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Tailbone pain for 1 year since giving birth

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#1 TiniestTeddy

Posted 01 October 2018 - 08:48 PM


I've been having tailbone pain since my son was born 12 months ago via vacuum and rotation. I live in Brisbane and have seen several practitioners but none have been able to help me much. I mainly have pain now when I sit on soft surfaces such as the couch or in the car. To avoid pain I have to sit upright or lay down. We are also flying to Europe next month and I will have to sit for at least 24 hours on the plane.

Does anyone have recommendations for a practitioner in Brisbane to treat tailbone/coccyx pain?

Thank you. :yes:

#2 Jingleflea

Posted 01 October 2018 - 09:09 PM

Have you had any scans done?

My SiL broke her tailbone during birth with her first child.
I think it was time that healed it, but I'd get a scan done if you haven't already.

#3 alchetta

Posted 02 October 2018 - 06:17 AM

I'm experiencing the same and my DD is almost 18 months. I saw a pelvic health physio (women's specialist) which helped but it's gone downhill again since I started back working even at half time.

I'm in Melb but look up pelvic health or pelvic physios, some will do internal examinations if you haven't had one.

I really hope you find some help, you have my total empathy, it is so painful and affects daily life. FWIW I took a  24 hour flight with the pain and used a u shape pelvic cushion with the bit where your tailbone goes cut out, but it didn't help much. My physio said to try to always have a greater than 90 degree angle between hips and knees and ideally slightly tilted forward, she recommended a wedge cushion.
It sucks!

#4 born.a.girl

Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:51 AM

My tailbone pain wasn't from childbirth, just appeared out of nowhere, but got so bad I couldn't sit for more than 15 mins without walking around (or taking pressure off somehow) for an hour or so before I could sit again. I was getting all sorts of pain and buzzing sensations through the buttocks and extending out further.  Had that classic 'tugging pain' that's talked about with coccyx damage, when I stood from sitting.
I also had to sleep on my stomach - back or sides aggravated it, which was terrible for my neck arthritis.

A cortisone injection helped but didn't solve (after an MRI to rule out an obvious cause).

Like you, we were about to embark on a 24 hour flight in economy, and it was so bad we nearly cancelled/considered upgrading to business, but had to be lie-flat beds which were not in all business class.

Specialist recommended Endep, which I'd never heard of, and worked like magic.

This was three years ago now, and I've tried coming off it a few times and there's definitely been a major improvement, but not gone yet.

This was all after numerous physio visits, where each one helped, but it would just return after a few days.

One of the things that I think has made a massive difference, is having a D-cushion (the sort that's designed for your mid back) under my thighs when sitting.  I'm using it now, I have one in the car, and I take one on the plane.  Even with the Endep, sitting strait on my tailbone can aggravate it. This way there's no pressure on the tailbone.

I agree with PP about sitting forward, rather than slouching back, which is what happens on a sofa.

Good luck.

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