Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury - Recovery Times

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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..

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..