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Tailbone Pain

I can't afford to go see a doctor about this,
but after doing a pilates class about 6 months ago
my tailbone ( I believe it is the coccyx portion) has dull pain whenever I sit back on it.

It isn't life threatening, but it is supremely annoying,
especially since I have to sit in lectures all day.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to treat it?

Thanks for reading my somewhat off-topic post!

Thu. Nov 9, 12:20am

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I'm a nurse. It sounds like you bruised your coccyx which is quite painful and becasue you're sitting all day may take awhile to heal. It is surprising that you could injure it in a Pilates class. Did you fall or sit down abruptly? Could you have a bone densitey problem?

Thursday, November 09, 2006, 7:00 AM

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IANAD (I am not a doctor) - in fact I don't even play one on TV, however I did just have a bad bout of lower back pain and I had severe tailbone pain as part of it (couldn't sit down at all without a doughnut pillow). My doctor had a simple test - if you touch/gently press the tailbone area and it is tender/painful, then the pain originates there (the coccyx), but if the area is not tender or painful, then the pain originates in the back and is due to some stress/injury of the spine or the muscles surrounding it.

Best wishes!

Thursday, November 09, 2006, 9:38 AM

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thanks for your responses.
i do have pain when i press on it.
and it is possible i did it somewhere else,
but i just can't remember anything abrupt
(perhaps from cycling?) so i just blamed it on
pilates :)

anyway, can i do anything? or do i just wait it out?
it's been so long now....

Thursday, November 09, 2006, 4:30 PM

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7 am poster...I'm a nurse, not a doctor and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. (Just joking with the other poster) There is quite a debate when it comes to applying ice or heat. I would suggest trying both and see which one provides the most comfort. Also try Ibuprofen, follow directions on the bottle, be sure to take with food. If these measures don't provide some relief you may have to bite the bullet and go to a doctor/urgent care center.

As far as working out, use common sense. If an activity causes you pain, you should not do it.

Thursday, November 09, 2006, 5:25 PM

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i've often had similar pain after biking. this summer I had it for quite awhile after pilates. so, i think both can bring it about.

Thursday, November 09, 2006, 10:28 PM

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