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Comment from: Narny8, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

When I was about 11 I was riding around on my new roller skates. My friend dared me to go down the hill pathway. I did, only problem was I lost balance and feel straight on my tail bone. I still remember how horrible the pain was, I screamed on impact. My friend then had to hold me up on the way home and I stayed in bed for two days. The constant pain went away over time. But now, 7 years later, I still have trouble sitting for too long without the pain coming back and giving me discomfort. I had an X-ray done a couple of years ago and the doctor said my coccyx is bent and I may need an operation at 18. I'm worried about that kind of surgery and I don't think I will be able to get into the police force with medical history like that either.

Comment from: billandjoan, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 12

My tailbone was injured six days ago and is getting much better. I know several times a day, this remedy is enough to ease the pain: alternate heat and ice for 20 minutes each, four times per day.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I fell backwards down jagged cement steps. I was bleeding badly from various cuts and bruises however, my tail bone is giving me the most grief. I had an X-ray taken while lying on each side. Apparently, I am badly bruised, but nothing appears to be broken. However, I cannot sleep on my back, and the pain is severe when I climb one or more steps. It also hurts when I rise from a chair or ride in a car. I fell 2 weeks ago, and the pain is worse rather than less severe.

Comment from: kmrau1963, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

My husband and I were fishing on our pontoon boat with our friends in their boat next to us. I went to the rear of the boat to push us apart so we would not bang into each other. Upon getting back into the main area, a short wave hit the side of our boat and I lost my balance and fell right on my tail bone. I just laid there, and didn't move for about 5 minutes. I just asked my husband to leave me alone, give me a minute to catch my breath. I eventually pulled myself up to the chair - but rested on one side. It has been 2 weeks and I don't feel any better yet. I sit at a desk working most of the day, and the worst part is - I am a runner. I was training for an 8 mile race which was 2 months away. I am fearful I will not be running this year in my favorite race. I can't climb stairs without grabbing the railing to pull me up - and it is very painful. I have not gone in to see a doctor - but I am so frustrated with not being able to go for a long walk, let alone run. My son just told me it could be several weeks if not a couple months before this will heal. I look forward to this 8 mile race every year - but I know this year I will have to watch from the side line. I am smart enough to know if your body is injured take the time to let it heal - as frustrating as it is, I know its the best thing to do.

Comment from: Julia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I'm a 48-year old healthy female. I've had pain in my coccyx for 6 years. No known specific trauma, though I did fall once when rollerblading. I'm surprised when reading all the comments, that no one expresses what is my greatest pain: I don't have any pain so much when sitting, but complete agony when trying to GET UP from a seated position. The pressure is incredible. I find when I sit on any chair, near to the edge with my weight on my upper thighs, the pressure is removed from my coccyx, and I can get up. From all I've read, there isn't much to be done, but sit carefully, and not for too long at a time. and take NSAIDS when it gets unbearable.

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