Tailbone pain and pregnancy

Anonymous - jennslusarz@hotmail.com

I am 35 years old and have been experiencing varying degrees of tailbone pain for about 2 years. My tailbone has always been prominent, but had never caused pain. I did not do anything to cause an injury. When I started having pain while trying to sleep at night, I finally complained to my primary care doctor about a year ago. She thought I had a cyst and referred me to a General Surgeon. The general surgeon recognized the problem as my tailbone and referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. An MRI and x-rays indicate that my tailbone is elongated and curves to the right side. The doctor recommended changing my habits (the way I sit, sleep, exercise, etc), and will only consider surgery as a last resort.

My husband and I would like to start a family in the next year. After reading some of the stories on this site, I am terrified of going through childbirth with my tailbone as it is. I discussed this fear with my orthopedic doctor, but he does not believe that it will break or cause any problems during pregnancy (a statement I find hard to believe).

Has anyone else had tailbone pain BEFORE becoming pregnant? If so, what can I expect during pregnancy and childbirth if I don't have it removed?

Updated 2003-02-16

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