Seasonal coccyx disorder

Sarah - ozragreen@yahoo.com

Original posting, 2003-01-12:

I was a popular dance team member in high school. Then, ohmygod, one night, during my junior year, I was performing a kick line and I fell backward and landed on my coccyx.

Ever since, seasonally, when barometric pressure suddenly shifts, upwards and, especially, downwards, I cannot sit down or concentrate on my tv shows.

I just wanted to share this story of my pain and ask if others also suffer from seasonal coccyx disorder (SCD).

Thank you and sincerely, Sarah

Reply, 2003-04-13:

I have no idea what has caused my pain. I thought I was developing arthritis or something (although I am only 25 years old). I did fall recently hard on my back after slipping on icy steps but I had already experienced the pain long before then (although, I am a complete klutz so it is entirely possible that I fell and did not notice the pain right away or relate it to the fall). My job requires me to sit at my computer for 7 or more hours a day, which may or may not be the cause.

Anyway, about 3 years ago, I had this tingling sensation go down both legs every time I would nod my head forward. I went to see a doctor and he told me that it was caused by sitting for long periods of time with my legs crossed. I tried to stop that but it was such a habit that I didn't have much luck but luckily those tingles stopped on their own a few months later. They return every once in awhile but do not last like they did the first time I had them. Then a year and a half or 2 years ago I starting getting this pain in my hip. The only way it felt better was if I stretched a certain way and then, as soon as I would go back to the regular position, the pain would come back. That pain would come and go all the time (it might come and last a week or more but then it might go away completely for a month or more). Then I suddenly developed a similar but more acute pain in my tailbone. It hurts when I stand and when I sit. Some days it is excruciating and others it is gone completely. It doesn't bother me when I am sleeping or laying down. The worst thing is, I am asthmatic and cough a lot and it hurts a lot when I cough as well. I often wondered if I was going crazy and then today, a particularly painful day, I decided to look it up on the internet just to see if anything would come up. I was so surprised but happy when it did. I am glad to know that I am not alone.

Although I am not sure whether my pain is related to the change in barometer pressure or what causes it to come and go, I would certainly love to find out.

Does anyone out there have a similar story and / or have any suggestions on how to cope with it or cure it?

Marie-Chantal Casey - mccasey@universalia.com

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