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To ask you all how long your...uh...coccyx hurt for after a fall?

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Haveimiscarried Tue 25-Nov-14 09:51:41

So last Sunday I went ice skating, and fell on my arse. Hard. I couldn't sit down for the rest of the day, but by the next day, it had eased a lot. I could feel it there but it wasn't unbearable pain.
Then by Tuesday the pain had pretty much gone. Brilliant.

Except that this Sunday, it came back with a vengeance. Then yesterday it was hurting so much, I could barely lift the toddler up. Had a hot bath last night, but nope, didn't help. Actually hurt more with the ceramic on my arse! Today is the same.

Is this normal? My boss thinks I should go to the doctor - WIBU to ignore her to avoid a bum examination?

CalamityKate1 Tue 25-Nov-14 09:55:53

I fell on my arse roller skating and it hurt like hell for a good few weeks!

Sometimes it was ok sitting down but agony getting up.

You could go to the GP but there's not much point really - even if you've chipped/broken your coccyx it's not like they can put it in plaster!

LiviaDruscillaAugusta Tue 25-Nov-14 09:57:06

I cracked mine about 18 months ago and I was in constant pain for about 6 months. If the pain went away and came back, I would imagine that you haven't done much damage to it. You should go and see your GP though if you are concerned.

It flared up a few weeks ago and I went to GP, they gave me painkillers and exercises which seem to have helped. They didn't need to see my arse when I went, if that helps!

RoseyHope Tue 25-Nov-14 09:58:12

About 4 months when I bruised mine. You can get a doughnut cushion to sit on which takes the pressure off.

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Tue 25-Nov-14 09:58:29

I fell down the stairs 5 years ago and mine still hurts when sitting on something hard like a bench. I don't think there is anything they can do for your coccyx other than give pain relief.

Littlef00t Tue 25-Nov-14 09:59:41

My colleague had to get a doughnut cushion for work after falling on hers, it hurt for a good few weeks. Presume you're taking pain killers.

I hurt mine in pe as a teenager and years later I still get the ghost of pain sometimes.

Peppaismyhomegirl Tue 25-Nov-14 10:01:08

I hurt mine when I was 15 (so 14 years ago!) and it still plays up now and again!

whojamaflip Tue 25-Nov-14 10:03:01

Hate to tell you but I fell on frozen concrete 18 years ago, cracked my coccyx and it still bites me now hmm

It's fine until I spend any length of time sitting on a hard surface then it hurts like hell when I try to stand up. I now take a travel pillow to sit on when I go out.

Unfortunately it seems to be one part of the body which does like to remind you of its existence and there's nothing you can do to help it.

It does bloody hurt though...

specialsubject Tue 25-Nov-14 10:05:15

ouch. As the pain has returned, go to the doctor. Your arse is nothing exceptional and they see plenty.

whatsagoodusername Tue 25-Nov-14 10:11:17

I dislocated mine badly and went to a chiropractor who specialised in coccyx. It took about a year but doesn't bother me at all now unless I'm in a bad chair for a long time.

NHS might do physical therapy for it, but my GP was very reluctant to refer and then it was something like a six month wait.

Marylou62 Tue 25-Nov-14 10:20:34

Another one to say sorry but after 18 years mine still plays up...am going through a bad patch now...went to the cinema yesterday and my DD told me to stop fidgeting ...I am sitting down lots at the moment tho...sorry, not what you want to hear I know..

Haveimiscarried Tue 25-Nov-14 10:24:21

Oh great - a lifetime of a sore arse it is then! grin

Haveimiscarried Tue 25-Nov-14 10:26:32

And no more bright ideas about going ice skating...

caravanista13 Tue 25-Nov-14 10:27:43

I did exactly what you did (a few years ago). It was very painful for three weeks, but then suddenly stopped hurting and has been fine ever since!

WerewolfBarMitzvah Tue 25-Nov-14 10:28:00

I hurt my coccyx and had to get some kind of ultrasound treatment.
I was a surly teenager pissed off at having to lie in my pants in front of people so I don't remember much confused

SurfsUp1 Tue 25-Nov-14 10:38:28

About a year for me after horse riding accident when I was 13.
It still gets sore from time to time, but it was only REALLY sore for 1 year.

Wellwellwell3holesintheground Tue 25-Nov-14 10:41:07

Broke mine. 2 years on it still hurts if I sit at certain angles.

yoshipoppet Tue 25-Nov-14 11:57:05

About six weeks when I did similar.
I got a doughnut cushion which helped a lot.

WorkingItOutAsIGo Tue 25-Nov-14 13:17:26

I would get it checked and xrayed so at least you know where you are. I broke mine and was pretty immobile for a week (lying on my front and I can't begin to tell you how painful it was to go to the loo). I was sitting on a doughnut cushion for about three months afterwards too!

backtowork2015 Tue 25-Nov-14 13:58:30

I broke mine during a forceps delivery and it was excruciating for 6wks then much better. I can't put direct pressure on it now 11months on but don't notice it day to day. Ive learnt how to sit comfortably. When it was really bad I had morphine in hospital then took naproxen and paracetamol maximum doses when I was discharged. Tried codeine but it really spaced me out

Roomba Tue 25-Nov-14 14:00:22

I hurt mine when I was 20 (an ex pushed me - accidentally! - and I fell over on my arse). It was painful for about two weeks I think.

However, it did later cause all manner of pain and problems when I got pregnant aged 30. Do get it x-rayed, as if I had done that I would've prevented a lot of pain, hobbling around and painkillers that wrecked my stomach. Possibly.

KatieKatie1980 Tue 25-Nov-14 14:20:03

I fell off a horse in 1996 and did the same thing. I still can't sit square on it without pain and stiffness!

Donut cushions are your friends grin

GooodMythicalMorning Tue 25-Nov-14 14:25:16

7 months so far. sad

Woozlebear Tue 25-Nov-14 14:33:36

I slipped on a rock on a beach once and landed on my arse so hard I nearly threw up from pain- mercifully the worst pain I have endured before or since.

I actually had to take 2 days off work - that was an embarrassing phone call! Was bloody sore for a good week.

Poor you op.

backtowork2015 Tue 25-Nov-14 14:41:13

Also rubbed in arnica......don't really believe in it but was quite soothing. Had baths on all fours or squatting for ages. Certainly couldn't sit in the bath.......ouch!

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