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Comment from: preggers, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I fractured my tailbone when I feel down the stairs at work. The problem is I'm 17 weeks pregnant so I was told that I may need to have a Caesarean section. This happened about 7 days ago and I'm still in heaps of pain.

Comment from: Lucky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

Nothing. I was told it would be painful, but nothing else.

Comment from: LindaW, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I fell off a horse a week ago and had an x-ray. Nothing is broken but I am having horrible pain in the tailbone area. Sitting is painful no matter the position. I have been taking NSAIDS with very little relief. I read where someone suggested a U-shaped pillow, I am going to get one and try it.

Comment from: skaterGirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I fell on my tailbone while roller skating in the park. Decided I didn't want to go down the hill and while turning away, my right foot hit the dirt and stopped and the left foot kept going causing me to go straight down onto my tailbone on the asphalt. Fortunately, I had padded derby shorts on which helped somewhat. It knocked the wind out of me for a few seconds. Continued to skate a little afterwards but spent the next week in bed on ibuprofen. It took about a month for the pain to subside. Riding in a car was no fun for any length of time and getting in and out was worse. Five months later, it is annoying but not necessarily painful to sit in certain chairs. I found that leaning forward helps. Leaning on the chair arms helps in getting up. Still awkward getting up while gardening. Still have not skated again but when I do, it will be with a tailbone protector.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I fell on my butt 6 days ago. I felt all the excruciating pain like everyone else felt. Went for X-ray and found that I have fractured one bone on my coccyx or tailbone. I was not given any pain relievers. I drink some cranberry juice 2 or 3 times a day to prevent inflammation. It felt better within 30 minutes after I drank the juice. I was told to avoid squatting down as much as possible.

Comment from: GV, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I was a perfectly healthy female until I started experiencing pain in my tailbone over a year ago. I have had x-rays and an MRI which show no tumors or fracture, only inflammation. The pain when sitting is excruciating. I had steroid injections that just made it worse. Now I am on pain management, taking Tramadol every day. I carry and use a donut cushion everywhere. However, every time I ride in a car, plane or train, or even sit in a restaurant to have dinner with friends or family, I suffer horrendous pain. The pain pills don't eliminate my pain; they only make it tolerable most of the time. Sitting longer than a few minutes is torture. I've been to several doctors who believe it was from sitting on my job for over 30 years, and they have no idea if this pain will ever go away. With so many people suffering, I am hoping there is a hospital that specializes in curing this condition.

Comment from: Lily, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

This is Lily. I told you about breaking my tailbone when a child, then it getting pushed out and re-broken when I had my first child. Well, I went somewhere the other day and was in a crouched position taking a picture when I lost my balance and landed on it again. I heard an audible pop and felt it move. I was afraid what was going to happen when I stood. I hit it at a position where it popped it back in and it no longer pushes out against my clothes or can be felt through my clothes. I'm in mild/moderate pain depending on what position I'm in, but not nearly the pain I had the first two times I broke it. I wonder if I fixed it.

Comment from: laurapike62, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I have had tailbone pain from an unknown reason for more than 3 years without any lower back pain. Nothing works. I have tried every donut I think they make. Being on a donut brings on hip pain, so I truly feel my pain is S1 related. I can't even make 2 miles in the car and the pain is intense. Gabapentin does work a little bit but makes me downright goofy. I did the steroid injection and it only tripled my pain. I have a truly wonderful orthopedic doctor who I will never stray from. II will be having my tailbone removed 5/23/2012 as both my primary and orthopedic say there is no purpose for the tailbone and you can live without it. Yea, I am more than ready to get my life back.

Comment from: alam, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 16



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