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    Hey y'all,

    I fell on a wood floor and hurt my coccyx (tailbone) 6 years ago. I believe I perhaps fractured it, because it hurt to sit down for 8 months straight before the pain went away. 2 years ago I fell the same way and rehurt it. Eventually the pain went away. Now it's hurting me again, been painful for a week now and have trouble sitting. The only thing I can think of is that I sat back on that area too much during a weekend vacation in the mountains and/or that I strained nearby muscles ascending many stairs up Tallulah Gorge (if you have been there then you know).

    My husband wants me to go to the doctor but I'm stubborn. But, it hurts, dang it. If you have hurt your tailbone before please give me your advice as to what you did to help with it. I don't want to go to the doctor because I don't think they can do anything anyway. Did you have any exercises that helped?

    Thanks,
    Jenny

    Edited to add: I just remembered a funny story about the first time I hurt my tailbone... after I hurt it I was texting my dad "I fell and hurt my coccyx" but my phone autocorrected the word coccyx to "cocaine". I was baffled as to why the phone would even be programmed to suggest the word cocaine! How many people text about that?!
    Last edited by aix_sponsa; 09-06-2012, 05:01 PM.
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    Jenny, my 25 year old daughter was bucked off her horse three days ago. First buck put her down hard of the pommel of the western saddle, second buck put her onto the neck of the horse and then the ground. She has been in horrendous pain since, and I suspect that she has damaged her coccyx as well.
    No amount of encouragement from me can get her into the Doctors surgery. However I would suggest this also to you. I realise that Dr's can't really do much about damage to this area of the body, however wouldn't it be nice to know ?
    anyway good luck
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    • #3
      Hurt mine a few years ago when i fell snowboarding, it took ~ 18 months to come right. In the end I had a bowen therapy which seemed to help.

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      • #4
        I did that about 32 years ago and I still cannot sit for very long in certain chairs/seats
        http://www.cantneverdidanything.net/

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        • #5
          I've badly injured my tailbone twice. Do NOT even consider removal, it will put you in a real state of misery. A friend of mine did this, and has suffered all kinds of problems since.

          I've had big improvements from going to an osteopath. Highly recommend it.
          Fighting fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain since 2002.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by aix_sponsa View Post
            My husband wants me to go to the doctor but I'm stubborn. But, it hurts, dang it. If you have hurt your tailbone before please give me your advice as to what you did to help with it. I don't want to go to the doctor because I don't think they can do anything anyway.
            But you don't have to take anything the doctor prescribes or follow his or her advice anyway. I don't see a downside to going.


            You shouldn't actually sit on your coccyx, although many people do. You should sit on the ischial tuberosities, the "sitting bones":

            Tuberosity of the ischium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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            • #7
              Thanks for the replies, everyone! If it continues to hurt me I'll set up a doctor appointment and in the meantime I'll try to stay off of it as much as possible.
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              • #8
                In elementary school, a friend injured her coccyx (a boy snapping her bra, and she fell back into a concrete planter), and she had to use a blow up "doughnut" to sit all day in school. Just a suggestion for you when you sit. It's a bit embarrassing, but better than hurting.

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                • #9
                  My vote is get an x-ray to confirm, see a physical therapist and/or chiropractor for treatment. Proper alignment and muscular support may help any existing problems and prevent future ones (unless, of course, you directly hit the coccyx again).
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                    My vote is get an x-ray to confirm, see a physical therapist and/or chiropractor for treatment. Proper alignment and muscular support may help any existing problems and prevent future ones (unless, of course, you directly hit the coccyx again).
                    I agree. You need to know if you are dealing with a fracture, a misalignment, or just a bruise.
                    I slipped hiking a couple of years ago and hurt mine. Some yoga floor stretching type exercises helped get things mobile again. But this would not be a good idea for a while if there is a fracture involved. Finding out is best.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by aix_sponsa View Post
                      Thanks for the replies, everyone! If it continues to hurt me I'll set up a doctor appointment and in the meantime I'll try to stay off of it as much as possible.
                      Good.

                      I did think of a few things that might be worth thinking about.

                      First, I think you might perhaps sit in a kneeling posture in a meditation stool sometimes. It wouldn't really be possible to sit in one of those on your coccyx. Plus you get a very positive sense of the contact between the sitting-bones and the seat. I think there'd be a kind of useful kinasthetic reminder there. If that sounds like something worth trying, you can probably get one cheap enough online by searching under something like "meditation stool" or "prayer stool".

                      Then I thought that you might ask advice from Dr. Kruse. He does deal with people's spines professionally, and is prepared to take questions on his site.

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                      Thirdly, I wondered about another resting position. There's a position they use in Alexander Technique where you lie on the floor with your knees drawn up and your head on two to three paperback books. That might be beneficial, although you'd have to take care in how you got up and down -- but there are recomended sequences for doing that.

                      Finally, there's a meditation technique called "visualization" that you might possibly use. I remember years ago hearing of martial arts guy, a korean I think, who broke some knuckles punching bricks. Every day he set aside a few minutes and sat there imagining his knuckles like a brick wall getting built up. The speed of mending of his hand, as shown by X-ray, was remarkable. There are number of stories of this sort, though you'd probably search in vain for anything like a controlled study. I think if you were lying, as in suggestion three above, you might imagine water or light flowing all the way down your spine. I think that one is an actual yoga technique -- not sure. It'd probably tend to empahsize the unity and connectedness of the spine. But maybe this would be too wacky for you.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the other suggestions! Lewis, I'll try to implement some of your ideas. Thanks again!
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