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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.


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