(Closed) How serious is an injured coccyx?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

hmmmm…. im not sure…. and im not a doctor… but when i was in the army (basic training) my ‘battle buddy’ (friend) fell down stairs and fractured hers and she got medically discharged…. soooo…. im pretty sure it can be pretty serious…. not that this at all answers your question lol! i would definately get it checked out if you still have pain.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I fractured mine in high school during a cheerleading accident.  It was so unbelievably painful, I ended up going to the ER that night. 

They took an XRAY, confirmed the fracture, gave me some pain killers and a butt pillow, and sent me home.  I missed like 5 days of school because it hurt to sit down, and the only comfortable position was laying on my side.  After that, it hurt less and less every day, and I didn’t even finish my pain killer prescription. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

you have to get an xray! better safe than sorry.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My mom broke her tailbone, and they gave her some pain killers and a donut seat.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Amaryllis: Lol my mom was too embarassed to use hers, I’m pretty sure she just sat on one butt cheek or the other!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Amaryllis: I totally understand.  The amount of pain I was in, I was sure I had done something to my back or something really serious.  I remember pain shooting up my back, and all the way down my legs. 

I didn’t use the donut seat either, LOL.  Like I said, laying on my side was the only thing that helped for the first few days.  I took the pain killers for about a week, and then stopped and switched to Tylenol.  It did get better every day, although I sat out cheerleading for a month since I was the stunt person.  Other than that, it was no big deal.

Hope you feel better soon!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

If it’s still really painful I think a trip to the dr is a good idea.

Is there any bruising? Swelling?

Most likely they will just give you pain meds and a donut seat, but if you have a displaced fracture or floating bone chips that might be something they need to go in and fix.

Tailbone injuries HURT. I’ve never broken mine, but I bruised it pretty badly one. I was having my mom pull off my riding boot and was standing on one foot in socks on a linoleum floor.

My mom pulled on the boot, my foot slid out from under me and I landed smack on my tail bone. Couldn’t sit normally for a few days.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I’m not sure but when I hurt mine I had to sit off on the side of my butt and it hurt to move my legs and it sucked.  But since it didn’t feel all that swollen and lessened as the days went by I just assumed it wasn’t broken and never went to the doctors.  It’s all better now.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Amaryllis:  I broke mine when I was 13 or so.  Worst pain I have ever been in.  It was definitely made worse by the fact we were in Dallas and flying home the next morning AND my little sister (who was the one who broke it) was so fussy I couldn’t tell my mom I was in pain!  It wasn’t until the next day she realized and took me to the doctor.  No exam or xrays, just got to stay home for a couple days and was sent to school with the donut.  (Mortifying when you’re in 7th grade by the way but those wooden seats were wretched!)  

I always assumed I had just cracked it and it wasn’t bad until J told me my “tail is crooked”!  Sure enough, it has a very obvious bend to the right and in.  I’m not sure how I never noticed that.  

Hope you feel better soon!  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Amaryllis: I fractured my tail bone in high school. They confirmed with an X-ray, but they don’t do anything for it. All they did was give me pain killers and tell me to get the butt pillow like PP. If it is getting more bearable, I would just deal with Ibupofin. I know it sucks, but there is not much a doctor can do. Mine bugged me for a while, even after it had healed. Hope you feel better 🙂

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