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Old 05-14-2007, 09:00 AM   #1
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Hi there. I went to a theme park 2 weekends ago and didn't think anything of riding rollercoasters (i'm 24) and having a good time. About a week later I started having awful pain when sitting, walking or applying pressure to the tailbone area (right above the crack). at first, i attributed it to perhaps brusing of my tailbone on a rollercoaster, but the pain is getting more intesne, its hard to sit for periods or time or walk long distances. My mother has experienced Polinidal cysts before and swears up and down thats what it must be....even though there is not anything you can SEE at the moment (no boil, abraision or really anything raised....)

Any opinions?

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Old 05-14-2007, 10:08 AM   #2
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Re: Pain in tailbone?? Cyst?

I think it's more likely that your first suspicion is the correct one- that you have bruised your tailbone. Either way, you can pick up a "donut" at the drugstore (I saw some ar Wal-Mart) that will make the sitting part easier.

A trip to the doctor is in order, if you really fear it may be a cyst.

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Re: Pain in tailbone?? Cyst?

I vote with your mother. Pilonidal cysts usually aren't obvious externally.

Old 05-16-2007, 07:42 AM   #4
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Re: Pain in tailbone?? Cyst?

A donut pillow may not give you what you need in that you want to suspend your tailbone when sitting. Perhaps a "tush cush" would be better because the cutout is directly under your tailbone. Check it out on the web by searching on "tush cush." You'll find lots of hits.

Several months back, I thought I had a pilonidal cyst due to the type of pain you describe, which became more intense every day. Fortunately, a surgeon was able to say with certainty that I did NOT have a cyst. She recommended a tush cush and a new, softer chair at work. I am 90% pain free.

That said, pilonidal cysts are nothing to sneeze at. They never go away on their own. So, if you have a cyst, you must get it removed, you must follow doc's orders for proper healing. It will only get worse, until you end up in ER in such pain you'll allow anyone to operate. Don't wait for that, please. Do yourself a favor and have yourself checked out.

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Old 05-16-2007, 08:16 AM   #5
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Re: Pain in tailbone?? Cyst?

Hi riversleeps, my husband's Pilonidal cyst started out just like yours and he had many of the same symptoms. You might want to get it checked out just in case.

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