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The coccyx is your tailbone. You can have pain in your tailbone from a fall or other injury. Pregnancy and childbirth also can cause tailbone pain. Sometimes, the cause of pain is not known. A tailbone injury causes pain when you sit, especially when you slump or sit on a hard seat. Straining to have a bowel movement also can be very painful.
Tailbone injuries can take several months to heal, but in some cases the pain goes even longer. You can take steps at home to ease the pain. In some cases, a doctor injects a corticosteroid medicine into the coccyx to reduce swelling and pain.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 19, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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