Steroid injection during pregnancy?

Kimberlee - kdvh@tds.net

I am a petite 33 year old woman who has had tailbone pain for at least 10 years. If I sit for any length of time on almost any surface, my tailbone is sore. In the last 2 months it has gotten worse to the point that when I leave after working my 5-hour shift (sitting), it is difficult to get into my vehicle, and then I can't put all my weight down for a few minutes to start driving

About 7 years ago, I went to a med center and had an x-ray and was told that my tailbone was deviating to the side and also it was straighter than the average females and that it was more like a males. She even said that when I have kids, if I do, it might break off during delivery. I took the x-ray to my primary care physician who completely disagreed with the med center physician. He said the curve was probably due to motion during the x-ray and it appears I have a normal tailbone to him. I've taken medications for it over the years but nothing really helps. At work I often sit on a $220 Roho orthopedic cushion (borrowed from a co-worker) and this helps a bit but I'm still incredibly sore when I'm done with my shift.

My history is when I was 7 I fell from off of a washing machine backwards and landed on a hard floor. I remember it hurting for several days but I never went to the doctor.

Of note, I also did deliver a child and had no problems with my tailbone breaking off!

In the last few months, since the pain has been worse, I saw my new primary care doctor who said I probably have arthritis in the tailbone and there is really nothing they can do about it. It's a very hard area to treat. I am also 3 months pregnant by the way. I asked him about a steroid or pain injection and he said wait till my first trimester is over and he will refer me to a pain center. I have an appointment next month. I am hoping they can give me clear cut answers, but my predicament is that I'm pregnant so no x-rays and I will not have an injection if there is any risk to the fetus. I read that there is not, but I'm anxious to hear what they say.

I am wondering how painful are these pain injections? I am scared to death to have one but the pros outweigh the cons. I'm tired of the constant pain!

-Kimberlee

Updated 2004-07-11

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