Coccydynia - Treatments

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What is the treatment for coccydynia?

Patients with coccydynia are advised to use a well-padded seat when sitting and avoid long periods of sitting when possible. If the condition becomes severe or persistently troublesome, then medical attention should be sought to accurately evaluate the cause of the pain, especially if there is associated bruising or rash.

Rest, avoiding reinjury to the affected area, anti-inflammatory medications, and pain medications can relieve symptoms. Sitting on a pillow, cushion, or buttock support can help. Some patients with persistent coccydynia are treated with local cortisone injection. This injection is simply performed in the doctor's office and can potentially dramatically relieve the pain and even resolve the symptoms for many. Physical therapy with exercises can be helpful in the recovery. Rarely, when patients have unrelenting pain, a surgical resection of the coccyx (coccygectomy or surgery to remove the coccyx bone) can be performed to remove the irritated bony prominence.

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Comment from: 56 still in pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I had my coccyx removed in 2010. I had pain for about 4 years before that. I got staph infection which was followed by 7 debridements. The staph ate to my pelvic bone. I was in the hospital for 27 days, then home with wound VAC, and PICC lines for another 3 months. The tailbone pain did go away. However, from all the debridements, I have a hole about a soft ball size. I can't do anything with all the pain, now my left buttock is killing me. So, now have to find out what's wrong with that. If you elect to have surgery there can be huge consequences.

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Comment from: Lorraine, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had nerve blocks on my tailbone which did not work. I also took pain medications, iced that area, put a heating pad on it and nothing helped. I even sit on a cushion for that area and still nothing.

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