Patient Comments: Coccydynia - Treatments

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Comment from: viptor, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had tailbone pain that came on gradually. Anti-inflammatories only masked the pain temporarily. After 7 months, I tried osteopathy and myofascial stretching which has eliminated the coccydynia. Sometimes it creeps back but I do a specific stretch (lying on the floor, legs against a wall) that helps get rid of the pain. It helps even out my alignment and slight hip rotation. I'm pain free.

Comment from: LY, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I hurt my tailbone falling while ice skating as a kid. Five years or so later I had pain issues. The coccydynia got worse progressively until I couldn't sit or lie comfortably anymore. It turned out I had a minor infection between the tiny bones that was there for some years. One round of erythromycin cleared it up instantly. The doctor discovered the infection with a thermometer as it was hotter around my tailbone.

Comment from: JMS79, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I was about 9 or 10 years old when I broke my tailbone playing a game called ‘Wipeout’ at the roller skating rink. I was unable to lay on 1 side without numbness and tingling. It subsided and didn't bother me for almost 20 years until I lost a great deal of weight and was sitting on a picnic table top. I've suffered pain from coccydynia now for almost 8 years. Four years ago I started having the 'buzzing' and have lost a great deal of feeling down there. Pain is worse during period, and at times I can feel crunching.

Comment from: funhun94, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I have scoliosis and have had 3 fusions including T9-S1 with 2 rods, 2 cages, 8 screws and 2 anchors. I have coccydynia due to all the pressure from above. If I were to remove the coccyx I wonder if that would cure my pain issues or if the pain would just move to another area. I have also started to degenerate in my hips as well as my back. I would love to sit again! I miss driving and my independence!

Comment from: Kathyr6179, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I am a 57 year old female that has been suffering from severe pain just above the buttocks. I have numerous epidural injections with no relief from my coccydynia. I have had trigger point injections with no relief. I also had spine stimulator implanted then removed right away. I need some good advice, this has been going on now for almost 3 years!

Comment from: Moochie , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I had back surgery in 2011, about 4 months later my tailbone began burning, and it has never gone away. I have gone through every treatment for coccydynia, you name it I’ve had it. I’m also suffering with neuropathy pain and lower back pain, with tailbone burning. Night time my neuropathy pain increases, feet burning. My plan for curing myself is death; I’m praying for it.

Comment from: Lynn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

At the present I am seeing a chiropractor once a week to relieve my pain from coccydynia. I also am taking naproxen and baclofen to relieve my pain. I also have been diagnosed with facet joint osteoarthritis, sacroiliac joint pain, mild scoliosis and two bulging discs in my lower back. Needless to say there isn't a day that I am not in pain. I have considered surgery but where do I start! They may fix one area that has pain but not the others. I guess I will be in pain for the rest of my life.

Comment from: Celia, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I was diagnosed with pernicious anemia in September 2017. My symptoms were intense muscular pain in my upper back and shoulders, smooth shiny tongue that bled, and cracks in the corners of my mouth. I also had a very noticeable breathlessness on climbing stairs or on an incline, odd tingling in my lips and upper thighs, and a feeling that something was stuck under my toes as if my sock was kind of creased in there. I'm on 3 monthly B12 injections. Some of the symptoms have improved but not all.

Comment from: Tania, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

After almost 2 years that I been suffering pain in the tailbone, I found what the issue was. It was the intrauterine device (IUD). Coccydynia started 3 years after I had IUD. Out of the blue. I had no injury. I saw many doctors, had MRI, and everything looked fine but the pain was killing me. For 2 years I couldn't even go to a movie as I couldn't sit that long. I read somewhere that IUD may be causing the pain and decided to give it a try. It is 2 weeks after the removal and there is no pain at all.

Comment from: Meme57, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I fractured my coccyx in my teenage years and again 10 years later. After many years of severe pain and no improvements with injections or pain medication I had it removed. However, no pain improvement at all. I have lived in chronic coccydynia for at least half of my life. Evidently there is a common history of pain in patients that had a partial removal instead of a complete removal. Anyone thinking of surgical removal, please make sure all you questions and concerns are addressed prior to signing any consent form. Good luck to everyone.

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Comment from: Jrbous, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I have been having tailbone pain for a while now and I do have regular chiropractic visits. The last time I was there he suggested a manipulative procedure where a physician inserts a finger in the rectum and manipulates the coccyx back into place. He said this would work for coccydynia as long as the tip was positioned incorrectly (forward or back) and not fractured. He said he could do it in the office, and it is a painful procedure but the results are worth it. I have not done it yet, waiting for x-ray results.

Comment from: bieque, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 04

My daughter has had tailbone pain (coccydynia) unrelated to injury, since August of this year and went for physiotherapy twice a week for over a month with no improvement. She was also given strong anti-inflammatory medication with little improvement. Then just since Thanksgiving she started having severe knee pain when weight bearing activities (walking, jumping, climbing stairs, standing) are involved (not related to injury). We went back to the orthopedist and they ran a series of blood tests. Awaiting results.

Comment from: DALJEET SINGH, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I have been suffering from coccydynia for last three years although I had no injury to it, but I was a banker and had to sit for 6 years continually. On 30/04/17 I took voluntary retirement and started taking sun light for one hour daily as I also had vitamin D deficiency and uric acid. Surprisingly I have nearly recovered from coccydynia in six months. Vitamin D deficiency is the major cause if one has not suffered any injury. I did not take any medicines for coccydynia. Vitamin D accelerates the blood circulation to the affected part.

Comment from: Kate, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I fell 1.5 meters 18 months ago, fractured my coccyx, and now suffer ongoing coccydynia throb. I have sciatic nerve pain in left and right leg and a bulging disc caused from the impact of landing on concrete. I have had 2 cortisone injections to relieve sciatic pain with little success, Doctor will not give me strong pain medication, I do physio but that provides little relief, only keeps the firm happy. I feel that this is it for the rest of my life and that I would love a good night’s sleep!

Comment from: daljeet singh, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 01

I have been suffering with coccydynia for the last 3 months. I on my own started taking Naprosyn 500 mg twice a day and there is lot of improvement except the side effect of constipation and gas. Otherwise it is effective, and I have stopped after ten days. I wish everyone gets relief.

Comment from: Trish, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I had/have what I now know is coccydynia for a couple years now. It is hard to know as I suffer chronic pain from fibromyalgia. It developed when I was trying to gain core strength through exercise on advice/guidance of physiotherapist. Obviously I was not doing things right. I started seeing osteopath with improvements in overall pain. Started Pilates classes offered by my osteopath on advice of everyone for core strength. I still have some pain on occasion when sitting too long but nowhere near what I went through before. I am hopeful that the stronger I get, the less the pain will be.

Comment from: Lorraine, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had nerve blocks on my tailbone which did not work. I also took pain medications, iced that area, put a heating pad on it and nothing helped. I even sit on a cushion for that area and still nothing.

Comment from: 56 still in pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I had my coccyx removed in 2010. I had pain for about 4 years before that. I got staph infection which was followed by 7 debridements. The staph ate to my pelvic bone. I was in the hospital for 27 days, then home with wound VAC, and PICC lines for another 3 months. The tailbone pain did go away. However, from all the debridements, I have a hole about a soft ball size. I can't do anything with all the pain, now my left buttock is killing me. So, now have to find out what's wrong with that. If you elect to have surgery there can be huge consequences.

Comment from: ckc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

After my coccyx was injured when I was in my twenties, my chiropractor did a coccygeal procedure on me. He put his finger in my rectum and manipulated the bone. It took about five times (about once every few weeks) for the pain to subside, but that was the answer for me. It hurts, but it works. You can do it yourself from the outside to some extent - lie on your side and put your finger under the bone and pull it outward as best you can. It works for me. Medical doctors have no idea how to treat this. Good luck to all of you.

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Comment from: Lovecats, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I had a nine pound baby back in 1978 and my tailbone was very painful right after. I sat on round pillow per my doctor’s advice. In time I was far better but all of a sudden it is killing me. No falls or anything. This is so aggravating.

Comment from: PAM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

My coccydynia appears to be idiopathic. My tailbone pulls to the right. I have had 2 impart blocs. The first took all my pain away for about 9 mos. Afterward the pain gradually increased. A year after the first injection, I had a 2nd injection. This time the pain was reduced, but didn't totally go away. During that time I received PT, which did nothing for me at all. Pain is increasing again. Currently, at the advice of my doctor, I am seeing a chiropractor that works on that area. After 3 weeks of treatment, I have improved, but only slightly. Don't like needles, but seriously thinking of acupuncture. I have been told by my PA (who used to work in pain mgt.) that removing the coccyx in the patients she had seen, did not improve the situation.

Comment from: Pam, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I had a bad fall several years ago which developed into coccydynia; but what I WASN'T told initially was "you can never sit on a hard surface again". Finally was told that after about the third flare-up. I have a cushion with a cut out triangle for the tailbone area that I absolutely have to use if I am going to be sitting on a hard surface OR sitting for a prolonged period of time. Haven't had any flare-ups since. Hope this will help others who suffer from this.

Comment from: Bethanie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I have been suffering with coccydynia for 8.5 years. I understand the pain, it is horrible. I went into outpatients’ room last night. It hurts to sit, hurts to stand and walk. They knew the pain that I am in, and after two hours of waiting to see a doctor, I left without having any medical attention. It sure puts life on hold. Pure misery!

Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I must see a cardio specialist because I am experiencing numbness and tingling in my right legs up to my stomach. Then I have a hard time breathing, and after that I feel dizzy and sleepy.

Comment from: Debe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I am 55 and have been suffering with chronic coccydynia for 6 years now. I also was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) in 1994. Still walking, but with much pain from the tail bone, and the MS but the tail bone pain is the most gnawing, draining and unbearable pain I have ever experienced. I am scheduled on January 3rd 2013 to have my tailbone removed.

Comment from: jalal, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

I have got coccydynia in my tail bone since august till now and I have used the following drugs but I don’t feel any sign of improvement in my pain: 1. Arital, 2. Duragesic, 3. Nexium, 4. Arthrotec 5.Brexxin and 6. Wilgesic.

Comment from: Muna, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I suffered this when I was 17 after a weekend of sitting at a seminar. The pain was so bad I couldn't stand upright, lie on my tummy, or do anything. They did an X-ray scan, revealing an amount of pus about 3 cm in diameter. I was given ibuprofen and told to put some ice on it. However, five days later, I was back; this time, the scan revealed a deposit the size of a peach. They performed an incision straight away, put a drain in it, and gave me some antibiotics. I haven't had any problems since. I'm 29 now.

Comment from: Beth98, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

Strong painkillers were prescribed for me from my doctor. In addition time and taking it easy have helped. Sitting on a few cushions also helps when you need to sit down.

Comment from: Stebbens, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I've been 3 years in chronic pain form this coccydynia. I did the acupuncture with no relief. When I move I can feel it click to the right. I sit on a gel pad with no luck. I have had pain shots. What’s next? I am out of options and look at a life time of pain. It kind of sucks as I cannot take inflammatory as I have stents and am on Plavix. My heart doctor says it is too risky for me to take so here I am a real pain in the backside looking for answers. I think there is none and removing it seems like it does not help or I would be the first to get this done. After three years I am just getting started with this chronic pain.

Comment from: Boxer579, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I fractured my tail bone in 2008 and since have been diagnosed with chronic tailbone pain, I have been thru numerous cortizone injections, physical therapy and various medications and NOTHING takes the pain away. I'm currently taking two types of morphine, robaxin, mobic and celexa (depression) and are thinking about having it removed. No one understands the pain I have, it's constant and sometimes it's unbearable.

Comment from: Mags, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I have had coccydynia pain for about 8 months and it started out of nowhere, and did not know what to do. A little after the pain started I had to take pain medication for a knee injury that I had and it kind of helped with the tail bone pain (this pain is only really bad when I sit) my knee pain is resolved, but this pain is getting worse. I saw my doctor and was told to go out and buy a donut cushion to relieve the pressure.

Comment from: Jasper80, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

I broke my tailbone in 2007. I have been on pain medications ever since (hydrochodone). I have tried shots, physical therapy, and different medications, but, nothing has worked. Earlier this month, January 2012, I tried accupuncture. I've cut the medicine down by 2/3 and I still have more accupuncture sessions to go! My next alternative was going to be surgery, but I'm hoping accupuncture is the solution.

Comment from: sara, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

I have never experienced this pain before and have been told that I have kyphosis of my coccyx I have received two injections with no relief and I am very discouraged because I do not know what to do next. I have been taking ibuprofen, diflocenac, robaxin nothing works I am so discouraged this is none stop burning, aching, throbbing pain.