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Spina bifida & pain in coccyx

Mark47MMark47 Posts: 2
edited 10/04/2014 - 5:49 AM in Lower Back Pain
For many years I've been tracing my family history and over the last week or so I have been trying to locate the burial place of my auntie who died aged 13 days in 1948. The cause of her death was spina bifida and since I didn't really know what the condition was, I googled it and found this website. I was surprised to see a link between spina bifida and problems with the coccyx.

I mysef have suffered with quite severe but bearable pain for years. (I certainly remember not being able to sit crossed-legged for long in a sports class at school when I was 13 and that's over 30 years ago!) I have also read that spina bifida can run in families and wonder if I too could have the "occulta" form of the condition.

Two or three years ago I went to my doctor, having become tired of the pain in my coccyx. An x-ray was done but nothing in particular was found. I'm fairly sure he was looking at the condition from a point of view of arthritis. Is it possible he missed spina bifida occulta?

I would be very interested to hear from anyone who may have comments to share.

Many thanks in advance,




  • Many thanks for your swift reply Sandi. The impression I got from my doctor was that I should grin and bear the pain. I'll think about going back.

    Best wishes,

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