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I have resolved my tailbone / coccyx pain (coccydynia)
murrdpirate posted:
About two years ago I started experiencing pain in my tailbone while sitting. If I sat for more than a couple minutes, the pain would start without fail. It was especially sharp for a second when I went from sitting to standing.

I never had any injury near my tailbone; the pain seemed to come out of nowhere. No injuries were found in the x-rays I had taken. The doctor recommended I use a coccyx pillow for about a month. It provided very little immediate relief, and zero long-term relief. I did not have insurance at the time, so I didn't want to explore the issue with doctors after neither the x-rays nor pillow resolved the issue. I was also in grad school at the time, so thankfully I could do a lot of work on my laptop while lying in bed

Onto the resolution: I like to keep myself pretty clean. While taking a shower, I would set the shower head to the narrow, high-pressure stream and spray down my...butt crack. Pretty much the entire way along the crack. I didn't want to use my hands to clean the area, so that was my solution. The pressure was never extremely high and it never caused me any pain.

But I didn't always do this. Recently, I realized that this cleaning activity started roughly 2 years ago, i.e. around the time I started experiencing pain while sitting. It was sort of hard for me to believe that the shower head was causing the pain since it never hurt at all while doing it, but of course I couldn't discount the timing.

So about two weeks ago I stopped the shower head cleaning. I don't think I've experienced any pain since the day I stopped. I cannot tell you how great it is to finally be able to sit down without pain.

I was never sure where exactly the pain was coming from, I just knew it was near the tailbone. But I suspect that it was associated with a ligament or muscle near the tailbone rather than the bone itself.

I'm writing this in the hopes that this will help other people experiencing this pain. I know there are many ways for pain to start in the tailbone, but I also know that the pain is often not associated with any traumatic injury. For those people, I strongly suggest thinking about any activities that might impact the tailbone area, however slight they may seem.
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charl1942 responded:
I had tailbone and SI joint problems. (sacroiliac) I finally had the SI joint fused. Three rods were put between the hip bone and the sacrum. That helped a little, but with healing I did not know for a while whether the surgery helped or not. Later I had a steroid injection as close to the bottom of the sacrum as possible. It took about 14 days before I was helped with the injection. It is far better than it was. I have an unidentified nerve in my rectum, consequently, the need for that injection. Doctor has been in pain management for years and this injection was a trial, but he said it was worth a try. I feel he did spray the steroids over the bunch of nerves at the point of the injection.
I hope you can follow my ramblings, but I don't feel like fixing it..
trs1960 responded:
I wonder if you were aggravating your gland?

Interesting for sure. I've had a urinary tract infection that I ignored thinking it was just back pain. Turned out I was at risk of a worsening infection.

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves not to ignore things we assume are just part of our underlying conditions


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