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Strange sensation in coccyx when i lower my head (chin to chest)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,553
Hi

Sorry if i've posted this in the wrong section, but it's hard to describe where the problem actually is.

I have been having a very strange sensation for about 3 months now everytime when i lower my head to look down (chin to chest), for example when taking a pee (i am male by the way). I keep getting a strange pulling around my coccyx and sometimes on the back on my legs at the rear of my thighs (hamstrings). In fact the sensation stated at the back of my legs about 3 months ago and is now at my coccyx. It's almost as if something is pulling from the base of my coccyx and causing it to go numb instantly. This happens when i am stood up or when i am sat down.

For the record, i don't have chronic back all the time, but i have in the past hurt my back and had to rest up for a few weeks as i couldn't walk. A friend at work suggested that this may be sciatica, but i'm not sure that it is.

Just wondered if anybody suffered from the same problem or maybe hazard a guess as to what might be causing it.

Thanks
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Comments

  • YES! I had the same thing, and it also pulled in the sit bone area of the buttock. It was a nerve compression at L5 S1! I had surgery, and it was a severe compression. You should get a MRI at least to rule anything with your back out. Also, a call to the Dr. would be in order! I had it for about 3 months, and it was the first thing that was gone after my surgery. I had a laminectomy, and foraminotomy at L5 S1, and the S1 nerve root was the worse. Good luck, sweetpotatoe57
  • Thanks for the quick reply sweetpotatoe57, i don't know that much about backs so i will have to have a read up on that area. Can i just ask one thing though? Did the compression you had ever make you feel like you needed the toilet all of the time?
    Mine has just got to that stage now and i'm concerned that something else sinister is going on. I've been to the doctor and have had blood tests which all come back fine, but i will try to get her to get me an appointment for a MRI scan.

    Thank you
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  • Yes, I did have to go to the bathroom alot, and after my surgery, that did stop. I then thought something was wrong that way! If I even bent my head forward, I got the pull, and my PT said surgery was coming just in time, as it was a severe compression at that point. I had lots of pain, and couldn't sit, or walk well, lots of weakness in my leg. How about you? Definitely a MRI is in order, and a call to the Dr. Not sure if that is going on with you, but that did happen to me! sweetpotatoe57
  • Also wondered if you hurt your back at all? It could also be some really tight muscle's, but always best to let the Dr. decide! sweetpotatoe57
  • hi....sweetpotatoe is absolutely correct. you need to check this out and quickly. when there is a problem with the excratory system that may be back related it is considered an emergency because continued pressure on the spine can cause a permanent damage. the movement of your chin downward pulls on the covering of your spinal cord and that telegraph signals from pressure below. i would move quick on this....pete
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  • Thanks for all of the replies. I have just booked an appointment to see the doctor, but here we have a three week wait to see him.

    Hopefully i can get a scan sorted pronto.
  • DONT BE AFRAID TO GO TO EMERGENCY ROOM IF THE URINATION PROBLEM IS A REACCURING THING. WHEN I HAD THAT TROUBLE DOC SAID TO HIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM. I WAS OPERATED ON NEXT DAY AND NO LONGER HAVE TROUBLE. SORRY TO BE SO SCAREY BUT YOU HAVE TO PROTECT YOURSELF....
  • Wow....I've been having the same sensation for months now, especially when I've been sitting too long and put my head down.  Only last weekend, when it happened, I stood up and lost control of my right leg: it went numb, and then my right arm went numb and my hand involuntarily curled inward. I thought I was having a stroke. My BP dropped and I got nauseous, and then I lost control of my bladder, so I crawled to my phone and dialled 911.  The sensation was like having a main nerve running from my neck to my feet, plugged into a socket.  The most frightening thing I've ever been through.  It's like my whole body went into shock.  All I could do was concentrate on breathing (in the ambulance and ER) to keep it from happening again.  But I could feel the electricity running down the nerve into my feet...wanting to "go" any minute.  And the anxiety didn't help. so I finally asked a nurse for something to calm me down.  Long story short, they did a CT scan and and diagnosed it as Radiculopathy and told me to follow up with a neurosurgeon and to get an MRI of C5-6 & C6-7, with these instructions: "Cervical Spondylosis, with moderate to severe neural foraminal narrowing, right greater than left" (whatever that means).  I'm still waiting to see the neuro doctor and the MRI...and I've been paranoid about putting my head down again.

  • LizLiz Posts: 8,913

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so i am closing it

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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