Michaelane, USA - email@example.com
The problem: After 20+ years with a desk job I developed tail bone pain one weekend after a very long car ride but no real trauma... so bad I eventually quit my job after a couple years. Pain with sitting especially after an hour, and extra sharp pain going from sitting to standing position. Very little pain in any other position or situation (but hey... that is like 1/3 of your life and not cool). I was the "butt" of jokes and got absolutely no help from my doctor (I MADE them take x-rays that showed my tailbone was curled under when my legs were pulled up in sitting position. They couldn't do a sitting x-ray so I laid on my side and pulled knees up. They offered no real help but made some lame suggestion like trying to improve my posture... makes me mad to think about it).
So on to the solution: I first scheduled an appointment with a pelvic specialist... they said my ligaments seemed to be stretched out and the thing was flopping around. They suggested Prolotherapy injections which is an alternative medical treatment that helps rebuild ligaments. I was totally ready to try this but promised a friend I would go to her chiropractor first. Let me just say I am a non-believer when it come to chiropractors. The first chiropractor said she didn't handle tailbones but sent me to another chiropractor that does, Dr. Peggy Brown Grantham (see Doctors and specialists in the USA, Kansas). SHE IS A MIRACLE WORKER!! Turns out I didn't have loose ligaments but had pelvic tightness that was pulling my tailbone out of position. The chiropractor explained she would try to manipulate my tailbone back into place first using 3 sessions of external manipulation and then 3 sessions of internal manipulation.
I am happy to report I felt 90% better after the first 3 sessions (which included releasing some muscle tension on one side of my lower buttocks). After doing the muscle release myself for about 2 more weeks I got 100% better all the time (been a year now). Life is good!!!!!!!
Please contact me if you are in KC area and think this person can help you.... not all tailbone is due to the same cause but if your problem sounds similar to mine the solution may be the same too. And shame on the mainstream medical community for often ignoring this issue.
Note from Jon Miles:
I emailed more than a year after this story was posted, to ask for an update, as the long-term outcome of treatment is of great interest. In this case I did not get a reply.