Coccydynia is underrated and excruciating

Robyn, USA -

Posted 2018-01-28

I have managed to live a normal, healthy and productive life since breaking my tailbone/coccyx during childbirth 16 years ago. I am now 39 and this was my 1st of 2 children. I wasn't told about the injury after a long dry birth and for years I assumed the pain I felt was all relative. I'm disappointed in the medical community for not providing adequate follow up and sincerely wonder how many other women have dealt with this after giving birth, and weren't told anything until enduring pain years later?

I am also curious if anyone knows if a broken tailbone is left untreated for 16 years and is now developing arthritis, is a Coccygectomy still an option? While walking on my back, my youngest son told me that it feels like broken glass on the beach!!!! That made me wonder if it could be shattered? I have insurance and will eventually get an X-Ray but I'm too busy to start that process at the moment. Can that small bone shatter during/after childbirth?

My last question is for anyone who has had a Coccygectomy, once they remove your tailbone I can imagine the inflammation is gone once the pain is, does your rear end still look the same? I'm not vain, just curious and like advice from experience!

I'm tired of aching constantly and began taking a MSM supplement with Glucosamine grasping for relief!

Please feel free to email me with your experience, expertise or answers to any of the above questions. I'm not settling for neuro-pain management, I'd resort to acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments and herbal supplements forever if pain killers are involved in long term relief. Thank you for any advice you can offer. I know basic stretches and medical options but I must know what happens to the lower back/buttocks once your tailbone is removed. I realize how small the fractured piece is and fear that mine may be more than just a fractured coccyx.

Any and all advice is appreciated. I'm always happy to hear your stories if you're open to sharing them with me?

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.

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