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Comment from: tammycrisel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I fell on wooden steps about 2 weeks ago. The ER and other doctors I called said they couldn't tell me what exam they would do (depending on which doctor I get) or how long it would take to heal (depending on extent of injury). Most likely there will first be a rectal exam. I don't know about the rest of you but it makes no sense to push on possible broken bones before taking x-ray. They claim they want to feel for dislocations or breaks and to see if it hurts applying pressure. I can tell them it hurts and there is already pressure.

Comment from: 35-44 Male Published: February 21

I still have significant pain after 8 months. I stumbled backwards and sat on a cooler. There was no pain at the time, the next morning or after a three-hour car ride. The next day I started feeling pain after sitting in a chair at work for five hours. I have a cushion for tailbone injuries helps when sitting and in the car but it will not heal and the pain is significant.

Comment from: Sloos, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I was diagnosed by a gastroenterologist as having a bruised tailbone. The only way I think this might have happened is when riding an elephant in Thailand while sitting on a wooden board , there was a lot of bouncing around. It has been about nine months since this occurred and sitting is still painful, is it possible to receive this injury in that manner? I am quite thin, with not much padding.

Comment from: Raven1031, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I was being treated for whiplash by an osteopath who got too aggressive and first caused muscle strain in my upper back. I am told that my tailbone will take months to heal. When I get up from a chair, I have to hold my backside. This is so discouraging to be treated for whiplash and be injured by the osteopath in the course of it all. I feel 200 times worse than I did after the accident. It makes no sense to me and I cannot go back to him. If I did, he would probably cause me to be paralyzed. As it is, I am afraid I will be hindered by this for months or years or the rest of my life. When I found this site/forum, I could not believe how everyone's symptoms are the same. And, I too - cannot sit on anything with an even surface. If I sit in my desk chair, I have to sit way back where it is more flat. I did find a flat gel cushion to sit on that seems to help a bit, but this is sheer hell. It seems impossible to deal with a neck, upper back and now lower back/tailbone issue at the same time. I wish all of you the best in the healing process.

Comment from: Liz , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I injured my tail bone when I was just a child and again about twenty years ago. For some reason three years ago I started getting excruciating pain again having no knowledge of any injury to it. After many failed attempts with drugs as pain relief I was referred to have cortisone injections they did help a little, but it then felt like I was sat on a ball. Twice I endured the pain of having the injections but refused the third I could not stand having any more it felt to me like torture. About four months ago the pain just went as quick as it came.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I climbed over the side of my cot and landed on my face fracturing my nose and bending my head all the way back. I then tumbled down two brick steps. Over the years the join above the break has fused. I was not taken to the Doctor, no medical treatment was received. When I was 49 years old and after many Doctors giving me medication for migraines and telling me to have my coccyx amputated, I finally decided to have the surgery. After the surgery the Surgeon said "it could be three years before you are pain free". The surgery failed to do what many GP's said it would do, I am in permanent pain and cannot sit for long, cannot lay on my back and now have pain in both my legs. I am currently taking anti-inflammatory tablets which only help a little and I walk using crutches.

Comment from: AD, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

A month ago I was hit by a car as a pedestrian. I flew 30ft at a height of 12m (all captured and measured on camera) and landed in a sitting position. I have a hypermobile segment of the coccyx which causes pain in sitting and lying on my back. Luckily walking is fine. I find a wobble stool enables almost pain free sitting. Prognosis is several years for it to heal if it does. I have tried acupuncture, electro acupuncture, steroid injections. Nothing has worked yet. I take pain killers and avoid sitting on inappropriate chairs.

Comment from: midweststudent, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

My tailbone started hurting a little over a week ago, and I can't remember any traumatic injury like falling. I was having tailbone pain earlier last month but it was nothing like what I feel now, and it went away shortly afterwards. It is nearly constant pain! I almost fainted twice due to pain. I have been taking Ibuprofen (NSAID) but it doesn't seem to have any affect. Icing and heat seem to work a little but not enough for me to sleep a full night! I am at home for a few days but due to Holiday, and the clinic is closed. I'll be going on Monday. Truly hoping they can do something to help.

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