Fractured coccyx during childbirth


Original posting, 2003-04-27:

Help!!! I broke my coccyx 2 years ago when I gave birth to my daughter. I had an induced labor that was 9 hours, pushed for 1 ½ hours and delivered a 6 lb. 7 oz. baby. I remember pushing for a long while with no progress and started to be concerned but was told that the baby just needed to come around the bend. I am assuming the "bend" was my tailbone, after my epidural wore off I could not move from the pain. It felt as though it was completely broken off with a sledge hammer. It popped/cracked every time I put pressure on it for 4 weeks. I couldn't lie in bed on my back or side, and would lie on my stomach. I had to get out of bed in 3 stages, have someone pull me to a sit while I held my bottom off the bed with my hands, breathe in agony, have someone pull me to a stand, breathe in agony, than walk. Couldn't stand up straight for 2 weeks, crawled up the stairs for the first 5 days I was home. Couldn't rock my baby for 3 months and had to nurse lying down for 3 months. I also wasn't able to sit comfortably in a car for 14 months but the pain did go away except for extended car rides. Didn't get x-rayed until 4 weeks after delivery and the results were inconclusive.

Now I am pregnant again and at 4 ½ months am starting to experience pain while sitting on soft surfaces and in the car. This has me very nervous about delivering again.

HAS ANYBODY BROKEN THEIR COCCYX TWICE DURING DELIVERY? Will I have to go through the same pain again? I am trying to decide whether or not to have a c-section this time or to deliver vaginally. Please e-mail me with any information you may have! Thanks so much for your time and information.

Update, 2004-04-04

Hello everybody, just wanted to post and update of my outcome with my second pregnancy and delivery. I had seen an orthopedic doctor specializing in back problems and he was thinking that I actually dislocated my tailbone. My tailbone started to get increasingly more sore throughout my pregnancy and I didn't want to chance a repeat injury so I elected for a c-section. I am definitely happy with that decision.

I switched to a new OB and he was wonderful. My c-section recovery was a walk in the park compared to what I went through with my first delivery. I had my surgery around 10:00 a.m. and was able to get out of bed early that evening. I had spinal anesthesia for the surgery and they used a medication called astro-morph (sp?) It is a long acting morphine that actually worked for over 24 hours and definitely got me over the most uncomfortable part of my recovery. That medication was so great that I didn't feel any afterpains for the first couple of days after surgery.

I was really able to enjoy my newborn baby, rock him, hold him, breastfeed, etc. and have my toddler jump right up on the bed with me the day after surgery. All in all I didn't shed a single tear over the recovery from the surgery.

My coccyx immediately started to feel better and by the time I went home I was able to sit in the car much easier than while pregnant. My coccyx is about 95% better now, I experience some soreness if I sit in the car for more than an hour or in a hard chair for long periods of time.

I hope all you have similar outcomes no matter what you choose to do with your next pregnancy and delivery!!!

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