Pain in lower back/tail bone

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   Posted 11/25/2010 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
First off let me say this just started today, but it's completely random and hurts REALLY bad.

I've fallen to my knees at moments from it hurting so much.

Health conditions:
some other sleep condition (lack of REM)
others that i don't believe are needed

Okay Things that seem wrong:

Soft/wet stool
Terrible lowerback/tailbone pain

Every time i walk or bend down i get a large sharp like stabbing pain in my Tail bone/ lowerback

Any thing that you know of could be wrong Please respond.

Side note:
I know that this could just be a random pain , but I want to be careful due to the medical conditions I've listed above.

Post Edited (Carson19) : 11/25/2010 3:50:50 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/25/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry for your pain Carson. I'm afraid noone here is a Dr and we cannot diagnose your pain. If it continues or does not improve, or simply if it is too painful to deal with, I would suggest your local urgent care clinic or ER (since it is a Holiday). If it passes soon, perhaps you should just contact your dr on the next business day and see when you can get in.

I hope you have relief for Thanksgiving!
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   Posted 11/25/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
The pain maybe from your Scoliosis. I'd go see my doctor ASAP.

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   Posted 11/25/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   

I had a feeling there wasn't any doctors here , however i really only wanted some opinions on what other people thought it could be.

Normally scoliosis goes on w/o pain though since i'm on the hefty side (198)
I geuss it could be to much pressure on my lower back?M

Side note:
The pain seems to ne going on and of.

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   Posted 11/25/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Carson19!

Welcome to the forum! Well!....its hard to say what might be the problem, but with the symptoms you have, I would make an appointment with you're Dr right away.

Sorry, that I can't come up with a better answer, but there is really not much to go on, and it could be any number of things.

Please do report back when you know more. I assure you we will be here to support you. wink

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   Posted 11/25/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Carson--not sure how similar it is, but ages ago (mid to late teens, I'm 33 now) I was told by my doc that I have a calcium deposit *or* a cyst on my tailbone. I had some tremendous pain that did get worse when I would bend over, or shift my weight when I would be sitting. Over the years I've had flare-ups with it; it goes away completely, but every once in a while my tailbone gets really sore, even to the touch. I don't know if you could have anything like that, but I hope it goes away or at least gets better!


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   Posted 11/25/2010 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll contact my doctor ASAP
One Question, If it is a cyst would it need to be removed in surgery? or is there a specific medical treatment?

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   Posted 11/25/2010 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
When I first had it examined, they told me to just keep an eye on it, and that if it got any worse, having it removed might be a good idea. If it had stayed as painful as it was, I would have wanted to have it taken out. When it does flare up, it only lasts for a couple of days, then goes away, so I'm assuming it's fairly harmless, after all this time.

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   Posted 11/28/2010 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like it could (emphasis COULD -- I am not a doctor, and even if I was, I don't have your exhaustive imaging films in front of me so I can't say for certain) be Sacroiliitis. What you describe sounds a lot like what I feel, and I have sclerosis of the L5-S1 joint which radiates inflammation into the surrounding tissue, and is generally diagnosed as a form of Sacro-iliitis secondary to Reactive Arthritis/Reiter Syndrome. Similar disruption of L5-S1 can be produced by Ankylosing Spondylitis, among other conditions.
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   Posted 11/28/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep us posted as to how things go with your doctor.
Hope you can get a low pain day soon.
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   Posted 11/28/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carson19,

I am very sorry for your suffering and do not have any suggestions others have said.....see the doctor ASAP! I did, however, wanted to say welcome to our little family! Please keep us posted and take care of you!

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   Posted 11/28/2010 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carson -
First - if you lose control of your bowels or bladder you have to get help immediately in case it's "cauda equina."  Falling down might be in that category too.  You absolutely need to see a doctor.
I've got scoliosis and it eventually does cause pain.  Of course I've got some lordosis and kyphosis too.  All together they cause the discs to compress and that and the twisting and bending of the spine puts pressure on the nerves.  I've now got arthritis in my spine, nowhere else much at all, and that adds on to the nerve compression.  But you may have a bit of arthritis too, even if it hasn't been mentioned to you.
All the pain contributes to insomnia.  The only pain meds I tolerate, that I've found so far, are tramadol and vicodin, and I am a bit tolerant to vicodin.  The problem with tramadol is it only works for 4 hours.  I don't tolerate the extended release form - gets me in trouble with serotonin syndrome.
I see a pain doc who's been having me try all sorts of things.  PT didn't help at all, but insurance likes to see you've tried it.  MRIs help find the points where the nerves are getting squished.  There are a few types of spinal nerve injections - epidurals, facet joint, nerve root blocks - look them up.  The first type helped me for about a year.  After my doc and I figure out if there is any med that will help more (I'm not hopeful after 2 years of trying everything) I'm going to be getting a facet joint injection. 
Surgery is the last thing I want.  I'll wait until I can't walk because it's not a terrific alternative to meds and injections.

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   Posted 11/28/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Not to hyjack a thread, but the nerve ablation in the facet joints helps me so much. I'm scheduled for more on the 9th. Some are still working (the lower two), but the others have worn off. They couldn't get to the one in the facet joint where they broke the bones to use for my fusion (which didn't work anyway), but we should be able to get there this time. I'm going to try to make it through because this did me more good than anything else I've ever tried. It took about two weeks for the nerves to die the first time, and that time is more painful, but with the meds, the RFA is a wonderful addition fo rme. Good luck if you try that.
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   Posted 11/29/2010 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   

I've scheduled a doctors appointment for Monday.

I also have only had 2 times in my day today that this pain started up and it was very brief(10 seconds)

Thanks everyone for commenting and keeping me informed on what procedures i should follow! :)
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   Posted 11/29/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on your docs appointment. Hopefully they will find the cause of your pain.

I have Sacroiilitis, Scoliosis and arthritis. When I first started having Sacro problems, it started out pretty much like what you described. I would have sharp shooting pains across my hips and at times my tailbone just hurt like crazy. I could barely walk because it hurt so much. And I agree with Alcie, Scoliosis can indeed cause pain. I have a pretty significant curvature in my cervical spine and there are days that I can barely straighten up because the pain just makes it impossible. I also have a slight curvature in my lumbar spine. At times it feels like an elephant is sitting on my hips. Oh and also I have sciatic nerve issues. I get a sharp shooting pain that starts from my hips and sometimes runs down my leg - my leg even sometimes give out on me. When I bend over, my sciatic nerve sends that sharp pain.
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