Pain in the 'sits' bone area, not tailbone

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   Posted 2/27/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I have severe pain in my 'sits' bone area.  I've had xrays, mri, and cortisone shots.  This pain is very bad when I sit.  I told the doctor I feel like it is muscle-like the spot where the hamstring muscle ends.  The shots helped for a short time and I do yoga and gentle stretching.  I've used pillows to sit on, heat and I am on anti-inflammatory twice a day.  The pain makes long car trips almost impossible.

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   Posted 2/27/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Puppylover, Welcome to the forum.  this is a wonderful place with the nicest, kindest people.  I hope you will enjoy your experience here.
Have you been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?  I do have pain in that area also but not to the extent you seem to have it.  Hopefully, someone witll be able to answer your question.  Hugs, Denise 

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   Posted 2/27/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I was recently diagnosed even though I feel like I've had it for a long time. I have a new doctor who listened to me when I told him that I hurt all over and get up almost every night to soak in the bathtub in very warm water, sometimes more than once a night. I am pretty active and tolerated the pain for years but it recently became worse, especially in the 'sits' area. I do also have arthritis in my hips and lower spine but I felt this pain was different. My hamstrings hurt also when I sit but feel better when I exercise and then stretch. I use to work with a trainer to learn the correct way to do yoga and stretch. Someone sent me info on this forum today. It was great just to read that I'm not the only one feeling so sore. None of my friends have the aches that I seem to have and I don't remember my mother ever hurting so much, although her sister did have fibro. Thanks for the reply.

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   Posted 2/28/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Puppylover, and welcome!  It sure sounds like you are doing everything right.  The only thing I might suggest is one of those back vibrators that you put in a chair.  I have one and it works on the back and the buttock, too, and it also has heat. 
Check out the Fibro 101 thread.  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia, including a list of gentle stretches that you can do sitting down.  Maybe one of those will help you.  You might want to check out the malic acid/magnesium link, too.  Many with fibro are deficient in these nutrients and also deficient in vitamin D and these all can cause pain.  Perhaps trying this might help with the muscular pain. 
I'm so glad that you found us and joined in.  We have a lot of great members on this forum and they really do care about one another.  So, read back posts, ask question and we will try to help as much as possible.  Hope to hear from you soon.

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   Posted 2/28/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Well.. Welcome Puppylover!!  You're in good company here.. most of us love our puppies too, along with kitties and a host of other critters!!!

I have pain in that area too.. my hips and tailbone area are very ouchy most of the time.  I have (as you can see in my signature) some disk herniations.. they're all in my lumbar area.  I also smashed my tailbone to bits around 30 years ago (fell off of a 3 story hay loft and landed on a water spicket (sp?) with my tailbone).  I've always attributed my back and tailbone pain to that.  I just wanted to let you know I CAN RELATE to the pain you are having.

Since you know how to stretch that's more than half of the battle.  If you can stand getting into a hot bath tub that might help.. moist heat works REALLY well.  If you can't do the tub then take warm showers.

Just wanted to say hi.. and welcome you to this wonderful forum.  Keep posting and let us know how you're doing.

Take care,

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   Posted 2/28/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies.  I'll try one of those massagers.  I really have been feeling better since I was diagnosed several weeks ago and started on new medicenes. I started amitriptyline at bedtime and I don't think I have slept this well in many, many years.  My voltaren has been increased also and my all over pain is better.  I really think if I keep up my exercise and stretching program I will continue to improve.  I try to be very positive.  I also plan to take a better look at my diet and see where I can improve it for all over good health. I still hurt when I sit but I'm trying to avoid long periods of sitting in one spot.  Thanks again.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

I came across your message while searching for something else on the internet. So I just had to signup so I could reply to you.

I also have severe pain in the area of the ischial tuberosity. I have spend 5 years trying to determine what the issue is. I have tried the cortizone shots, warm bath water twice a day ( which did help), phy therapy (it helped as well) . Things seem to bring down the pain a bit, but never did it go away and it always got worse again.

I have had 5 mris, specialits across the crountry..and then..a radioligist told me to have an mri with contract. This type of mri will show if there is any growths in the sciatic notch or any where else around the nerve, inflamation,( same sort of things as a normal mri) however they are also able to tell if there is an increased signal.  My mri results showed a diffused increase and at what location it was coming from. 

To treat the pain i take percoset. 10-12 a day. alot. I am trying neurontin again - just started not sure how it will work.

I found a surgin that specializes in nervers. He has helped others with the same issue by fixing the nerve.  here is his website:

Have you had an MRI with contract? If so what was the results?

One other thing, i use swedish bitters capsaicin cream. This is over the counter and really helps with the shoting nerve pain.

I hope my story and results help you, at least a little. I know when i was looking for answers, they were hard to come by.








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   Posted 10/21/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had pain as you describe also. It was pretty severe for a few months and now it has gone away...I go to a Chiropractor and I walk alot. I cant tell you if either of these "cured" it or why it went away. Very painful . Sorry to hear about it. Hope you get some relief. smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 10/22/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I really believe my pain is caused by the fibro.  As long as I stick to a strict exercise and stretching routine the pain is better.  I stretch my hamstrings slowly everyday after warming up.  I also soak in a hot tub of water.  Right now I'm only on Tylenol because I had a bad side effect from Voltaren, but I am going to my doctor next week to discuss finding something else to take--the Tylenol doesn't help completely.  I had a regular MRI which showed arthritis in my hips and lower spine as well as a bulging disc.  I am considering going back to chiropractic care which has helped on the past.
I hope this helps Tilemaker.  I did find the article interesting.  I really now have all over pain and I'm sure that the 'sits' bone pain is fibro related.  In fact right now its my shoulders that are really bad.  Fibro is a weird condition! :-)
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   Posted 10/26/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I have some pains in that area lately. I find when I bend over, like if I was going to touch my toes, there is a tight line of pain that goes right down the centre of each cheek. It is a new pain for me, and tonight when I sat down at my computer, those spots hurt too, but only for a few minutes. I do have a lot of pain - have since I was in my teens - in the tailbone area, and sitting in a reclined position or in a too soft chair is incredibly painful fo rme. When I was young a doc said my tailbone seemed to be pushed to one side a bit too much. But I don't know if that coudl cause so much pain.
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   Posted 4/15/2011 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi - was looking for cushion and came across this - I have the symptoms described but not fibromyalgia - mine is result of car accident over 5 years ago. It is awful - can't travel except on train where I can move around.

Does anyone know where I can get a donut pillow that is off center?? so I can relieve the pressure on that side?
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