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January 10th, 2013, 03:39 AM
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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!
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January 10th, 2013, 04:28 AM
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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.
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January 10th, 2013, 04:35 AM
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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.
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January 10th, 2013, 04:47 AM
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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.

Before I got the treatment I used this pillow everywhere - desk chair, couch, car, even when we went canoeing and it definitely helped: Amazon.com: Coccyx Cushion - Extra Soft - 16" x 18" x 3" to 1": Health & Personal Care

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January 10th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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Before I got the treatment I used this pillow everywhere - desk chair, couch, car, even when we went canoeing and it definitely helped: Amazon.com: Coccyx Cushion - Extra Soft - 16" x 18" x 3" to 1": Health & Personal Care
I want to see if I can find one locally, otherwise I'm going to order that. I had to miss going down to my mom's house for Thanksgiving because there was no way I could sit in the car for 6 hours

How long did it take for you guys to feel somewhat normal again?
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January 10th, 2013, 06:22 AM
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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.
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January 10th, 2013, 07:21 AM
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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!
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I'm at 12 weeks pp and it still hurts to sit up straight.
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January 10th, 2013, 11:08 PM
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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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