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    Old 04-14-2007, 05:45 AM   #1
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    Coccyxdenia - tail bone inflammation

    Two months ago I was diagnosed with coccyxdenia, the doctor gave me anti inflammatories and told me to get a foam round cushion. He said let's start there.

    I never fell on my tail bone, it started over the summer sitting on hard chairs in class (I am 47). Seems that pain gets worse with time, not better. I have another appointment with him Tuesday. Hurts in bed some mornings and then the rest of the day it bothers me, driving hurts. On all other chairs I can adjust the way I am sitting, except for driving.

    I really don't think there is anything he can do to fix this, just wondered what others found helpful.

    PS does it matter, I couldn't find a round foam ring at the surgical supply store so I bought an oval one.


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    Old 04-14-2007, 06:06 AM   #2
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    Re: Coccyxdenia - tail bone inflammation

    Hi Cram,
    You might get more relief from a wedge with the tailbone cut-out. It would put less pressure on the tailbone area than a ring. I found one at a pharmacy with a large durable medical supply area. It did help a lot in the car, but I found that with a large fusion, it was hard to sit on a cushion and not feel "tippy" going around corners.

    What kind of doctor have you seen? Was it your family doctor who recommended the ring? Maybe it's time to see a spine specialist to make sure nothing more serious is going on in there.

    Don't lose hope. As your doctor said, that was just a starting point. There are other things that can be done, but you always want to start with the most conservative treatments first. Please come back and let us know how you're doing. There are lots of back buddies here who understand your pain!

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    Old 04-17-2007, 12:29 PM   #3
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    Re: Coccyxdenia - tail bone inflammation

    Hi, I went to see my orthopedic doctor today (that is who I went to see originally) and he said to try buying a piece of foam and cutting a "U" in the back for my car seat, he also suggested buying a blow up ring to bring around with me.

    I told him I am still having problems with it and it hurts more as time goes by, other than that he said we could go the physical therapy route which I think is a ridicoulus suggestion, I don't see how that will help. I am going to continue taking an anti inflamatory.

    Do you know why some mornings it hurts as soon as you get up? If that happens to me it just hurts all day long, then there are other days it isn't a bother.

     
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    Re: Coccyxdenia - tail bone inflammation

    It could be related to what position you were lying in while you were asleep. I'm fused from T4 to the sacrum, so I have no movement whatsoever in my lumbar spine or tailbone area. I found after surgery that I needed a pillow between my knees to sleep or I would have mild pain across the small of my back which would then like to stick around for a while. I thought it was just because I was healing, but I'm now 6+ months post-op and it still happens. I finally got a little memory foam hourglass shaped thing called a leg spacer. It's more comfortable than the pillow once you get used to it. I had one sleepless night and one lousy night before I got used to it. Now if I switch to a pillow, I can really feel how much better the leg spacer is. If I turn on my side without it, I can immediately feel that pressure and pain coming on in that area.

    Just a thought. It might help you to sleep with a pillow or leg spacer. Were you able to try the cushion with the tailbone cut out (a U shape, like your doctor said)?

    Hope you get some relief.
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    Old 04-20-2007, 05:46 AM   #5
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    Re: Coccyxdenia - tail bone inflammation

    I am going to buy the inflatable and the foam cushion today. Tired of my tail bone hurting

     
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