Coccyx dislocated through childbirth

Emma, UK

Posted 2013-12-29

I dislocated my coccyx when I gave birth to my first baby almost 4 years ago. The birth was quite quick and I was lying on my back, which I wouldn't recommend. I feel it may have actually been weakened through childbirth, and then actually dislocated when I sat down on a hard mattress about a week later. I heard a click sound and felt an enormous stabbing pain. After a couple of weeks, and feeling it painfully moving about every time I sat down or stood up, I saw my GP and she examined me and confirmed it was dislocated. She was lovely, and very sympathetic, but also told me that there was nothing to be done for it except give it time. It could take up to a year to heal, she said.

So I tried to get on with life with a new baby and a dislocated coccyx as best I could. I saw my GP a couple more times, and the pain did improve to a point. However, by the time my baby was one year old, the pain remained. I still couldn't sit for very long without feeling it, and I noticed it every time I stood up. My baby was 18 months old before I stopped noticing the coccyx pain every day, but it was still there on and off, particularly during my monthly period, when the inside of my legs and coccyx would really ache. Also when it rained heavily or was very cold.

When my child turned 2, I fell pregnant with my second child, and, as my GP had suggested I have a C Section with any further pregnancies, I went back to see her. I was referred to an obstetrician who was quite dismissive to begin with and referred me to an orthopaedic surgeon for his opinion. Months later, I finally had an appointment with him. He was a breath of fresh air, had bruised his own coccyx himself once as a boy so knew something of the pain, and backed up my GP that I should have an elective C section instead of attempting natural birth again. By the time I was 9 months pregnant, the coccyx pain had returned on a daily basis and I had to use a coccyx cushion to sit down leading up to the birth.

Anyway, I had my elective C section and I can honestly say it was the best decision. I really think my coccyx would have been left in an awful state if I had attempted another natural birth. Now, almost 4 years on from the initial dislocation, I rarely feel pain in my coccyx. It still makes itself known when it's rainy or cold, or if I sit for a long time, and I don't think it will ever be 100% right again, but life can continue as normal for me now. I just wanted to share my experience as I used to look on this website for advice during the time when I was at my lowest with the pain there were points when I honestly thought I would have to cope with the pain for the rest of my life and I didn't think another pregnancy was even an option for me. I felt like I was completely on my own with it, until I found this site, so I would like to share my story to give some hope to others in my position. It took ages for me to feel normal again, but I've got to 98% better at last!

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