Fell backwards in the street, got a bruised tailbone

Jon Ellingboe in Rowland, Pennsylvania - jce1@ptd.net

I am 38 years old and am currently having chronic coccyx pain. I have yet to see a doctor, but I have an appointment to see an orthopaedic specialist. I have degenerative disc disease including foraminal stenosis and a bulging disc as a result of those degenerative changes in my lower lumbar spine. I fell backwards recently while coming home from the grocery store and forgot that the hill was wet as it rained the night before. So I fell back ever so graciously and landed on my...

Since then, the pain has gotten so bad when I sit, when I stand and sometimes, but not always when I walk. I also have a distorted pelvis which a chiropractor is in the process of hopefully fixing. But the bruised tailbone, as he called it, there's nothing he can do for me.

So here I sit in pain and I came across your site on the internet. It's been very helpful and I thank you for it. It seems that no matter where I am or where I sit it hurts. I can't enjoy going to restaurants without having to stand or to mass as I enjoy going to because I can't sit that long. I'm not sure what the correct diagnosis is, but anything you can suggest it might be will suffice. I feel it sometimes to see where the pain is and it seems to be at the very bottom of the tailbone. I never heard of coccyx pain until I felt it myself and then found out what it was through your website.

Jon Ellingboe

Updated 2003-07-19

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