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Comment from: lisa, 25-34 Female (Patient) 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.

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: 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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