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Comment from: Sal, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I fell out of bed and landed on my tailbone. X-rays confirmed it was broken. I was told to use ice for about 3 days and take pain meds. Other than that, it's just a matter of time. As far as getting back to bowling and golf I was told I couldn't do any more damage so I was just limited by the amount of pain I could tolerate.

Comment from: marry, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I slid on a wet slimy paper near the shower of the pool area. I flew in the air and landed on my back, left side and hit my head. My coccyx is cracked, the pain excruciating and the Dr. says it will take about a month to heal. Walking is recommended. Do not lift anything over ten pounds. At this age who knows how long before I will feel better.

Comment from: pokerdan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I fell on my butt playing ice hockey. I have fallen thousands of times before without any discomfort. Tonight when I hit the ice I felt the worse pain I have ever felt. It felt like a jolt of electricity flew through my back, and I almost passed out. I felt like I was going to vomit, and now I am in bed suffering from chills and flu like symptoms because of the pain. I cannot lean forward in bed. I feel fine lying on my back and have put tons of tiger balm on my lower back. Maybe I damaged my back and not my tailbone? But, I have a hard time pushing when going pee etc. It hurts too badly! I will let it heal on its own I guess.

Comment from: ADar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

The other day I was sitting in a chair at home when I started sneezing. All of a sudden, there was a pop in my tailbone area, and I started to experience severe pain. I can't imagine what the connection is, and haven't found anything like this online. I suffer from MS as well, but I honestly don't think that is the cause. The "pop" and the pain began immediately when I sneezed. It's now day 4 and I can't find any relief.

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.

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