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Coccyx Pain & Spondylolisthesis in L5-S1

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Lower Back Pain

I have coccyx pain and Grade 1 spondylolisthesis in L5-S1. I have had several steriod injections in the coccyx to address the coccyx pain - with no lasting results.
My symptoms are as follows:

1. Pain when sitting
- The harder the chair the stronger the pain
2. Cannot sleep on my back - due to pain in the lower back
- I can only sleep on my side in a foetal position

Does anyone have experience of referred pain from the lower back to the coccyx and how it can be treated?

Many Thanks,




  • I too have coccyx pain and i put a warm washcloth on(not too hot!) And get up frequently from stiff deskchair once an hour and walk around. Also you can put a small cushion on the chair to help. I use massager but it's not as good as a TENS unit for 20 minute massage above the area. What kind of pain meds are you on? Nice to meet you and see you around the posts. Take care. Charry
    P.S. This isn't medical advice. I'm just sharing what has helped me.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Hello

    I am 36 years old and about 6 months ago involved in a car accident resulting in me having excrutiating pain in lower right side of my back, I was signed off work for 4 months and now back on work but still on restricted duties(I am a police firearms officer) I recently had an MRI scan which showed a grade 1 to 2 Spondylolisthesis of L5 on S1 and Spondylolysis at L5 and a compression of my sciatic nerve root at L5, also L4/5 dics showed reduced hydration.
    I went to see an orthopedic specialist who said I had probably had this from birth but would never of known about it. The accident has in someway aggravated it.

    My symptoms are:

    Unable to sit, walk or stand for more than about 30 to 60 mins, without getting sharp pains in my back that radiate down my leg.
    Unable to drive long distance without having sharp pain oin my back and leg.
    Unable to lie or sleep on my back.
    Extreme pain if sitting on the floor without support for my back.

    I have been on ibruprofen and paracetomol everyday for the last 6 months and have had over 20 sessions of physio, none of which have made any difference. I have been offered a Steroid injection around the nerve, but with no guarantee.

    Was wondering if anyone has had similar and what the future holds, have been told I may never go back to doing my old job as my back is now a liabilty that the police won't like.
    Any comments???

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  • I'm a RN and may not be able to go to my job either. Check your disabilty long term benefits. Start your own topic on the very top and you'll get more answers so people will see your post. www.chirogeek.com has some good info. Maybe you just need time to get better and the epi injections help also. There are many people who do return to their jobs though. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Cheers Charry

    The link is very useful.

  • Hi Charry,

    Thanks for your response.
    I'm not on pain medication at present.
    I take B6 & B12 vitamins plus calcium tablets.

    A short description of my issue is located at http://www.coccyx.org/personal/2008/john.htm

    Chris - I share some of the symptoms you describe.
    Do you have coccyx pain when you sit on a hard surface?



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  • I had an injection in that spot about a year ago and I still to this day have the same pain you describe .I asked my doctor about it and he said it could be scar tissue from the shot or some sort of bad reaction from the steriod itself.
  • John Paul

    Yes, get serve pain in coccyx, like being stabbed when I sit on a hard surface.

  • John Paul,
    I'm new to this forum as of today and have similar pain. They say I have a large protrusion of L5-S1 but that I should be having pain down my left leg and I don't. My pain is all in my lower back and my bum. Sitting is excruciating - the harder the worse it is. My main work chair I can recline and pad with pillows (and ice/heat/tens)to make it through the day, but when I have to go to meetings and sit in cheap, hard uncomfortable chairs, it usually reduces me to leaving early, going to my office, closing the door and lying on my ice pack with my feet elevated on my chair and crying. Because I don't have textbook "down your leg" pain, they aren't sure if surgery will help. I'm frustrated and in pain and starting to feel hopeless. This has completely altered my life.
    The most relief I get seems to be with ice, but it's frickin winter and below freezing outside. I'm alternating with heat which gives some relief and my tens which does as well, but nothing, not even Percocet takes the pain away fully.
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