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Old 01-11-2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Wierd tailbone issue....possibly way TMI.

I lost a bunch of weight last summer (20lbs in 7 weeks), looked good, felt good. But...it was uncomfortable when I sat down, not sharp pain or anything but it took a bit of adjusting to get comfortable. It was my tailbone jutting out a bit from the weight loss. I really don't want it to happen again! Anyone know of any way to prevent that happening again, exercises or something? I wasn't even down to my goal last time (I had 20 more to lose)...I can't imaging what it might have felt like if I did get to goal.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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sorry don't have any wisdom, but I fell on my tailbone when I was a kid, and mine is painful if I sit on hard chairs too. Think I broke the tip possibly and it sticks out some.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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They actually have special cushions that leave a "hole" out for your tailbone. My sister has one and it works pretty good and is comfortable. I think she might have got it at an office supply. It isn't a donut pillow, it is more like a U. I have never been lacking in the padding on the booty department so I can't help you there. But hope that helps.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:58 PM   #4
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I've had the tailbone problem too. I hit the mid-170's and suddenly sitting hurt, but it has mostly worn off after several weeks so maybe it is just an adjustment issue.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:41 PM   #5
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Posture.
By sitting up straight, back erect and feet planted firmly on the ground you take the pressure off of your back and put it on your thighs and butt.
If that doesn't help, then there may indeed be a medical issue.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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I broke my tailbone as a kid. I found a hard firm surface hurts LESS. When there's a soft surface or a hole (like a doughnut pillow or a toilet seat) the tailbone sinks down and actually gets MORE pressure. Posture helps, too.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:24 AM   #7
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I, like several others have mentioned, fell and broke my tailbone as a kid, and have had pain in that area my whole life. This cushion helps a TON, and I rarely sit without it, and certainly NEVER on a hard surface. Now this particular cushion is fairly expensive, but it's entirely worth it IF this sort of cushion helps you (some people do not get any help from this type of cushion at all). So what I'd recommend is that you go to Wal-mart and buy their cheap version (available in the automotive section, with car seat covers and cushions and such) and try that out first. That will give you an idea of whether this type of cushion will help you or not. But it's cheap and won't last, so if you like it, you might want to invest in the better version.

The other thing is, I recently found out that a great deal of my pain is coming from the piriformis muscle and not the tailbone itself. I went to physical therapy (because my pain was horrible for months on end) and the therapist gave me both some exercises (like one called "clam shell") and some stretches specific to that muscle, and that has helped SO MUCH. I don't know if that's true for you at all, but I thought I would throw it out there just in case. You can google to find some exercises and stretches and see how they work for you.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:41 AM   #8
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After losing 30 lbs. I had the same issue. Finally went to chiropractor and my pelvis was out of line. The chiropractor says when we have more weight on our bodies, that sometimes conditions can be hidden. As we loose the weight, we begin to see areas our bodies have "things" hidden. Afer the first visit to chiropractor the pain in my tailbone began to feel better. It's amazing how our bodies are created to compensate for our areas of weaknees, but as we loose the weight we become more aware of those issues.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:53 AM   #9
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My DD broke hers as a child and after she had her first child, actually had the end of it removed just for comfort. Worked just fine. And the recovery time was not bad either...directly after surgery she was more comfy than before when sitting down.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:10 AM   #10
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Thank you everyone! I've just restarted my weight loss so no pain as of yet, thank goodness.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:59 AM   #11
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It's not uncommon. The fat padding is gone, the bone is being subjected to pressures it isn't used to. I lost 180lbs and mine was sore for 4 months afterward. But it went away and hasn't come back. I used a coccyx cushion.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:09 PM   #12
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It happened to me..I went to the chiro and got adjusted so that might be an option if it happens to you again..It did take a while..

I go monthly to a chiro for a general tune-up in other areas.
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