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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: 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.


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