I am one of those, "I am not sure how it happened", people. I know I broke my tailbone as a kid, but was not having trouble with it until 2 years ago. I have had 5 children and none of them ever broke or re-broke my tailbone. My husband and I like to ride bikes and after several months of that I noticed I was having some pain with sitting. I had a massage and it felt better for a short while. Progressively it has gotten worse.
I guess I am one of the lucky ones. In January of this year I saw my doctor. He took x-rays, said it was broken and told me that they don't really do anything for it. I was resigned to carrying the donut with me forever to sit on! How embarrassing! Then I talk to a friend at school (yes I am back in college) anyway, she said that they sometimes remove them. She is a surgical tech for an orthopedic surgeon. She got me an appointment and I had my coccyx removed 8 days ago. My surgeon had not done a lot of these, but he brought another doctor with him who had. He warned me about infection (none so far) and told me it would take at least 6 weeks to 3 months to heal. I was quite nervous about that since I only have 2 weeks until I have to go back to school and a few more weeks until I return to work.
The surgery went great and I only took pain pills for 2 days. After the surgery I was able to get up and walk to the toilet and urinated fine. In the last few days, I have been able to sit on my rear for short time spans with only pain from the incision. I can walk fine. I use ice for pain and sometimes a little ibuprofen, but rarely.
I go back next week to remove the sutures. I have tried to take it easy, but there is so much to do!
I guess I am one of the happy "endings"!! I look forward to riding a bike again and not having to carry a donut to sit on everywhere I go!
I just wanted to share that sometimes things do go right and that it is so worth it- so far!