Coccyx bent inwards at 90 degrees

Jen -

Yesterday I was going out the door to walk my dog and the second I hit the first step I flew off the porch about 2-3 feet in the air and landed on my brick walkway on my tailbone. I had no idea that my steps were covered with ice. The pain was so excruciating it took my breath away and I had to lay there a minute and figure out how to get up. I immediately called my husband at work and told him that I thought I had really hurt myself. My PCP could not see me so I went to urgent care. Of course I could not sit down . . . the pain was awful.

I had x-rays that confirmed I had fractured my coccyx!! When shown the x-ray I was in shock, it was bent inward at a 90 degree angle. The nurse practitioner that saw me gave me a shot of Toradol which helped, and then prescribed me celebrex. Nothing is helping with the pain!!

I called the doctor at 0830 this am and as of 3 pm today has not returned my call!!! Geez do they not realize how very uncomfortable and painful this is?!! Anyways, the x-ray tech told me that the x-ray showed this to be an old fracture!! I did in the past fall on my butt on a slick deck 10 years ago but never experienced pain like I am having now. I wonder if it is possible that it had all the way bent without looking like a new fracture. Anyone else with a similar story?

Note from Jon Miles:

According to the doctors who specialise in this condtion, a diagnosis of a fractured coccyx is almost always wrong. Medical textbooks wrongly say that the coccyx is fused into a single bone, but in fact it is normally two or three bones. A fall can cause a dislocation between them, and when a doctor who is not experienced in this area sees separate pieces on the x-ray, at an angle to each other, he or she assumes there must be a fracture.

Updated 2004-02-01

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