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I am a 37 year old male from Botswana. My coccyx pain started one morning at the end of beginning of Feb 2010. I went to bed on a Sunday night and woke up the following morning with what seemed like mild pain down there. I dismissed the pain as a boil, which I get now and then, and prepared to go to work. It takes about an hour in the traffic to get to work.
When I got to work and tried to get out of the car, then the pain had intensified so much that I had to put my hands on top of the car with the door open and use the other hand to push me up!! I could barely walk. After failing to sit down for 5 straight minutes I knew I had to investigate the pain further so I headed to the rest-rooms where for the first time I knew that the coccyx can be so painful. Needless to say, I took the week off after consultation with the Dr. I took 2 months off work since I could not sit.
In the meantime, I did a lot of physiotherapy 2-3 times a week. This assisted quite a bit (Pain decreased by 30% and was able to go back to work at the end of March). I didn't take pain killers out of fear of developing a dependency on them. However, I needed to avoid situations where I could sit for a long time, hence I went to work a little later and knocked off a little early (30 mins). I also bought a chair called back-friend which is great to sit on. I use it at work.
Anyway, the physiotherapy lasted about 4 months, during which someone suggested sitting in a hot-water bath (like women do after giving birth). The pain decreased noticeably (by about 60%) and I continued with that for the next 8 months (until Oct/Nov 2010). In the meantime, I took up swimming and jogging, volleyball etc, sports that have little adverse effect on the coccyx. In fact, I noticed that if I didn't do the hot water thing, the pain would increase noticeably.
I cannot put a finger on the cause of my pain. However, 6 months prior to the pain occurring, I had changed jobs and the new one required me to sit and read for long periods of time (computer work). In retrospect, I noticed that about 60% of my time at work I would sit down early in the morning and never get up until lunchtime. My back became hunched - something the physiotherapist picked when she asked me to sit down - allowing the coccyx to touch the seat cushion. Also, in Dec 2009, I took a month long leave and drove long distances a lot - sometimes over 1000 km in one day or a couple of days. This all put pressure of my coccyx I believe. I took the X-Rays, MRI, physical exams - everything I could to try to find out the cause of the pain. All were clear or normal, thankfully.
Three weeks ago, I stumbled upon this site. The experience of R. K. Hennessy made me think I should try the exercises. I was already going to the gym since Sept, so adding more reps to my squats would be a piece of cake. I was doing about 100 squats (10 sets of 10 reps) with 10 kg weights once a week. So I increased the repetitions to 20 over 10 sets. Lo and behold the pain noticeably reduced to the point where I think it will be gone within the next 2 weeks. I became aware that it was not the bone which was painful, but some muscles or nerves or tissue - basically some flesh was to blame for the pain, not the bone itself at the moment. That's a huge relief.
On a scale of 1 to 10, my pain had reduced to about 1 before adding the higher rep squats last week. This week, I increased the reps to 30 with 12 sets on the 10 kg dumbbell. I intend to do the weightless squats during the week as well, however perhaps doing only 3 sets of 30 reps. Since my posture has been poor, I also do some sit-ups, press-ups and rotate back exercises to strengthen my back during the week. The results are good: I can sit for close to an hour without hunching anymore. This is necessary since I am now taking classes and some lessons offer breaks only after an hour has passed.
I hope by the end of December 2010 I will be pain free. Thanks for this wonderful site. I wish I had searched for it sooner.
I continued doing the squats - adding about 100 each week. By the 1st week of Dec 2010, I was doing close to 400 squats each week. By then, I had no pain whatsoever on the coccyx. I guess it stopped during the last week of Nov 2010. I have therefore been pain free since then. The squats also strengthen the back, shoulder and neck muscles by the way, so I found that they assisted in improving my posture overall.
I would recommend that those whose only problem is sitting for long periods should take breaks - the normal sensible and balanced lifestyle would do you just fine - rest, exercise etc.
Thanks once again to this site and the wonderful (tho painful) experiences posted here.
In 2014, I found out that I had systemic candida infection. This was so bad that my white blood cell count was so low I could have gone into a coma in a year or less. My Dr and I knew that my white blood cell count was going lower each year in 2010 when I had the coccyx pain, but we didn't understand why.
Anyway, after the diagnosis, I did a lot of research on candida and found out that it can indeed infect the bones. I have been cleaning my body of the candida infection since Jan 2014, slowly but successfully. AT various times during the cleanse, I would wake up with pains in various bones in my body: chest, legs, feet, arms and hands, ribs etc.
Lately, the bones in the coccyx had their turn in Dec 2018. I have been doing the squats and generally taking care of myself, therefore there was no external force applied or posture issues. It came out of the blue. In fact the pain started after taking a shower( standing); I woke up with no pain and even completed the shower with no pain.
I then did the following, having done some research over the years to clean out candida from my body:
1. Carried on with the squats for 3 days, but the pain did not subside.
2. Mixed apple cider vinegar (with mother) and aloe vera juice at ratio of 1:1, and put that into a bottle.
3. Carefully applied the mixture into the coccyx, massaging it around the area firmly throughout the day.
4. Applied tiger balm to the area once a day in the evening before going to bed.
Within 2 days, the pain was more localised to the 3rd bone from the tailbone up. Within a week, the pain was all gone.