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Old 07-22-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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Post Lower back pelvic pain in coccyx, sacrum area

Hi there,
Im a 59 yo and had hysterectomy(uterus and ovaries) 7 yrs ago. In last 6 mos, started having tightness, pain in pelvic area, specifically in sacrum, coccyx and glutes. Always worsens during the day, the longer I am up. I was using estraderm patch until 3 mos ago, then started using biest. I have also been diagnosed with osteopenia and mild arthritis in spine. Have been taking fosomax for 7 yrs. Dr. has me on noritriptyline for arthritis in spine. My spine isn't bothering me. My symptoms are lower down! Always thought my "older" years would be my time to enjoy life, but now my energy is drained dealing with being in pain most of the day. Would appreciate hearing any comments or similar stories. Thanx.

 
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Re: Lower back pelvic pain in coccyx, sacrum area

Hi Mariska,
I experience pain in these exact area's too, but I also broke my coccyx when I was young. However, I don't believe the pain I feel in this area is due to that break. Mine feels more internal, as in the digestive system. However, the pain does FEEL like it's bone, if that makes any sense. The reason I suspect it's the digestive system is because I experience the most pain when needing to have a bowel movement. The rest of the time it's an intermittant irritation with slight pain, if any.

This is just my personal experience, and not sure if it relates to yours at all. I have not been diagnosed with arthritis like you have; although in aging, ones bones can start to cause discomfort, especially in injured areas. I know mine have. So I've also amped my Calcium up to my age appropriate needs. This is essential to peri, menopausal & post-meno women as well, simply because our bones start to change then.

Also wanted to say that I sit a lot and was wondering if you do also? I've found this increases the problem & pain in these area's. So I now try to get up more & move around, or even lie down (I have other health issues too, that makes this necessary). Anway, just wanted to share that with you. Hopefully you'll discuss this with your doctor and get a referral to a bone specialist if you haven't already done so. Take care & God bless, ~Karen

 
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Re: Lower back pelvic pain in coccyx, sacrum area

Thanks for your response. I also sit too much. When I sit the pain is worse. If I could just stand all the time, it wouldn't be so bad. I've tried a doughnut pillow-it didn't work cause I was still sitting on the tailbone. Now have made a makeshift "V" raised platform so the tailbone is not resting on the chair (if that makes sense). I'm just not sure what can really be done if it's a bone problem. I also try to take upwards of 1500mg calcium, but don't always achieve that daily. Thanks for your words of advice.

 
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Re: Lower back pelvic pain in coccyx, sacrum area

i'm 57 and i too suffer from severe coccyx pain.
i invested in a cushion made from 'eggbox' foam with a 'U' shaped cutout just where it's needed, and all covered in a very thin, stretchy washable material. it's a wonderful thing and i use it all the time in the car. we do a lot of travelling as we have a caravan (don't know what you call them in america, maybe a trailer??) and spend about half the year away in it, driving thousands of miles all over europe.
i got mine from a local shop which sells all kinds of aids for disabled folk - beds, sticks, walkers, chairs, etc., but i do know they're sold on-line.
at home, i always sit side-ways on the sofa, with my legs tucked to one side to relieve the pressure. i've never been to the doctor about it, just assumed it's arthritis, which i have in lots of places (i have two metal hips). i believe it is an age thing, not a menopause symptom.

 
Old 07-25-2010, 02:14 PM   #5
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Re: Lower back pelvic pain in coccyx, sacrum area

Thanks. I've come to believe I need to conquer this myself. I know the kind of seat pillow you describe. Something that's portable would be perfect as riding in car is uncomfortable. I found myself sitting on my hands in church today. Metal seats and wood benches are intolerable. M

 
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