My never ending coccyx pain

Sarah -

A couple years ago, I was in a car accident. At the time of the accident I was not injured and had no pain. The next day, while I was in the shower, I bent over and felt some pain in the tailbone area. The pain was not great and eventually went away. During the next year, the pain would come and go, but it was never intense and would eventually go away.

During the past year though, it has gotten worse. Here's the odd thing with me. I have pain when I stand! It is relieved when I am sitting.

I started a new job where I am standing 8 hours a day and the pain started getting worse. I would experience the pain every other day or half way through my work day. I decided to go see a chiropractor and she took some x-rays and told me that my coccyx is bent to the right. She tried manipulation on me that relieved the pain some but then it actually starting making it worse. She was too expensive for me so I quit going to her.

After that, the pain was worse. I would start feeling the pain everyday and only about an hour after I started working. I discovered the wonders of Ibuprofen which has helped me a lot. I could take a couple and would be fine the rest of the day. It was still a nuisance thought because some days the pills didn't work and I was constipated a lot. I also noticed...if anyone wants to hear it, when I use the stuff (poop) shaped funny. It is flat on one side and pointed on the other-and the side that is flat has a grove through it. I'm thinking that maybe this is the coccyx pushing against it.

One of my friends took me to her chiropractor and LORD HELP ME! That was the worst thing I could have done. The pain is now 50% more intense and has spread. I now have pain when I am standing, sitting, laying down. It never ends. The pain shoots down my leg and my foot even hurts. My whole right butt cheek is sore with pain and feels like the muscles are knotted up. I also now have lower back pain, and more discomfort and problems using the bathroom. The pain begins as soon as I get up in morning and doesn't stop. It is worse when I am standing though. I am now taking at least 6 Ibuprofen a day.

I feel like I am going to go crazy. I don't trust going to another chiropractor and I don't know what to do. I feel like no one takes me seriously but my fiance. People laugh when I say my butt hurts. At work, if I need to sit down, I get a hard time from my manager. She always wants to know why I'm sitting. She says "Are you on break?". and I say "NO. My butt hurts!" I work at a very busy retail store so I feel really bad when I need to sit.

I was thankful to find this site, but reading it makes me wonder if there really is any cure for this because there doesn't seem to be and that scares me. I can't go through this for the rest of my life and I am only 24! If the pain has doubled in 2 years, what is going to happen in 5 years?

Has anyone else had the same problem where the pain occurs while standing, not sitting? I would love to hear from someone that experiences this as well.

If anyone has any suggestion and wants to write me, my email is

Good luck to everyone on here!


Updated 2005-08-21

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