Embarrassing bad habit caused my pain

Sam - offermepeaches@hotmail.com

Posted 2010-10-01

I'm only 31 years old and a guy. For about 2 years now, I've been experiencing chronic pain at the coccyx area. My job and lifestyle necessitates I sit down for hours at a time. The pain had shifted from being 'uncomfortable' to slightly painful and recently to excruciating sometimes at the end of a long day at the office. Worst still, long flights have become nightmares without pain killers!

I have a twin brother who does not have this condition. I believe the reason behind me developing an over-bent (forward) coccyx bone is an embarrassing habit I'll share with you.

To help me perform the number 2 in the toilet, I usually gently pressed with a finger the lower butt area while sitting down (at the coccyx). This boosts the bowel movement (I noticed by experience), helping me often when I'm traveling and feeling constipated. I believe that a few years of having this bad habit has caused my condition.

Although this bad habit might come across as harmless, years of doing it has had a toll on my coccyx bone and nerves at this area. Now I stopped this nonsense in the toilet, ordered a special Mayline Group chair with a tailbone cut-out and effected lifestyle changes to help me rid the pain once and for all. I hope this will sort this out permanently.

Any comment?


Update, 2012-01-15

I've had to deal with coccydynia for well over 2 years now. I have travelled to see Dr. Durtnall (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London) twice so far, he has been very helpful as he diagnosed a semi-fused coccyx joint. Since then, I've been exercising more (knee-up exercise) and having a pro-active approach to curing my condition (lying down flat every evening and acting like a victim will not solve my problem). However, Dr. Durtnall did not recommend more exercises other than the knee-up.

A few months later, I found out from your website about the weightless crunches/jogging/push-up cycle one poster mentioned here. I tried it, and to my joy it offered immediate relief all the time, the kind of relief that convinced me my issue is more muscular rather than bone-related.

With that conviction in mind, I finally travelled to see Dr. Rajveer Singh in Bangalore (see Doctors and specialists in India) (I live in the Gulf area which is close to India) who believes in exercises primarily to cure coccydynia. He is by far the friendliest, most courteous doctor I have ever met and on top of that has a wealth of knowledge on coccydynia. He sold me a special cushion (best cut-out cushion I've used) and a back rest for office chair and my car. He taught me a cycle of 10 exercises which take about 15 minutes to complete on a daily basis.

Well since I returned from India, I stopped using JointFlex cream every day. I feel energetic and don't feel crippled every night after a long day at work! Since I got better so much, I did abuse myself and sit for hours every day, and now have a little flare-up again. But that is because I need to exercise and ALSO maintain the recommended lifestyle (get up every 20 or 30 minutes, stretch, etc).

A year ago I was feeling crippled every night. Now I return home feeling energetic and look forward to any social gatherings if any, so my life is relatively back to normal. Thanks to Dr. Rajveer!

I highly recommend him.

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