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My tail bone hurts sooo bad! Why? What to do?

My tail bone hurts sooo bad! Why? What to do?

Many things: Commonly trauma (injury to the area) causes pain in the coccyx (tailbone). Sometimes it fractures (breaks). Using a doughnut shaped pillow for sitting can take the pressure off so it heals. Sitting in warm water sometimes helps. If the pain does not improve with time, see your primary provider. In rare cases, rectal problems and tumors can cause pain in the area. ...Read more

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My tail bone hurts whenever I lay down. Why is this?

My tail bone hurts whenever I lay down. Why is this?

Need history/exam: Hard to tell. You need to have a thorough history and exam. Duration, severity, cause, etc need to be done. ...Read more

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My tail bone hurts when sitting for more than fifty minutes.?

My tail bone hurts when sitting for more than fifty minutes.?

Move around: Our tail bone has minimal padding over it (no muscle and little fat) and activities like sitting can cause pressure on the skin and bone, giving you pain. Use a pressure relieving pad such as a memory foam pad when you need to sit for long periods of time. It is not dangerous, but definitely uncomfortable! Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it bad that my tail bone hurts now after I take long trips?

Is it bad that my tail bone hurts now after I take long trips?

See below: Sounds like you have coccydynia or 'tailbone pain'. This can occur with trauma to the tail bone, abnormally positioned coccyx, or poor sitting posture. Try using a good lumbar support to help shift your pelvis forward. This will put the pressure on your ischium. (bottom part of pelvic bone), and will shift the weight off of your coccyx (tailbone). ...Read more

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My tail bone hurts for long time when on plane and unable to move. What can I do?

Pad: Use a memory foam pressure relieving pad on long trips in the car or on a plane. The inconvenience of carrying the pad is well worth the relief that you will experience. Good luck! ...Read more

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My tail bone hurts since I landed on it. What is the problem and what can you do to fix it?

My tail bone hurts since I landed on it. What is the problem and what can you do to fix it?

Coccyx bruise or fx: Most likely you bruised or fractured your coccyx, or tail bone. It is rarely a surgical problem, but it can take weeks or months to resolve. Generally, we recommend warm water sitz baths and over-the-counter analgesics like acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or naproxen. If it hurts to sit, buy a coccyx cushion. If the pain is severe, see an orthopaedist. ...Read more

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Whenever I sit on a hard surface, my tail bone hurts! Any idea what it is?

Whenever I sit on a hard surface, my tail bone hurts! Any idea what it is?

Coccydynia: Usually this is due to pain in the coccyx, or tailbone. Sometimes it comes from trauma, but other times there is no explanation. If it only hurts when sitting on hard surfaces, avoid doing so! If you have no choice, there are coccyx cushions that you can buy to relieve the pain, or you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. If the pain is severe see an orthopaedist. ...Read more

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My tail bone hurts and its swollen. I cant sit and in pain. What do I do?

My tail bone hurts and its swollen. I cant sit and in pain. What do I do?

Any recent trauma?: Tailbone pain is called coccydynia with many causes being unknown. Other causes include trauma (fracture), childbirth, prolonged sitting. Rarely, infection or bone tumor. Treatment includes anti-inflammatories and cushions and could take months. To be complete, see a physician and an xray maybe indicated. ...Read more

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When I do sit ups my tail bone hurts. Am I doing it wrong or should I use pad?

Use a pad: Situps are very difficult on the tailbone, especially if you are slim and have little padding over that area. Take care of yourself and use a pressure relieving pad! You will feel better, and be more effective in your exercise program with this. ...Read more

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I was doing sit ups earlier, now my lower back close to my tail bone hurts really bad and im shaking. It feel like someone hit me really hard.

I was doing sit ups earlier, now my lower back close to my tail bone hurts really bad and im shaking. It feel like someone hit me really hard.

Muscle strain: It sounds like you strained a muscle or tendon in your low back. Use ice on the area and take ibuprofen if the pain is severe. Take it easy for a few days. If the pain does not resolve soon, see a doctor. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of pain when tail bone hurts!?

How do you get rid of pain when tail bone hurts!?

Tail bone pain: The first thing to do is to try to figure out why you have the pain. Assuming any bad things like infection have been ruled out then conservative therapy with drugs like Ibuprofen and some "tincture of time" may work. More aggressive treatment includes ganglion impars blocks which are easy to do and are done by interventional pain management physicians. They can be very effective. ...Read more

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Fever of 101. Stung when urinating. Have a cyst by tail bone. Pain running from legs all the way up to my arms. What could cause all this?

See a doctor ASAP: You at least have a moderately severe uti, and potentially other severe issues. An infectious diseases expert or a urologist would be a good place to start. But go now. Do not wait. ...Read more

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I don't know what's going on. Having symptoms of IBS, bloating, discomfort, gas, nausea, constipated, diarrhea sometimes, and now my tail bone hurts?

I don't know what's going on. Having symptoms of IBS, bloating, discomfort, gas, nausea, constipated, diarrhea sometimes, and now my tail bone hurts?

IBS: 20's female w. migraines & dyspepsia suffers abdominal discomfort, "nauseousness" & alternating diarrhea & constipation. These symptoms are often seen in women w. Hypermobility Syndrome. Gastroenterologist consult needed for confirmation. If there are widespread myalgias, depression, sleeplessness, daytime fatigue & clouded mental process, a Rheumatologist might be consulted about fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Lower back near tail bone hurts so bad at times can barely walk this happens a lot 4 1/2 months pregnant what could it be and what can help the pain?

Cocccydynia??: Sounds like you may have coccydynia, due to inflamation of your tail bone. Since your not in your last trimester, might want to ask your obgyn if you can try anti inflamatory medication like alleve. If you have tried this, an injection in that region with a local steroid and local anesthesia usually helps. ...Read more

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I had a joint injections near my tailbone, my leg and lower back and tail bone hurts and it's numb, sick to stomach only taking advils (ibuprofen).is this normal?

I had a joint injections near my tailbone, my leg and lower back and tail bone hurts and it's numb, sick to stomach only taking advils (ibuprofen).is this normal?

Joint injections: It depends on what the joints were injected with. If the tail bone injection was a caudal epidural it may be numb for a while. The medication used in the joint injections may make you sick to your stomach I hope this helped ...Read more

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For what reason does my tail bone hurt?

See below: Sounds like you have coccydynia or 'tailbone pain'. This can occur with trauma to the tail bone, abnormally positioned coccyx, or poor sitting posture. Try using a good lumbar support to help shift your pelvis forward. This will put the pressure on your ischium. (bottom part of pelvic bone), and will shift the weight off of your coccyx (tailbone). ...Read more

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Is it normal for you tail bone to hurt during crunches?

It is if U R thin-: U should always do crunches on a mat or pad. This makes sense 4 everyone. ...Read more

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I injured my tail bone and when I get up it hurts and when I sit a certain way it hurts. What can I so get it better?

I injured my tail bone and when I get up it hurts and when I sit a certain way it hurts. What can I so get it better?

Elevate tailbone: Sit on a rolled up newspaper placed so there is no pressure on the tailbone when you sit. Circular pillows do not work. ...Read more

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For the last mth my tail bone has hurt. Usually after sitting. I'm kind of getting worried as there has been no injury. Any insight?

Many causes: Coccydynia is pain in or around the area of the coccyx, also called the tailbone. You have described the classic symptom. See your doctor for an inspection/palpation of this area to detect any abnormal masses or abscesses (infections). Anti-inflammatory medications, a doughnut cushion to take stress of it usually helps. Manipulation can help sometimes as well, surgery is rarely necessary. ...Read more

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Pain in my tail bone appeared over night but is getting worse as the day goes on. Especially hurts when getting up/walking but also hurts to sit now?

Pain in my tail bone appeared over night but is getting worse as the day goes on. Especially hurts when getting up/walking but also hurts to sit now?

Coccydynia: There is a medical condition known as Coccydynia that refers to pain coming from the tail bone (coccyx) itself, there are also other things in that area that can cause pain such as a polo ideal cyst, for example. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Broke tail bone a few years ago. Why does it still hurt?

Bone pain...: Any broken bone - can have continued soreness for a long time, but the coccyx (tail bone) - is different - it is even tougher to heal - guess why? - you sit on it - and in essence - "re-injure" it every time you sit down, but with enough time and no major re-injury - should calm down - eventually.. . . ...Read more

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Tail bone area hurts from biking seated, how can I stop the pain?

Move around: Our tail bone has minimal padding over it (no muscle and little fat) and activities like sitting can cause pressure on the skin and bone, giving you pain. Use a pressure relieving pad such as a memory foam pad when you need to sit for long periods of time. It is not dangerous, but definitely uncomfortable! Good luck! ...Read more

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Please explain why does my tail-bone hurt when I lift heavy objects?

Please explain why does my tail-bone hurt when I lift heavy objects?

Ligament strain: 32 yo, sex unknown, has "tailbone pain" with heavy lifting. Pain of coccyx, the "tailbone", if it is disordered, is aroused by direct pressure such as sitting, and not by lifting. Pain in the region of the sacrum and aroused by lifting is more characteristic of disorder of the pelvis joint called the "sacroiliac joint". See comments: ...Read more

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Hurt my tail bone and now it hurts to sit down and standing. What can I do?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I haven't don't nothin & my tail bone has hurt for about a month or two. Why?

Pilonidal cyst: May be related to a pilonidal cyst under the skin. See a general surgeon, as the cyst could be infected, and may need to be drained/removed. ...Read more

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My tail bone has been hurting for a few days. Whenever I sit down or lay it hurts. What could be wrong there?

Bruise or fracture?: It is possible that you injured it in some way. See your doctor for an examination. He may wish to order an x ray if that is what is going on. In the interim suggest you get a donut to sit on.-an inflatable ring that will allow you to sit without putting pressure on your tailbone. ...Read more

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Coccyx (Definition)

Coccyx is the triangular piece of bone at the end of the spine. It is commonly ...Read more