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Tailbone pain

Holy smokes! My tailbone is so sore. I haven't fallen or know of any cause. I started walking on a treadmill about 1.5 months ago and walk 4 km three times a week.

Since my work is very computer based, this is making my life miserable. Any others with experience in this?

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Ouch!

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Greetings

Motheroffive - I don't have that problem now, but when I was younger I had a few falls that caused a lot of pain, and then when I had my first child I had damage to the tail bone. Took a long time to heal, a long time. Doesn't seem to bother me now. It might be worth getting it checked out by a doctor - x-rayed or something?

Pain, of any kind, for any length, takes its wear and tear on a person, so try and find some way of relief - hot bath, sitting on a "donut", etc.

Hope you feel better soon!

Hope, peace, joy, love,
Beloved

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Mo5,

sounds like a real pain in the ass.

:)

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Yes, you could put it that way...it's a little better today.

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Hi Mo5, you might want to consult your doctor since you're unsure of the cause. Just to be safe :)

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I did - she advised pain maintenance and a recheck if it doesn't heal. Things are much better today and I haven't resorted to tylenol at all today.

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Good to hear Mo5. I hope it fully resolves soon!

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Thanks, I hope I never have that to deal with again.

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I've had that problem off and on. Not sure if its related to falling on it when I was a kid but I can get very sore from sitting for long periods. When it was really bad a doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory which helped a lot. I'm pretty fidgety anyway but I find I have to move a lot and not sit in the same pressure point for a long time.

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Well, it flared up again which necessitated a visit to the chiropractor. He thinks I've torn the hamstring on my left side. We'll see where this leads -- owie!

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I find massage is very helpful with tailbone problems as well. (Not a relaxing one but a therepeutic one... the one where you feel you've had a workout after!) :) I had a tailbone injury so for me it is a recurring thing, and I found chiropracty helped initially but massage has been better in the long run in getting rid of the pain.
Hope you feel better soon.

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What my massage therapist also says is that when the leg and back muscles are out, it can really pull the tailbone out. When I do the exercises to loosen my back and thigh muscles, my tailbone doesn't tend to pull out hardly ever. When I don't, it is not good.

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Thanks everyone. I visited my doctor again today and, without going into the gory details, I have shingles, which is affecting the nerves in that area, down my leg and other unmentionable areas of my body.

It explains a few things. Hopefully, I've got the medication in time to cut the progression of it down...

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I think I recover faster when I get a large dose of sympathy - GRIN - :)

omg, it hurts...thank goodness for anti-virals and T3s.

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Sending large doses of sympathy and empathy to Motheroffive.

Never had shingles but know from others it is not pleasant, did fall off a horse and damage my tail bone when I was about 10 and still remember the pain - one never realizes how much one sits until it hurts.

I don't know if it has been scientifically proven but I heard eating something delicious while lying in a warm bubble bath with family members catering to your every whim will help ;-)

LB
The whole event was designed toward pampering women and teaching them how to relax. Ann Coppola

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oooch, mo5...I had shingles and it hurt! There is some evidence (I think it's been refuted...grin) that a traumatic event can unleash the dreaded pox, and this was true in my case. It didn't last too long and I didn't have the nerve pain that sometimes lasts past the pox.

Take extra care of yourself as you heal...not only physically!

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Thanks, lb and ab...my mood is good but my pain level is pretty high (although your large doses of sympathy brought it down a little :)

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Greetings,

Wow motheroffive - shingles!! Never had them either, but I've heard of them - and what I've heard is that it can be very painful.

Take very good care of yourself, and do all you need to to get better, sending you healing thoughts and care,

Hope, peace, joy, love,
Beloved

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Thanks, beloved. Those of us over 50 are more prone and, although I didn't know this, there is a vaccine. I was only about 7 weeks past my 50th when I was diagnosed but, for those who are reading this, I urge you to seriously consider asking your doctor about the vaccine. Shingles can have life-long after-effects which are best avoided.

All of this I didn't know until I got them but perhaps someone out there can avoid this pain, fatigue, fever, abdominal swelling (it's hard to get dressed), time off work and possible life-long echoing of pain by reading about my experience and getting the vaccine.

Thanks again...

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Oh my gosh Mof5 - shingles! That's nasty. Thanks for sharing the tip about the vaccine - I hadn't ever heard of that & will definitely look into it.

Will be thinking of you and sending lots of sympathy your way.

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Thanks, carolla. I've already talked to my parents about the vaccine and hope to talk with others (and there are many in UC circles) who are in the age group that's more prone to come down with shingles. As well, as we get older, we are not as resilient after suffering from health issues so I hope that many will look into this for themselves or talk to their parents about bringing this up with their doctor.

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You may be interested in this article from the CBC.

People over 60 should get shingles vaccine: CDC

What I wasn't able to figure out is whether the vaccine has been approved in Canada. According to the above article from 2007 it hadn't. The only vaccine available was against Chicken Pox and was recommended that anyone who has not had Chicken Pox should be vaccinated because, according to the article, you can not get Shingles unless you have been exposed to Chicken Pox.

Considering what I read in that article I suspect I am a prime candidate for contracting Shingles since I suffer from stress related cold sores, which I learned were caused by the Chicken Pox virus as well. The article's explanation sounded very similar to what I was told about the cold sores.

Fortunately I haven't had an outbreak in a couple of years, eliminating stress and learning to let go apparently worked for me....

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Hope you're feeling better MO5. Thanks for the information re: vaccine. It sounds like I might be a candidate -- right age, cold sores (although these have become rarer and much less severe over the years). I had chicken pox as well as a kid.
Knowing a few people who have suffered through shingles, I certainly would like to prevent it if possible.
I'm going to discuss this with my doctor as well.

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I am starting to feel better, thanks to the change in my pain management regime. I asked my doctor about the shingles vaccine and it isn't yet approved in Canada. I plan to contact Health Canada about the proposed time-line to approval. If I get any information, I will let everyone here know.

I'm sure tired. From what I understand, it will last about 6 weeks so I've got about 4 more weeks to go.

Thanks for your conversation, sympathy and feedback.

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Hope by now it;s feeling better as i notice it;s been a few months since you started this post.

A few winters ago i slipped on some ice and bruised my tail bone to the point where i could nt sit, lay down,stand or do much of anything and pain killers only eased it for awhile. Took a long time to feel like my old self again.

Again i hope it;s better.

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