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So when I gave birth to William, he came out super fast, in like 3 pushes. Once my epi wore off, I was I excruciating pain every time I sat up. I chalked it up to it being a while since I had a baby, my girly parts being sore and a hard bed. But the pain persisted. It was miserable to sit up straight. It finally dawned on me that I must have done something to my tailbone. Did some googling and learned that you can definitely break your tailbone giving birth. I mentioned it to my OB at my 6 week appointment and she said childbirth can definitely do that and if I'm not better by 3 months pp, that she can send me off for some X-rays. I'm not so sure I want to go that route, but I'm still in pain. Better than it was before, but sitting up straight to long hurts so bad and car rides past 1/2 hour are no fun. I'm wondering if anyone has broken their tailbone and what helped heal it? I was thinking of going to see a chiropractor, but I'm desperate. It hurts!
In high school i bruised my tailbone veryyyyyy badly. I don't believe there is anything that can be done to "fix it" but time. It's kinda like cracking a rib, nothing really you can do except let time heal it.
That, exactly. There isn't really anything they can do, other than give pain meds. I would rest as much as you can and get a cushy pillow to sit on in the car and for chairs.
Hope it gets better soon!! Being in constant pain sucks.
I've had issues with mine many times over the years. It flaired up horribly while I was pregnant. I saw a DO and ended up getting trigger point treatment (yes, up there!). It helps to release the tailbone when the muscles are "splinting" it. I was in so much pain I didn't care. It was quick and I got immediate relief. I would not hesitate to get it if it got bad again. (You may have a hard time finding an osteopathic doctor in your area, but its worth a look!). Feel free to pm me if you'd like more info.
You should be able to find one locally, I was able to get mine at a pharmacy that carried an extensive supply of durable medical equipment. But I think I remember seeing them also at RiteAid - not that exact kind, but something similar.
The pain took about 8-10 weeks to resolve, it's *very* slow to see improvement, and I think there was still a minor bit of residual pain for another month after that. The last time I hurt my tailbone (previous to being pregnant) I had fallen while skiing. It was in the beginning of winter and I remember it was nearly spring before it started feeling better.
I bruised my tailbone a few years ago pretty bad. It hurt to sit, unless I was kind of leaning foward and not directly on it. They make "donut" pillows that help. You can usually find them at WalMart or any pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, etc). I remember it taking several months for the pain to completely go away. Hope you get some relief soon!
I'm so sorry The donut pillows are really the only thing (that doesn't involve medical treatment) that you can do. If you did break it, it can take a LONG time to heal... hence the 3 month PP thing that your OB said.
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