somehow managed to drag myself up the stairs and into the recovery position. My phone was nearby, but I had trouble ringing the emergency services as I kept blacking out. When I did, I just lay there till they came. They tried to get me to sit up which was impossible and took me to hospital where x-rays showed a badly broken coccyx. Strong painkillers were administered and I was told it would take two months to recover from it. Because I live alone they kept me in overnight. Friends and neighbors have been wonderful, bringing food, walking the dog, and vacuuming. I feel very lucky that the fracture wasn't centimeters higher up which could have meant loss of the use of my legs.

Comment from: Sarah Jean, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I am so sad to hear everyone's stories and not a mention of something working. I have had a sore tailbone for 4 years, I have seen chiropractor, tried acupuncture and massage, but nothing seems to help permanently. Tonight I am at my wits' end, is there nothing to relieve this pain! Or at least the cause of it. I never fell when it started. However, I did have a job where I sat for close to 10 hours a day and in my younger years was a figure skater and snowboarder where I had many falls on my tailbone, at 39 I am worried if this is my future, constant pain.

Comment from: Ouch, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

It has now been over two years since I had fallen, fracturing my sacrum and severely injuring my coccyx after stepping on a box roller lane in the manufacturing plant where I had worked, going airborne and landing on the two inch raised metal guide rails that kept the filled boxes from falling off the side. When I went airborne had tucked my head and chin forward to avoid hitting my head on the very hard and sharp edged machinery behind me and too close for comfort, and in doing so my pelvis was unprotected and exposed. Upon my hard landing and even so, I was unconscious for what I think a short time, and when I came to my sacral region hurt me unforgivingly and overwhelmingly so. A colleague helped me up but it hurt much too much to stand. It to this day hurts about 70 percent of the way it felt immediately after my fall and I cannot sit for more than a few minutes at a time and walking still causes me to stop moving after about 20 minutes or so. The odd thing however about this whole affair is that if my feet become cold it has the effect of my coccyx pain skyrocketing. I cannot tolerate the least bit lest it sets up an intense circle of pain that travels from my feet, through my coccyx, and although it doesn't hurt my head, it severely disrupts my thought process due to the pain. Urinating can be painful and sometimes my testicles feel as if being squeezed, an awful and unbearable feeling. Orgasm too hurts, so I have run through a bunch of the anti-depressants which either did not work or caused me scary hallucinations, and the only thing that has helped stave off the sharpness of the pain has been opiates, methadone being the one with least side effects and the best results of helping calm the pain. I have been to a very fine pain clinic where they can find no palatable organic reason why it still hurts so, as well as other specialists who are baffled by my issues, especially after this over two years period. I am hoping that this harsh episode in my life will finally be ended and that my pain will diminish and fade into the past, as well as for all the rest of you who have written here about your personal stories of coccydynia.

Comment from: Bunny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I have had tailbone pain for almost 5 years. I am not sure what caused it; I do remember falling heavily whilst climbing over a small fence and sort of jarring my back (I fell very heavily onto one leg but remained upright). The pain actually began shortly afterwards whilst I was travelling by car; it just got worse and worse and it has never gone. I cannot sit at all on soft seats now; no, the pain is too much! I can sit briefly on hard wooden seats if I lean forward to take all weight off my coccyx. I can't sit like that for long! (I don't go far!) When I have had to sit (very briefly) then I have coccyx pain, pelvic pain, internal pain, severe horrible pain which means I can't bear to move. I just have to lay down with hot water bottles for my pelvic pain, and ice on my coccyx. I have had different medicines (not very helpful), physiotherapy (made it worse), and acupuncture (helped a little). For almost 5 years I have avoided sitting at all times. I crouch down, I lay down (on my side) and I keep moving. If I haven't sat, then I can walk without pain. Travelling is a nightmare. I sit on a car tire inner tube (my coccyx hovers over the hole of the tire) but can only manage 40 minute journey time, absolute maximum! It's been life-changing; I hardly go anywhere, I hope it will heal one day! Good luck to everyone with this injury, wishing us all one day full recoveries and pain-free sitting!

Comment from: PR, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I noticed lower back pain a few days after falling on my back on the edge of a moving truck while loading a heavy table. My back itself is fine, it just hurts at the bottom tip (tailbone) when I sit down or lay flat at night; and now a lot more painful for the last couple of nights during sleeping. It has been a week since the injury and the pain is growing. Ibuprofen based medicines and icing have provided a bit of relief, but at night, man, it hurts. It's like sudden unforeseen spasms regardless of position. Thanks to all who have shared their info. Has put a bit of a mental ease in knowing what I am dealing with.

Comment from: Sal, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I fell out of bed and landed on my tailbone. X-rays confirmed it was broken. I was told to use ice for about 3 days and take pain meds. Other than that, it's just a matter of time. As far as getting back to bowling and golf I was told I couldn't do any more damage so I was just limited by the amount of pain I could tolerate.

Comment from: marry, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I slid on a wet slimy paper near the shower of the pool area. I flew in the air and landed on my back, left side and hit my head. My coccyx is cracked, the pain excruciating and the Dr. says it will take about a month to heal. Walking is recommended. Do not lift anything over ten pounds. At this age who knows how long before I will feel better.

Comment from: pokerdan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I fell on my butt playing ice hockey. I have fallen thousands of times before without any discomfort. Tonight when I hit the ice I felt the worse pain I have ever felt. It felt like a jolt of electricity flew through my back, and I almost passed out. I felt like I was going to vomit, and now I am in bed suffering from chills and flu like symptoms because of the pain. I cannot lean forward in bed. I feel fine lying on my back and have put tons of tiger balm on my lower back. Maybe I damaged my back and not my tailbone? But, I have a hard time pushing when going pee etc. It hurts too badly! I will let it heal on its own I guess.

Comment from: ADar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

The other day I was sitting in a chair at home when I started sneezing. All of a sudden, there was a pop in my tailbone area, and I started to experience severe pain. I can't imagine what the connection is, and haven't found anything like this online. I suffer from MS as well, but I honestly don't think that is the cause. The "pop" and the pain began immediately when I sneezed. It's now day 4 and I can't find any relief.

Comment from: preggers, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I fractured my tailbone when I feel down the stairs at work. The problem is I'm 17 weeks pregnant so I was told that I may need to have a Caesarean section. This happened about 7 days ago and I'm still in heaps of pain.

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

Nothing. I was told it would be painful, but nothing else.

Comment from: LindaW, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I fell off a horse a week ago and had an x-ray. Nothing is broken but I am having horrible pain in the tailbone area. Sitting is painful no matter the position. I have been taking NSAIDS with very little relief. I read where someone suggested a U-shaped pillow, I am going to get one and try it.

Comment from: skaterGirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I fell on my tailbone while roller skating in the park. Decided I didn't want to go down the hill and while turning away, my right foot hit the dirt and stopped and the left foot kept going causing me to go straight down onto my tailbone on the asphalt. Fortunately, I had padded derby shorts on which helped somewhat. It knocked the wind out of me for a few seconds. Continued to skate a little afterwards but spent the next week in bed on ibuprofen. It took about a month for the pain to subside. Riding in a car was no fun for any length of time and getting in and out was worse. Five months later, it is annoying but not necessarily painful to sit in certain chairs. I found that leaning forward helps. Leaning on the chair arms helps in getting up. Still awkward getting up while gardening. Still have not skated again but when I do, it will be with a tailbone protector.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I fell on my butt 6 days ago. I felt all the excruciating pain like everyone else felt. Went for X-ray and found that I have fractured one bone on my coccyx or tailbone. I was not given any pain relievers. I drink some cranberry juice 2 or 3 times a day to prevent inflammation. It felt better within 30 minutes after I drank the juice. I was told to avoid squatting down as much as possible.

Comment from: GV, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I was a perfectly healthy female until I started experiencing pain in my tailbone over a year ago. I have had x-rays and an MRI which show no tumors or fracture, only inflammation. The pain when sitting is excruciating. I had steroid injections that just made it worse. Now I am on pain management, taking Tramadol every day. I carry and use a donut cushion everywhere. However, every time I ride in a car, plane or train, or even sit in a restaurant to have dinner with friends or family, I suffer horrendous pain. The pain pills don't eliminate my pain; they only make it tolerable most of the time. Sitting longer than a few minutes is torture. I've been to several doctors who believe it was from sitting on my job for over 30 years, and they have no idea if this pain will ever go away. With so many people suffering, I am hoping there is a hospital that specializes in curing this condition.

Comment from: Lily, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

This is Lily. I told you about breaking my tailbone when a child, then it getting pushed out and re-broken when I had my first child. Well, I went somewhere the other day and was in a crouched position taking a picture when I lost my balance and landed on it again. I heard an audible pop and felt it move. I was afraid what was going to happen when I stood. I hit it at a position where it popped it back in and it no longer pushes out against my clothes or can be felt through my clothes. I'm in mild/moderate pain depending on what position I'm in, but not nearly the pain I had the first two times I broke it. I wonder if I fixed it.

Comment from: laurapike62, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I have had tailbone pain from an unknown reason for more than 3 years without any lower back pain. Nothing works. I have tried every donut I think they make. Being on a donut brings on hip pain, so I truly feel my pain is S1 related. I can't even make 2 miles in the car and the pain is intense. Gabapentin does work a little bit but makes me downright goofy. I did the steroid injection and it only tripled my pain. I have a truly wonderful orthopedic doctor who I will never stray from. II will be having my tailbone removed 5/23/2012 as both my primary and orthopedic say there is no purpose for the tailbone and you can live without it. Yea, I am more than ready to get my life back.

Comment from: alam, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I AM HAVING TAILBONE PAIN FOR THE LAST ONE & HALF YEAR, ESPECIALLY WHILE SITTING FOR A LONGER PERIOD.IS STEROID INJECTION ADVISABLE FOR TAILBONE PAIN? I AM TOLD THERE IS ANOTHER INJECTION CALLED OZONE INJECTION.IS THIS THE PERMANENT SOLUTION?

Comment from: Peaches, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I fell backwards about 7 or 8 days ago and apparently injured my coccyx. Immediately I did not feel the pain, but maybe it was several hours later. I am experiencing sleep loss at night because it tends to be painful while lying on my back and when I turn over in bed. Also when rising from a chair I feel stiffness and pain in that area. I will try the ice and heat remedy.

Comment from: Kate, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I injured my coccyx about 20 years ago after falling over a rolled up carpet. I had pins and needles in my legs for a few minutes but I did nothing about it over the years I have suffered with a bad back and last year got to the stage where I could not sit or stand I was in terrible pain. This year I had a rectal manipulation under general anesthetic. I feel fantastic! I still get back pain, but nothing like before. Don't worry, it's not embarrassing!

Comment from: brian, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

I damaged my coccyx windsurfing 20 years ago and I still haven't recovered properly I can't sit for more than 20 minutes without a constant pain. This is made worse on air plane flights.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I fell down hard in my apartment and hurt my tailbone. I broke it in two places. Doctors have given me two injections: steroids and cortisone.

Comment from: tammycrisel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I fell on wooden steps about 2 weeks ago. The ER and other doctors I called said they couldn't tell me what exam they would do (depending on which doctor I get) or how long it would take to heal (depending on extent of injury). Most likely there will first be a rectal exam. I don't know about the rest of you but it makes no sense to push on possible broken bones before taking x-ray. They claim they want to feel for dislocations or breaks and to see if it hurts applying pressure. I can tell them it hurts and there is already pressure.

Comment from: 35-44 Male Published: February 21

I still have significant pain after 8 months. I stumbled backwards and sat on a cooler. There was no pain at the time, the next morning or after a three-hour car ride. The next day I started feeling pain after sitting in a chair at work for five hours. I have a cushion for tailbone injuries helps when sitting and in the car but it will not heal and the pain is significant.

Comment from: Sloos, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I was diagnosed by a gastroenterologist as having a bruised tailbone. The only way I think this might have happened is when riding an elephant in Thailand while sitting on a wooden board , there was a lot of bouncing around. It has been about nine months since this occurred and sitting is still painful, is it possible to receive this injury in that manner? I am quite thin, with not much padding.

Comment from: Raven1031, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I was being treated for whiplash by an osteopath who got too aggressive and first caused muscle strain in my upper back. I am told that my tailbone will take months to heal. When I get up from a chair, I have to hold my backside. This is so discouraging to be treated for whiplash and be injured by the osteopath in the course of it all. I feel 200 times worse than I did after the accident. It makes no sense to me and I cannot go back to him. If I did, he would probably cause me to be paralyzed. As it is, I am afraid I will be hindered by this for months or years or the rest of my life. When I found this site/forum, I could not believe how everyone's symptoms are the same. And, I too - cannot sit on anything with an even surface. If I sit in my desk chair, I have to sit way back where it is more flat. I did find a flat gel cushion to sit on that seems to help a bit, but this is sheer hell. It seems impossible to deal with a neck, upper back and now lower back/tailbone issue at the same time. I wish all of you the best in the healing process.

Comment from: Liz , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I injured my tail bone when I was just a child and again about twenty years ago. For some reason three years ago I started getting excruciating pain again having no knowledge of any injury to it. After many failed attempts with drugs as pain relief I was referred to have cortisone injections they did help a little, but it then felt like I was sat on a ball. Twice I endured the pain of having the injections but refused the third I could not stand having any more it felt to me like torture. About four months ago the pain just went as quick as it came.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I climbed over the side of my cot and landed on my face fracturing my nose and bending my head all the way back. I then tumbled down two brick steps. Over the years the join above the break has fused. I was not taken to the Doctor, no medical treatment was received. When I was 49 years old and after many Doctors giving me medication for migraines and telling me to have my coccyx amputated, I finally decided to have the surgery. After the surgery the Surgeon said "it could be three years before you are pain free". The surgery failed to do what many GP's said it would do, I am in permanent pain and cannot sit for long, cannot lay on my back and now have pain in both my legs. I am currently taking anti-inflammatory tablets which only help a little and I walk using crutches.

Comment from: AD, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

A month ago I was hit by a car as a pedestrian. I flew 30ft at a height of 12m (all captured and measured on camera) and landed in a sitting position. I have a hypermobile segment of the coccyx which causes pain in sitting and lying on my back. Luckily walking is fine. I find a wobble stool enables almost pain free sitting. Prognosis is several years for it to heal if it does. I have tried acupuncture, electro acupuncture, steroid injections. Nothing has worked yet. I take pain killers and avoid sitting on inappropriate chairs.

Comment from: midweststudent, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

My tailbone started hurting a little over a week ago, and I can't remember any traumatic injury like falling. I was having tailbone pain earlier last month but it was nothing like what I feel now, and it went away shortly afterwards. It is nearly constant pain! I almost fainted twice due to pain. I have been taking Ibuprofen (NSAID) but it doesn't seem to have any affect. Icing and heat seem to work a little but not enough for me to sleep a full night! I am at home for a few days but due to Holiday, and the clinic is closed. I'll be going on Monday. Truly hoping they can do something to help.

Comment from: Narny8, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

When I was about 11 I was riding around on my new roller skates. My friend dared me to go down the hill pathway. I did, only problem was I lost balance and feel straight on my tail bone. I still remember how horrible the pain was, I screamed on impact. My friend then had to hold me up on the way home and I stayed in bed for two days. The constant pain went away over time. But now, 7 years later, I still have trouble sitting for too long without the pain coming back and giving me discomfort. I had an X-ray done a couple of years ago and the doctor said my coccyx is bent and I may need an operation at 18. I'm worried about that kind of surgery and I don't think I will be able to get into the police force with medical history like that either.

Comment from: billandjoan, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 12

My tailbone was injured six days ago and is getting much better. I know several times a day, this remedy is enough to ease the pain: alternate heat and ice for 20 minutes each, four times per day.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I fell backwards down jagged cement steps. I was bleeding badly from various cuts and bruises however, my tail bone is giving me the most grief. I had an X-ray taken while lying on each side. Apparently, I am badly bruised, but nothing appears to be broken. However, I cannot sleep on my back, and the pain is severe when I climb one or more steps. It also hurts when I rise from a chair or ride in a car. I fell 2 weeks ago, and the pain is worse rather than less severe.

Comment from: kmrau1963, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

My husband and I were fishing on our pontoon boat with our friends in their boat next to us. I went to the rear of the boat to push us apart so we would not bang into each other. Upon getting back into the main area, a short wave hit the side of our boat and I lost my balance and fell right on my tail bone. I just laid there, and didn't move for about 5 minutes. I just asked my husband to leave me alone, give me a minute to catch my breath. I eventually pulled myself up to the chair - but rested on one side. It has been 2 weeks and I don't feel any better yet. I sit at a desk working most of the day, and the worst part is - I am a runner. I was training for an 8 mile race which was 2 months away. I am fearful I will not be running this year in my favorite race. I can't climb stairs without grabbing the railing to pull me up - and it is very painful. I have not gone in to see a doctor - but I am so frustrated with not being able to go for a long walk, let alone run. My son just told me it could be several weeks if not a couple months before this will heal. I look forward to this 8 mile race every year - but I know this year I will have to watch from the side line. I am smart enough to know if your body is injured take the time to let it heal - as frustrating as it is, I know its the best thing to do.

Comment from: Julia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I'm a 48-year old healthy female. I've had pain in my coccyx for 6 years. No known specific trauma, though I did fall once when rollerblading. I'm surprised when reading all the comments, that no one expresses what is my greatest pain: I don't have any pain so much when sitting, but complete agony when trying to GET UP from a seated position. The pressure is incredible. I find when I sit on any chair, near to the edge with my weight on my upper thighs, the pressure is removed from my coccyx, and I can get up. From all I've read, there isn't much to be done, but sit carefully, and not for too long at a time. and take NSAIDS when it gets unbearable.

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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