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Broken tailbone.

AlexoutherAAlexouther Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Chronic Pain
So for 4 years now I have had a tailbone that is... not right. I fell from the top of the stairwell to the bottom and ALL the impact landed on my tailbone. I had to go to the hospital and they x-rayed it and said "well this is not right at all... it seems fractured in a few places." This was when I was 12...that's right; I'm 16 and I have to deal with this pain every day. It's horrible and it hurts so bad every day. What is horrible is that the only thing the doctors had to offer was an inner tube to sit on. It hurts so bad to sit...stand or lie down for more than 5 minutes at a time. What do I do?


  • That sounds horrible. I hit my tail bone very hard when i was a kid. i didn't break it i don't think but it definitely took a long time to heal. I would suggest you and your parents find a doctor that specializes in spinal surgery/ or just your general physician and tell them what happened. Maybe they could go in and re-fracture the bone and put it back together correctly to lift the pressure that it is putting on the nerves. Don't give up on searching for an answer. I have been dealing with daily pain since January 2010 when i was in a car accident. Starting the 29th of April I am going to my 3rd chiropractor I have tried and he is going to do spinal decompression, and manipulation. hopefully this works this time..3 times a charm right lol. I hope you find an answer soon. keep us updated.

  • Recently, I experienced a broken radius bone.. did not feel much pain until the tight cast and after removal of the cast.. They have diagnosed me with CRPS, complex regional pain syndrome.. what has worked for me is taking arnica homeopathic pills.. and using essential oils for pain and swelling.. there are already formulated oils to use for trauma... they have been a life saver..

    You must seek a professional help on determining the cause of the pain.. seek until you find someone that has the answer.. research research with this powerful internet we have as a tool.. go to your doctor with all the information and understanding tailbone injuries.. for some reason this injury has come to you for a lesson.. Best wishes for a full recovery and more knowledge of the incredible body we live in..
  • OH, I'm so sorry you have to deal with this pain at such a young age!! It must be so hard to make it through a day of sitting in classes at school. I would definitely have your parents take you to your family doctor, and ask for a referral to a spine specialist. I would ask the doctor for a referral for an MRI as well, it would be best to go to the specialist with it, might save some time, as they most likely would send you for one anyways. I wish you luck, and hope you find some help soon! It's no way to spend your summer months, in pain, that's for sure. Take care, good luck, and speedy recovery!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Broken tailbone is some of the worst, uncomfortable feelings there is. It hurts to stand, sit, sometimes lay... once in a while you can get into a good position and it feels okay for a bit, but then bam!

    With all of that, unless your in danger of permanent injury, there really isn't much they can do for it. The fix is often worse than the injury and the potential for severe, lifetime effects are high. That said, you should definitely talk to your doctor about it, and have him/her refer you to PT if they think it is ready and will help you. The only time I got real relief either of the times I broke mine were after physical therapy. It's been about 9 years since the last time I broke it and my doctor said, they would not do surgery unless there were the possibility of complications, so off I went to PT.

    They have specific exercises that can help you kind of "reposition" it or at least it feels that way and it doesn't hurt much or at all.
    Hopefully your doctor can get you into a good PT that will help you and help ease the pain. Take care and good luck!
  • I broke my tailbone giving birth to my oldest daughter. The problem was that it was already hurting the last couple of months of my pregnancy and then it finally just broke during delivery. Unfortunately, it took a couple of years to really heal and begin to feel better. But if you've been suffering for 4 years, then I agree with whoever said that you need to get your parents to take you to somebody else and see if there are other options for you. I suppose it is possible that yours hasn't healed properly and that's the cause of your pain. But you're so young to be dealing with this....I hope that your parents are doing what they can to take care of it.

    Hang in there and best of luck to you!
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