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Old 10-05-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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coccyx pain


How long does it take to get back to normal life after realizing through x-rays that I have a shattered coccyx, I was playing with my son and he kicked me, I knew instantly that something was damaged, for the first week, I couldn't go to the bathroom properly and then week two I went to the doctors, she prescribed hemroid meds, week 3 suppositories for my and then finally I visited my chiropractor who actually took x-rays to find out what was wrong, initial response was fractured coccyx,...I went back 3 days later for another adjustment and he took more x-rays and now found that the coccyx is shattered, I have been using an inflatable donut....I sit all day at work..probably doesn't help and now if I stand for over 30secs, I feel burning pain in my buttock...I feel tenderness and firm in the inside of the crack....sorry the detail, but hopefully someone can tell me a way I can alleviate the discomfort, and my main question will I ever live a normal life again!

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Re: coccyx pain

I usually post on the back board, but happened to notice the title of your post, so thought I'd offer a couple suggestions. First, welcome to the board. I am sorry that you have fractured your tail bone, and are here looking for some help.

It is a very painful injury and you will want to keep an eye on the healing so that this doesn't become chronic pain. I hope the chiropractor is not making any adjustments. Even though you cannot immobilize the coccyx, you don't want it to move or be moved any more than necessary.

Hard chairs are better than soft, upholstered furniture. Use your cushion. You can try hinging from the hip joints and leaning forward to take the pressure off the coccyx. You can lean and sit on one buttock and then the other side. Get up as often as you can and give all the muscles a break...this will also help keep blood circulating to the area for more rapid healing.

You can sit in a warm tub of water for 20 minutes at a time. I think you are beyond the point of ice helping with inflammation, but you can still use it for pain, or alternate between a heating pad and ice (gel pack).

This injury can take a long time to heal, so you'll need to be patient. Oh, also, do not let your bowels get hard. If necessary, use a stool softener so it will be easier to pass bms without straining. Drink lots of fluids, especially water. Eat lots of fiber, fresh vegetables and fruits, etc....

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