Sore tail bone - what could be causing this?

Sore Tail Bone - Tail Bone
@maddysmommy (16243)
United States
April 9, 2008 7:53pm CST
My husband's tail bone has been causing him a lot of pain over the last few weeks and it seems to be getting worse. I've advised him to get it checked but as usual, he thinks the pain will subside. He emailed me again today saying it was hurting and was finding it hard to sit or lie down. As far as I am aware he hasn't fallen down, but when he sits for long periods of time then it starts to hurt. He doesn't have any fat on his bottom at all LOL yup he's got a flat butt or no butt and when I massage the area it's just all bone. Does anyone know what could be causing this? Would appreciate any advice you can give me, thanks!
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16 responses
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
10 Apr 08
Well best thing for him to visit doc well some times tail bone is bit longer than normal and sitting posture/style can cause the pain but sure as its back bone so must consult doc and dont do massages and exercise by own Hope u got my point Take care
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Thanks cupid and you're right, he needs to see a doctor when he returns from overseas. He has had back issues in the past as well so teh sooner we find out what is causing the pain, the sooner we can get treatment for it :) thanks again my friend.
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@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
11 Apr 08
wow, what a day u r agreeing me on all points thats nice well , all we want is health to ur hubby wish u best all the best take care
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Because they make sense to me, thanks cupid!
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@michelyn (717)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Without any padding, it's possible that he's bruised it or sprained it just from sitting too long. Have you asked him whether he's fallen or not? It's possible to break your tail bone and it's very painful from what I hear. You should have him rotate between ice and heat and see if that alleviates any of the pain. Also, take some ibuprofen for it's anti-inflammatory effects. If it persists and he hasn't fallen, then I would get him to a doctor so they can do an X-ray.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Thanks for those ideas michelyn. I am not sure if there is any swelling but it wouldn't hurt to try the cold and heat treatment. I should of did that before he left as we have ice/heat packs here at home. I'll email him to ask the hotel for a heat/cold pack and try it out and or take some ibuprofen :) thanks for those ideas.
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@Darkwing (21591)
10 Apr 08
Coccydynia is the name for pain in the coccyx which can be anything from discomfort to acute pain, brought on or aggravated by sitting. So if your hubby sits a lot at work and at home, this is likely to be the problem. It is really a collection of conditions which can have different causes and need different treatments. The pain can sometimes subside by itself or with treatment, or it can continue for years, possibly getting worse. It would seem that the pain is most often caused by an unstable coccyx, which causes chronic inflammation. If your hubby thinks the pain will go in time, then he's probably experienced it before, so I would say, if the pain persists, then your hubby should go see his doctor, to see if he needs to be treated. There is further information on the following link, if you would care to look... http://www.coccyx.org/whatisit/index.htm Brightest Blessings in the hope that your hubby is released from this pain very soon.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
THANKS Darkwing for that link. I am going to read it and send it on to him. He does sit for long periods of time at work and even though this has been the first time he's mentioned it to me, it may not be the first time he's experienced the pain. He's had back issues and has seen a Chiropractor in the past so I'm wondering whether that is also contributed to the pain. Thanks for sharing the link and I'll look into it :)
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@Darkwing (21591)
10 Apr 08
You're more than welcome, my friend. I suspected he might have had similar problems before because he told you that the pain would go away on its own. Yes, the other back problems might not have helped because they may have caused him to sit awkwardly on his coccyx. Good luck with this, and please try and persuade him to get treatment if the pain persists, because it may get even worse, if he doesn't.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
That is an interesting link Darkwing and very detailed. I'm thinking this could be it considering he does sit down 95% of the time at work and home. I'm going to make sure he sees a doctor or his chiropractor when he returns. I really appreciate the info.
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@Rozie37 (15508)
• Turkmenistan
10 Apr 08
As long as it is not Hemorrhoids or boils, he could probably just sit on something softer for a while. They have cushions that will ease the pressure and evenly distibute his weight. I have had boils and hemorrhoids and trust me, it is truly a pain in the a$$.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Nope, no hemorrhoids or boils and most definitely pain in his tail bone. I suggested he buy a soft cushion but he frowned at me - I think he didn't want to be seen as being a wimp or something LOL
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@Rozie37 (15508)
• Turkmenistan
10 Apr 08
Well, is he mister mocha or what? If he does not want a cushion, then tell that turkey to bite the bullet and suffer in silence.
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@Rozie37 (15508)
• Turkmenistan
10 Apr 08
Ha, ha, I meant Macho, not mocha, LOL.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
10 Apr 08
"A pilonidal cyst, also referred as sacrococcygeal fistula, is a blanket term for any type of skin infection near the tailbone. The condition is also referred as pilonidal sinus disease. It is usually painful." This is what my husband had and he says it was very painful..but it could be seen...That was the first thing I thought of when you said pain in the tailbone region.. You could look up pilonidal cyst and go from there..Hope this helps..
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Thanks for the info my friend. I did look it up and it seems it's a infection on the outside of the tail bone area? if I'm correct - I don't think this is it but thanks for the information. I am going to read a little more into it as I just looked at the Wikipedia description. Appreciate the info :)
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
You know Terry I think I read it wrong. It's a cyst under the skin as opposed to on it and could be something he has. I'm glad I found other links to read so thanks again.
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@Feona1962 (7530)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Okay..you're welcome..I read the Wilkipedia and didn't want to give you that link..I am glad you were able to find other information on it..Let me know how it works out..
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@patgalca (12820)
• Orangeville, Ontario
10 Apr 08
I used to have a lot of pain in my tailbone. I think it started when I was a teenager from doing sit-ups. I had it surgically checked out but the doctor could find nothing wrong. It wasn't until I was in my late twenties that I found out my pelvis was tilted. When I told my doctor about it when I was pregnant she said the baby would tilt it back into position. I rarely have any trouble with my tailbone anymore. Now I am a woman so I don't know whether there is something comparable here to a man. The chiropractor that told me my pelvis was tilted just looked at me with my clothes on standing in front of him. And it is just my assumption that sit-ups caused the problem. Perhaps your husband should see a chiropractor.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Hi Pat, he was seeing a Chiropractor some months ago for his back (he got a free screening done at a local school fair and it showed he leaned a lot to the left) and then was advised to get treatment done and did go for about 6 sessions and then he just stopped. I'm wondering whether that had something to do with the pain he's getting now from his tail bone. I think he might have to revisit his chiropractor again so will see when he returns from Paraguay in 8 days. Darkwing gave me a link above so I've been reading up on it and going to forward it on to him so he can read too and will talk about it when he gets home. How are you? haven't seen you online for a while? how is the writing coming along?
@patgalca (12820)
• Orangeville, Ontario
10 Apr 08
Not all chiropractors should be considered equal. The first chiropractor I saw did not know what the cause was and gave me treatments. The treatments caused my sciatica to act us. She stopped the treatments and the pain in the butt returned. She actually said, "I hope you're not trying to have a baby!" as if it would be bad. Years later my physician tells me the baby is a good thing for the situation, and she was right. I have been online, but very little. I have been rushing around a lot lately with so many tasks. I have an editing job which I hope will bring in some good money, as well as more work. I'm still going to busy tomorrow and the rest of this weekend, oh geez, and all next week too. It never seems to end. I still pop in every day though.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Editing job? that's wonderful, congratulations :) I hope it goes very well for you Pat.
@gemini_rose (16208)
10 Apr 08
When I was at school, a boy pulled the chair out from under me as I went to sit on it, I landed on my backside rather painfully (the boy paid dearly at a later date for this) I had damaged my tailbone. I now suffer really badly at times with pain there, and this is further aggravated by sitting for long periods of time, and it is agony. I find it is worse now that I have shed some weight and so there is no padding there. I know how painful it is, so I really hope that it eases for him soon!
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Oh I remember so many of my friends having that done to them, the pulling of the chair. Nasty on the lower back and tail bone. I did bruise mine when I fell off my brothers skateboard and that hurt for quite some time. We are definitely going to get it checked when he returns from overseas. Thanks gemini_rose :)
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@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
10 Apr 08
Your husband has coccygodynia or tailbone pain. The coccyx, which the tailbone is called, is the last bone of the vertebral column. This tailbone pain can occur in men and women, but usually more in women. The pain can be acute and chronic, and can be caused by a number of factors. A fall onto the buttocks can cause this pain. Did he have any fall of late? If he sits a lot and has bad posture, it may also cause this pain. It can also be due to certain kinds of straining physical activities like cycling or rowing, where the ligaments have been worn out. Some people may have bony spurs on their coccyx, and if they are thin and haven't got the flesh around the area to act as a padding to protect the region where the spur is, the person feels pain sitting or trying to get up from sitting. The rectal area feels a burning pain. It is probably best for your hubby to see the doctor and seek medical treatment to relieve the symptom of pain in his tailbone. The doctor needs to see how the structural weakness in that part of the body can be strengthened to eliminate the problem altogether. I do hope he gets some help and the right treatment.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
As far as I am aware he hasn't fallen down but I know that he does not have any padding around that area. He does sit down for long periods of time at work and at home, and the pain is getting worse. He has had other back issues and has seen a chiropractor in the past too but I know he needs to see a doctor as soon as he gets back from Paraguay. Thanks for your response lexus, appreciate it.
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• China
10 Apr 08
If he doesn't have any fat on his bottom at all,I think the reason why he got a lot of pain is the habit. So maybe you should check it out what he has been doing all the time . Things differnt from before will be the reason.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I know that he sits down most of the time when he is at work so that's when it hurts the most. So when he gets back from his work trip, I'll make sure he sees someone about it. Thanks joey!
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@Deea48 (1168)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Perhaps he needs to bring one of those donut pillows when he is away to sit on. My sister had tail bone troubles, it turned out she was one of the rare few to have a tail duct, from when we had tails way back when. It would fill with fluid and cause her tons of pain, they finaly removed the duct. It healed and she never had anymore troubles. But to me it sounds like hubby needs to fatten up just abit for padding or maybe he needs a donut to sit on lol. Good luck, hope he finds some comfortable solution.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
hahaha that's what I said to him that he needs to fatten up or have some of mine. I suggested for him to use a soft cushion but you know men, he doesn't want to come across as being a wimp haha! Thanks for the laugh Deea :)
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
11 Apr 08
I have an office job. For the last 2 years I have been sitting on a tailbone pillow. Its not a donut, but it is split down the middle (like a butt) to accomodate where the tailbone normally rests. It helps IMMENSLY. I have no padding back there either. Tell him to sVck it up, get a pillow or quit b!tchin
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
11 Apr 08
hahahaha I will I will. What's the brand name of the pillow?
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
11 Apr 08
there isn't a brand name per say.. if you have a store in your area that sells medical supplies.. ask for the coxis pillow
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
12 Apr 08
k, thanks!
• United States
10 Apr 08
Does it bother him after he has been standing for a while or is it painful to bend is it easily agitated by any of this if so I would suggest seeing a specialist. I started having back problem in the lower area all the way doown to the tailbone I thought I was just working too much so I dropped to part time the pain got worse to the point where my husband said for me to quit for a couple months and see if it helped that was almost 2 years ago. There was no injury falling down or anything it just started hurting I saw a specialist and went through a series of back injections that would normally help I also had an rf procedure still no releif after a very painful test called a discogram I learned I had a degenerative spinal disorder and I am still searching for a way to help the pain without fusion surgery. I am about to try a bionic implant that masks the pain I hope it helps and I truly hope your husband does not have the same disorder it does get worse and is very painful. Take care
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I am sorry to hear what you are going through with your back and spinal disorder. That must be very painful and I hope you are able to get pain relief from the bionic implant. He has had back issues in the past and I'm wondering if that had something to do with it too. As far as I know it doesn't bother him when he stands, only when he sits or lies down. I'm definitely going to encourage him to see a doctor to check it out. Thanks for your response besoftandsweet and you take care too :) Welcome to Mylot by the way :)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Thank you very much it has been and still is very painful we have tried so much to stop the pain like you I hope the implant helps we are really trying to avoid fusion surgery because of the high risks I hope your husband is ok and theres nothing wrong the spine is nothing to take for granted and so easily can it stop our daily lives as we know it.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
10 Apr 08
As you said he really does need to go get checked out to find out what the problem is from. Some of the things that can cause soreness besides sitting for hours on a chair that does not have enough padding are: Falling cysts Repetitive straining rectal cancer pinched or damaged nerves You mentioned that he has no "meat" on his rear. That in itself could be the problem because they are more likely to feel bone spurs.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Thanks razcal for the list of things that may have caused the pain in his tailbone. I am currently looking at the cyst one which was also mentioned by another poster :) I think it's sore because he doesn't have padding there and he sits most of the time at work and at home. He has had back issues in the past so I'm wondering maybe that may have triggered the pain as well. I will most definitely get him to check it out by our doctor. Thanks again.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
By the way I like your new avatar - that's funny!
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
11 Apr 08
I wonder if you could get a bone spur on the tail bone? it could also be arthritis. I broke my coccyx, I was 7 mos pregnant at the time and it took a long time to heel, I could not sit down for several months it seemed... and although that was 19 years ago it still gives me grief and crunches when I have been on it too long. it is not something they can put a cast on, exactly.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Now that's a thought, it could be arthritis too. He is definitely going to see a doctor when he returns. Thanks Modestah.
@Hatley (127540)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Apr 08
Sounds like a broken tailbone andits going to take time to heal and there is not much a doctor can do for it really. I fell years ago on the ice back at the UOf S.D. and landed on my butt.I had such a sore tailbone It was just agony to sit. I went to the college doctor. theytook x rays and told me it was broken but that there was not a lot they could do. It would just have to heal by itself. I would recommend however that he see his doctor to be sure. good luck.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
11 Apr 08
Thanks Hatley. He is definitely going to see a doctor when he returns from Paragua. I hope it's not broken and just sore :)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Darkwing's information is absolutly perfect. Even if he broke his tailbone they would not do anything about it. However, if he is in that much pain, I would suggest that he see a physician to rule out any problems that could be causing the pain. I would stay away from a Chriopractor until this is resolved. While I do think that they can help certain situations, they can cause harm in other situations. If they do not know what they are doing when they do a neck adjustment they can cause strokes. I have had the kind of pain that your husband is having. At the time I was very young and very thin. I had to roll to my side in the tub before I sat up so my tail bone would not grate into the bottom of the tub. My physical therapist at the time suggested that I wear a tight girdle to pull my butt cheeks together to give me some padding. He needs to rule out other problems and get some suggestions for comfort. Is he taking any analgesics right now to ease his pain? Good luck, I hope he feels better soon.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Physical therapy does wonders for me when I've injured myself. I had a herniated disc late last year and chose not to go the surgical route and instead chose physical therapy and it worked for me. I don't have any pain except when I slouch in a chair. Darkwing's link she provided most definitely gave us lots of information and will get him in to see our family doctor and go from there. Thanks for sharing zydecokitten :) and welcome to Mylot!