How do you know if you broke your tailbone?
Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:21 AM
Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:24 AM
Treatment aims to manage pain until the bone can heal. Even if the coccyx has moved out of its normal position, doctors usually do not try to correct the misalignment. Muscles in the area are powerful and can pull the coccyx back out of position. Because of the location of the coccyx and the number of muscles attached to it, immobilization is very difficult. That muscle movement also delays healing.
The area may remain painful for an extended period of time. You may be advised to stay in bed initially, or move only as comfort allows. After a reasonable healing time, steroid injections or surgery may be considered if severe pain persists.
You may be given medication to ease the pain. To reduce discomfort during bowel movements:
Drink plenty of fluids and eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Stool softeners may help decrease straining during bowel movements.
Sitz baths can help relieve muscle spasms. A sitz bath involves soaking the anal area in warm tap water for 10-20 minutes.
Sitting can be very uncomfortable after a coccyx fracture. Suggestions to make sitting less painful include:
Sit on an air cushion or doughnut pad.
Alternate between sitting on one side of the buttock or the other.
Try sitting on a hard chair. Sinking into a soft chair sometimes increases the pressure on the coccyx.
Slouch to move your weight forward and off the coccyx. Note: This advice holds only until you are well enough to sit properly again.
If pain continues and causes persistent disability, a coccygectomy might be recommended. During this procedure, the doctor removes the coccyx.
As a rad tech, I can tell you that an x-ray of the coccyx while you are laying on your back is difficult to see because usually there is stool or gas obscuring it. A lateral x-ray (laying on your side) is usually the best way to visualize it, but protocol usually calls for 3 different images anyway.
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:25 AM
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:32 AM
I would be notified by a blood curtailing SCREAM that I would quickly identify as coming from my mouth!
I hope it's not broken.
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:34 AM
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:04 PM
Thanks Do you think I should go to the Dr? If nothing can be done I really don't want to waste the money.
Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:08 PM
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:33 PM
Depending on how hard you fell, and what you hit, you may have a hematoma, basically a gigantic bruise inside well below the surface.
I took a queer and nasty fall on a somewhat slick set of steps a month ago, and came down HARD on the edge of the step on my butt. I got up and shook it off.
Over the next week I was bruised TERRIBLY, but could walk OK and everything seemed in OK working order. Swollen and really UGLY looking, but I took lots of ibuprofen [I normally take 1000mg a day anyway for arthritis].
After 2+ weeks, the bruising was going away, but I was still swollen, so I finally went to see the doctor.
Nothing broken [although he did let me know my degenerative bone disease is not getting any better and letting me know my hips will have to be replaced at sometime in the future], but I had a large hematoma. He cut me, and drained blood for 30 minutes. The incision was tender, to say the least, for 4 or 5 days, but the swollen areas started to recede at once and feel much better. I still have some lumps, but they are improving.
I threw away the crocs I was wearing and hope I have only chalked up a new experience.
Note, the doc also did give me some nice pain meds that worked much better than the ibuprfen. All in all I am glad I broke down and went to get it checked, and wished I had done so sooner.
Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:44 PM
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:02 PM
I would say if you can walk without pain, and in a few weeks try a situp without pain, then it is probably just bruised. Yes you can have internal bruises with no external bruises showing. A simple xray would be able to tell you though.
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 05:35 AM
Posted 15 September 2009 - 05:40 AM
The last time I broke mine, it required an ambulance ride to the hospital. I fell down a short flight of stairs in our home and landed full force on my tailbone, on the edge of a step. Fortunately, mine didn't require surgery, but it required sitting on a donut for awhile and taking pain meds.
I'd go have it checked.
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 07:10 AM