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Today is the 2 year anniversary of me breaking the @#$% out of my tail-bone. I didn't know it was broken at the time, but I should have seen a doctor immediately given the blow I took on that stinking rock. (I hit the ground so hard that I crapped my pants on impact & nearly passed out from the pain.) I convinced myself it was just horrible bruising. (Sorry, no pics of my green, orange, blue & purple @$$ cheeks.) After 4 months of stupid denial, I finally had it inspected. The red arrows point to the two halves that used to be a single bone. As you can see when you click on the image, pretty nasty break.

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The doc told me that most people just let it heal & are ok after a yr or so.... eventual surgery if the pain doesn't leave. So I tried the waiting game. The torture never subsided so I had it surgically removed in July '07. I'm much, much better off with it removed but the area still hurts a lot more than I thought it would. (Thankfully, it's more like EXTREMELY uncomfortable now.) I haven't been on a bike since the accident & I'm getting antsy to ride the trails again.

Is it normal to keep having pain so long after a coccygectomy? Would some sort of injection deaden this extraordinary nuisance? The stupid bone fragments have been removed, so why does it still hurt? Is there anything I can do to be pain-free? I've been sitting on my bike a bit lately & I think I can ride if I'm careful, but even a mild fall on my butt would probably send me into the fetal position.:thumbsup: Ice packs help, but I sit in a chair at work most of the time which I suspect is part of the problem.

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Is it normal to keep having pain so long after a coccygectomy?

Bump? Am I on my own here? I'll set up an appointment for the local bone/joint guy & ask the same questions, but I was hoping someone here might have some insight. Anybody? :thumbsup:

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YOu need an MRI of the low back. Obviously the operation was done on the wrong part.

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You probably have some herniated discs in your Sacrum area...and the fact that you sit all day does not help. you need an MRI..

I had one 3 yrs ago...Herinated S1 to L5, and bulging L4....I go to chiro about twice a week...stretch often ...

Scotty J.

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Scotty, does your treatment help or not (compared to doing nothing)? On a scale of 1-10? with 10 being no pain in that area and 1 is the "before" pain level.

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YOu need an MRI of the low back. Obviously the operation was done on the wrong part.

HUH? Just for clarification, the MRI pictured above was before the operation. My lower back doesn't hurt. The pain is at the site of surgery, which is about 2" or so above my rectum. The dr that removed it does 2 or 3 of these procedures every week in Winston Salem, NC. Like I said, it's not killing me but it is a nuisance. Maybe I'm dealing with some persistant inflammation? I just wonder if this is as good as it gets.

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I haven't removed one in my whole life. I'm really not familiar with the results.

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Hey don't worry about it Doc. But thanks for your time anyway.

I was more or less hoping someone else who has had this procedure might chime in. I guess a tailbone removal isn't a very common thing among TT readers. :thumbsup: I won't bump the topic back to the top anymore.

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Sorry for your pain, SpED66. I looped my bike last November and cracked my sacrum. I still have trouble with it. I take Motrin on occassion and try not to sit too much. I'm not familiar with any surgey to remove a broken portion of coccyx but common sense would dictate the broken bone is not an issue any longer so the pain has to be a soft tissue problem. I would follow Dr. Mark's advice and seek evaluation maybe and ultrasound or MRI. Maybe there's a seroma there from the surgery or even an infection. Good luck!

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I'm not familiar with any surgey to remove a broken portion of coccyx but common sense would dictate the broken bone is not an issue any longer so the pain has to be a soft tissue problem.

Actually, he removed the entire coccyx. But yeah, I'm suspecting a soft tissue problem as well. Either that or persistent inflammation, which you might say also falls into that category. I'll get it checked out again. Thanks for the input & sorry for your mishap too. There's nothing quite like a permanent pain in the @$$ is there? :thumbsup:

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I broke my tailbone giving birth to my first child 3 years ago and that took a good six months to feel better again. At that time we didn't know I had broken it I thought it was just the pain that comes along with having a baby, but when i started feeling the bone move around I suspected it was a little more. Well six weeks ago I had my second child (a little baby girl) and low and behold I broke my tailbone again. This time I felt the pop and the doctor heard it. It kills me cause I just got a knew bike, so I tried getting a corticosteroid injection (they did it on monday) and it just hurts worse now than before. I'm hoping I just need to give it another day (aww who am I kidding). I've thought about having it removed as well but from the research I've done people often have just as much pain. So sorry to break the bad news but you might just have to see a pain specialist from here on out.

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