Aussie with some coccyx queries
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I am a healthy 28 year old female and I have had coccyx pain for the last three months. While it is very uncomfortable and annoying it is by no means debilitating. However, I do not want it to become chronic so I am very eager to get it treated properly now.
I live in Australia and am finding it very hard to find a doctor of any sort that specializes in this area of the body. There is a practitioner in Melbourne (Adrian Good) but he is on leave until November 2007.
Below I have outlined my symptoms and described the treatments that I've tried in the hopes that someone might have experienced something similar and might be willing to share their experiences/treatments with me.
- Sharp, pulling pain on right side near coccyx when going from sitting to standing - usually after half an hour or more of sitting at a computer.
- Sharp, pulling pain when I bend over from a seated position.
- Pain may be present in the first 20 seconds after sitting down but then disappears
- Same pain occurs when sneezing while sitting down.
- Sore spot in lumbar directly in line with pain near coccyx
- No actual pain on the coccyx itself
- Pain can be felt and eased by repeated clenching of the right buttock
- Pain only occurs when not sitting with a straight back. Any rocking backwards of the pelvis seems to aggravate the pain
- Acute forward angulation of the coccyx
Treatment at home/work
- Occasional use of paracetamol or anti-inflamatory gels
- Hot water baths eases/minimizes the pain
- Hot packs on lumbar helps ease pain
- Stretching of lower back every hour helps minimize pain
- Massage of the area generally eases the pain for a little while
- Physiotherapy treated the lumbar region but this seemed to eliminate the pain for only three or four days.
- Acupuncture and cupping eased the lumbar pain and some (minimal) coccyx area pain.
Please feel free to email me with any suggestions for treatments or the names of some good health care professionals in Australia.