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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.

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!

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