Coccyx pain and surrounding muscle spasms

Aimee -

Hi, I am so glad that I found this website to know that I am not alone with this. However, I see that most people are complaining of pain in the coccyx, and no one is stating that they have pain in the surround muscles.

My pain started about 6 months after I gave birth to my second child. The birth was quite easy and there were no complications. I just started having severe pain in the rectal area. I finally went to the MD thinking that is was sciatica since I did have some pain shooting down into my legs. I went through a course of anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. I knew from day one that they did not know how to help me because they were insistent that they pain was related to hip and just basically gave me exercises to do. I gave up after a few treatments because they were not listening to me about where the pain is.

Then I decided to try the chiropractor. While he did seem to help with some of the pain through ultrasound, massage (minimally) and manipulations, he was unable to alleviate the bulk of the pain. So he sent me to a pain specialist. As soon as I mentioned the pain in my coccyx area, he did a manual examination and put his finger right on the spot that hurt and diagnosed me with coccydynia. He recommended NSAIDS and muscle relaxers and some pain medications. It did not work. So we did the cortisone shot around the coccyx. This did seem to work for about a year, but now the pain is back but different. It seems to be more muscular and massage relieves it temporarily (like 10 minutes). The pain wakes me up every night and I have difficulty walking or biking. I do not have the unstable bone and do not need surgery, thank goodness, but I was wondering if anyone else was having so much trouble the musculature surrounding their coccyx.

I work with handicapped children in their homes so I spend a lot of time on the floor with my legs extended while I work with the children and sitting a lot in my car. I saw website for a wedge (sacro-coccyx) but now I can't seem to find it and was wondering if anyone had tried it. Apparently you lay down on it for like 10 minutes at a time.

Please help if you can.


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