Viewer Comments: Tailbone Pain - Recovery Time

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia):

Tailbone Pain - Recovery Time

What was the recovery time for your tailbone pain?

Anonymously share your comment to help others.Patient Discussions FAQs

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.


Must Read Articles Related to Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury

Bicycle Safety
Bicycle Safety Bicycling is a common means of transportation as well as an increasingly popular source of recreation, exercise, and sport. With more than 100 million bicycle o...learn more >>
CT Scan (CAT Scan, Computerized Axial Tomography)
CT Scan Computerized tomography scans (CT scans) are an important diagnostic tool for a variety of medical conditions. The process uses X-rays and a computer to produce...learn more >>
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a scanner that takes cross-sectional images of the body. It is used to evaluate tissues of the head, neck, chest, limbs, abd...learn more >>

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Pill Finder Tool

Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill identifier tool on RxList.

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia):

Tailbone Pain - Cause

What caused your tailbone pain?

Tailbone Pain - Describe Your Injury

Please describe your tailbone injury.

Tailbone Pain - Treatment

What was the treatment for your tailbone pain?

Viewer Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on eMedicineHealth. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. eMedicineHealth does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Medical Dictionary