Crooked tailbone and pain

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 22185
   Posted 3/19/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
So now I know why my tailbone hurts all the time.  It curves to the right.  Before I would have random bouts of pain but lately it's been hurting really bad.  It feels like I'm sitting on a ball and it hurts to walk or when I first sit.  I have been seeing a chiropractor and have had 4 visits so far and it seems to be working but the things he does is not helping my tailbone much.  The rest of my back is feeling better though - yay! smile
 
I decided to go see my primary and see if she can do something about the pain - I will see on Monday if I can get in to see her earlier then the 29th that was first proposed.  For anyone that has had this type of pain, what did you do for it?  I know what the docs do to straighten it and right now I don't care how they do it, I just want it done.  It's gotten to the point where I don't care - just fix me!  Right now I am sitting on a donut (which only helps marginally) and I use ice packs on occasion.  Intead of doing an invasive procedure that the straightening entails, can a doc do cortisone injections or is that just putting off the inevitable?
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(6 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**~Allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome~Sacroiliitis~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~Epidural injections (2 series of 3), OA (hands and spine)-Tylonel Arthritis, Celebrex, Fibromyalgia (diagnosis pending)
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


kimber9807
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 492
   Posted 3/19/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi red, I frractured my tailbone about six years ago . I dont know if its the same but I treated the pain with a donut pillow,pain meds and used alot of ice. It still acts up once in awhile . I know in some cases they can give you injections in your tailbonme for pain and in severe cases when nothing else works they can remove your tailbone. It didnt come to that with me . Just thought I would share my experience. I hope your pain lessens and you can see your dr soon. good luck.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.


MIKEL99
Veteran Member


Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 914
   Posted 3/19/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Red I've posting here for awhile but didn't know you were forum moderator so I thought I'd say hi .I do hope your issues with your tail bone can be helped or improved and that your pain decreases significantly .Good job investigating and by all means choose what you think is best , right on !! Best of Luck sincerely Mikel
HIV+ also Hep c , need hip replacement surgery on hold because of unknown but cellulitus-like ailment  .most pain from hip condition and cellulitus-like ailment .hands numb may have carpal tunnel syndrome now . Great frustration because doctors unable to diagnos ailment              .Medecines - Oxycontin , percocet ,  Celelbrex , lasix .    '                                                                                                                         


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 22185
   Posted 3/19/2010 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi back at ya Mikel. But I am not a moderator for this forum (I moderate the Ulcerative colitis and Allergies/Asthma forums), just cruising in to find some support and help. :) And thank you!

Kimber, I have the donut and it does help but I still feel a sharp shooting pain sometimes. I sure hope the doc will fix me and not just say "Give it time" because I have been dealing with this for a long time already! lol So you didn't have the cortisone injections yourself?
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(6 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**~Allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome~Sacroiliitis~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~Epidural injections (2 series of 3), OA (hands and spine)-Tylonel Arthritis, Celebrex, Fibromyalgia (diagnosis pending)
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


Hound-Dog
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 182
   Posted 3/20/2010 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Red : I was in your position about thirteen years ago.My broken tailbone had healed crooked after a truck accident two years previous.Every step I took with my left leg caused my tailbone to pull forward and to the left because the ligaments had been ripped off the coccyx on that side and healed short and tight. This aggravation caused my coccyx to press into my prostate and gave me the sitting on a tennis ball feeling from the swollen prostate.Life was painful and I, like you, wanted the pain to end,whatever it took......The way they re-break your coccyx is by sticking their fingers in your rectum,grabbing the coccyx and snapping it with a sharp twist.My incompetent specialist got too rammy with his snapping and stretched my pudendal nerves too far out of the rest of my spine.The nerves never receded back and have left me with pudendal nerve entrapment (google it).I have required ever increasing doses of morphine (almost 500 mg/day now...11 years later) just so I can put weight on my legs and shuffle around the house and yard with my canes.I am never totally without pain but thankfully it is being controlled.Some of my rectal muscles ended up paralyzed as well as some other not so fun sexual problems came with the deal.I can't comment on coccyx removal nor am I trying to say that you will have the same negative results with a coccyx re-break as I have but PLEASE think long and hard about letting Dr.'s mess around with your spine.I hope the best for you Red and may God Bless.Take care......Rod

kimber9807
Regular Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 492
   Posted 3/20/2010 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Red,No I didnt receive the cortisone injections. good luck.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis and aslo gallbladder disease aka biliary colic.
 
meds:bentyl,zofran aciphex ,ambien and  trazodone.


PAlady
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 3/20/2010 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Red,
I haven't wanted to comment but I have to echo some of what Hound Dog is saying about being careful of doctors - including chiropractors - manipulating your spine. I know there are times chiropractors can be helpful, especially with the lumbar spine, but they can also do damage. They are NOT M.D.'s or D.O.'s - do not have the same level of training, even though they are allowed to use the term "doctor of chiropractic". I am not trying to say they're all bad, but just that their training is very different, they pretty much will always find a list of things wrong with your spine, and can sometimes end up costing you an arm and a leg (literally and figuratively).

I know you are desperate to find relief, as are we all, and we all walk into some things out of that desperation. I'm not saying not to go, but do some really good research on chiropractics and also on the mechanics of the spine.

The coccyx (tailbone) is actually not one bone; it's a series of several small bones which are not connected in a healthy spine. Injury to the coccyx can take a long, long time to heal no matter what kind of treatment, so part of this may end up being patience on your part. My suggestion would be to also consult a good orthopedic specialist (I know you've seen a lot of doctors before who haven't been helpful) and see what they say about whether chiropractics can help you. Or maybe a good physiatrist, who is a specialist in physical medicine (different from a psychiatrist!), as they understand all types of PT, chiropractics, etc. and could give you a good second opinion.

Do you have a teaching hospital near you where there's a good team of spine specialists who could maybe give you a second opinion?

Like Hound Dog said, the wrong kind of treatment can be dangerous here. There are a lot of nerves in and around the tailbone, and also stretched ligaments may or may not heal. They're not the same as muscle or tendon; ligaments are the next strongest thing to bone in our body. When they are stretched such as from a fall or injury they may have to be tightened surgically, or maybe over time via exercise and other treatments.

Don't know if any of this helps, but I'm just a little concerned about you putting all your eggs in the basket of this chiro. out of desperation - yet I KNOW the feeling well and am not judging you!

PaLady

Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 22185
   Posted 3/20/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope, not all the eggs are in one basket with the chiro just a couple :) You're right, I HAVE seen a lot of doctors, not a single one could give me an answer for my back pain. I did my research about chiro's and have been deliberating about seeing one for the past 5 years or so. After exhausting all my avenues with conventional medicine, I decided to give this chiro a shot. I did my research on him as well and he comes highly recommended. He has been definately helping my lower back pain and I was actually able to take a walk the other day with no pain and no limping. I can not take narcotic pain relievers as I am allergic to many and I can't take anti-inflammatories because of my Uc. I was and still am stuck in between a rock and a hard place. And no worries, I don't feel you are judging me in the least but offering helpful and kind words of advice. Duly noted btw :)

I have a HMO so my doc choices are limited unless I want to pay out of pocket to see someone out of my network. I don't have the money for that since I'm sure you are aware that specialists are expensive. So for now, I am going to have to put my trust in my primary and maybe when I see her I can have her send me to see someone else to help me with my tailbone if she is unable. As far as I know, I did no injury to the tailbone. It started out as random pain and has slowly been progressing - over the course of 4 years or so - to where I am at the point that I am now.


 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(6 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**~Allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome~Sacroiliitis~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~Epidural injections (2 series of 3), OA (hands and spine)-Tylonel Arthritis, Celebrex, Fibromyalgia (diagnosis pending)
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


Hound-Dog
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 182
   Posted 3/22/2010 1:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Red 34......I don't know if this applies in your case but many women have developed PNE (pudendal nerve entrapment) when the coccyx was stretched too far back during childbirth.I hope you can find some relief soon.Take care..........Rod

Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 22185
   Posted 3/22/2010 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Rod, I have never heard of PNE so I looked it up. I do have some of those symptoms - never had the numbness or tingling though, at least not in my buttocks but my feet. And might also explain why the donut I sit on only helps marginally. But this is one possibility I can bring up to my primary - thanks so much!
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(6 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**~Allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome~Sacroiliitis~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~Epidural injections (2 series of 3), OA (hands and spine)-Tylonel Arthritis, Celebrex, Fibromyalgia (diagnosis pending)
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


Stac/Catz4
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 358
   Posted 3/22/2010 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Red,
I hope you get some relief soon, don't quit looking for help. When I was 12 years old, I was sitting on a basketball, on asphalt. Some boy came running up to me and before I could react, he kicked the basketball out from under me. I literally could not walk for a week and my Mother, for some stange reason, didn't take me to the doctor. When I was 25, my back really began hurting terribly. It had hurt since the incident, but it got really bad. I went to my dr who took an ex-ray and told me I had in fact, broken my tail bone all those years before. I went on with my life doing the things I'd done since I was 12. I have always lifted myself if I'm on my back by leaning (ususally) to the left, I have to do the same in the bath. I can't do sit ups or anything that puts any pressure on my tail bone. I'm 51 now and it doesn't hurt all the time anymore, but it does cause discomfort in many ways. Take care and see a dr about the options you have. I didn't know I had options until I was 45 years old!
Catz4
I'm called Cat, but as there are few other Cat's on here, I put the number of cats I have and combined it to spell out Catz4
DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.
 
 


Snowbunny21
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 3557
   Posted 3/22/2010 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry...

I am pretty new to the forum so don't think we have 'met'...I just wanted to say that I see in your signature that you do have cervical disc issues...and my Neurosurgeon..who is well known in the US and people travel from around the world to see him...said that anyone with documented disc bulges or herniations can have irrerversable damage from Chiropractic manipulation of the spine...even possible paralysis...He says that for me...I am so lucky that I never went that route as things were herniated so badly that if I did have that type of treatment it could have paralysed or killed me

I know that you are desperate to find answers but PLEASE be very careful....

I would think that finding a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon to look at your spine/tailbone would be the best bet..It took me a few years to find the best Dr.s as there are good/bad one's out there..but totally worth that time to find my Team now that helps me live the best life I can with chronic pain..
And just seeing a Surgeon does not mean surgery...it just means they are Board Certified and have the absolute most years of training and up to date knowledge of diagnostic tests as this is all they study...

I really am just giving my personal opinion..and not trying to diss Chiro's...but just feel so strongly that our spine is too delicate and dangerous to be manipulated..so just really don't want to see you get hurt:(

I really do wish you success in helping with your pain whatever you choose to do..I know what it's like to live in pain...

So sending you some Big Hugs (( ))


SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 

Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 3/22/2010 1:23:53 PM (GMT-6)


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 22185
   Posted 3/23/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Just an update, I got in to see the doc. It isn't my tailbone afterall but my Sacroiilitis acting up - it just happens to be acting up in a different area then before.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(6 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**~Allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome~Sacroiliitis~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~Epidural injections (2 series of 3), OA (hands and spine)-Tylonel Arthritis, Celebrex, Fibromyalgia (diagnosis pending)
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


Snowbunny21
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 3557
   Posted 3/23/2010 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you at least have some answers..did they suggest anything to help with the pain?

I sure hope you get over this flare soon...

Thanks for keeping us posted:)
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 22185
   Posted 3/23/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought it a bit funny but my doc suggested I see one of their residents who does manipulation since I've had cortisone injections in my SI before but they didn't work.


 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(6 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**~Allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome~Sacroiliitis~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~Epidural injections (2 series of 3), OA (hands and spine)-Tylonel Arthritis, Celebrex, Fibromyalgia (diagnosis pending)
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


PAlady
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 3/23/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Red,
I think I mentioned I've had issues with my SI joint - one part of my overall spine issues. I was fortunate to have an experienced PT who also knew how to do a few gentle manipulation moves with the SI joint, and even now I kind of know when the ligaments have loosened enough that it's out of place and I'll go in to see him, and he just puts me on my side and gently rolls it back in. Trick is getting it to stay.

It's odd but when my SI joint gets back the numbness and tingling in both feet also gets really bad. All my pain increases. My PT has tried to educate me that when I took the bad fall that started all my problems, I probably stretched the ligaments that hold the SI joint in place. He said you don't "strengthen" ligaments like you do a muscle, you can only tighten them. So he showed me exercises to do to try to keep them tight enough for the most part, which I still do twice/day. And then there's what's called an SI joint belt that you wear for 6 weeks or so that can also help tighten them. I put the belt on if I'm even going to move something around or get in any kind of odd position (which is rare due to the rest of my back issues). Anyway, just thought I'd share that because maybe the resident can help not just with manipulation, but showing you exercises and maybe the belt. These SI joints of ours I think create a lot of havoc - but a lot of docs don't pick up on them, or don't know what to do. I really lucked out with my PT.

Let us know how it goes.

PaLady

Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 22185
   Posted 3/23/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I remember you talking about your SI issues. Mine aren't as bad as yours and by just my own experience my heart goes out to you for having to deal with a more serious problem with your SI's then me. You're a strong lady for sure. That belt sounds interesting and when I see the resident I may see what she says about that. I found out thru the chiro that my hips are misaligned and my SI joints are bit deformed. He mentioned that I may have been born like that and that really makes sense because I have had lower back pain all my life starting in my early teens. But it wasn't until I was in a car accident 14 years ago that the lower back pain intensified as well as my neck issues - I had whiplash.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(6 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**~Allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome~Sacroiliitis~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~Epidural injections (2 series of 3), OA (hands and spine)-Tylonel Arthritis, Celebrex, Fibromyalgia (diagnosis pending)
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


Snowbunny21
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 3557
   Posted 3/23/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope that whatever treatment they end up doing will help you lessen the pain...I'll say some prayers for ya:)

Hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:22 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,301,343 posts in 255,525 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 159823 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, TIPPERSMOMTWO.
175 Guest(s), 3 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
MarieLS, JNF, Mattie2828


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest  Follow HealingWell.com on YouTube
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2014 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer