How To Tell if You have Tailbone Pain (Coccyx Pain)

The spinal column functions mainly as support for the spinal cord and allows for our bodily movements. Composed of a variable number of fused vertebrae, the coccyx or tailbone forms at the bottom of the spinal column and is believed to be one of the most crucial evidence of evolution. As what the theory of evolution states, the coccyx serves as an indicator that we have once lived with appendages for tails and that the tailbone is actually a remnant of this extended structure. Thus, the coccyx is considered important for serving the purpose of allowing us to have a certain set of motions only possible through the presence of the said structure. Also, like any other structure of the body, the coccyx is prone to wear and tear hence the feeling of pain.

The pain produced by the coccyx can sometimes be severe and very difficult to bear, therefore it is important to determine whether the particular pain that you are feeling is actually coming from the tailbone. Here are some tips on how to tell if you do have tailbone pain (coccyx pain).

  • Pay particular attention to the location of pain. Determine where the feeling of pain is worst. The tailbone is situated at the end of the spinal column or the painful midline, which is in between the left and right buttock cheeks, located directly above the anus. If you feel the pain in this area, it is indicative of tailbone pain. You can use the Internet to search for images of areas of the body where tailbone pain usually pervades.
  • Take note of any injury or distress. The pain could have been caused by certain injuries where the tailbone could be injured, fractured or exposed to extreme stress by falling bottom first. The tailbone is particularly prone to damage specially when talking about falls. Prolonged seating could also cause tailbone pain. This is the same painful feeling you would experience after sitting for extended number of hours such as when riding the train or bus.
  • Notice the increase in severity of pain in some instances. Take note of some occasions when the feeling of pain becomes worse. Typically, sitting and performing extraneous activities involving your back area and bottom would lead to the increase feeling of pain. Lifting weights could also put pressure to your tailbone thus worsening the pain.
  • Consult your physician. Visit your doctor and ask for a thorough physical examination. Relate to him the signs and symptoms you are experiencing. Request for the appropriate medical tests wherein the exact cause of the pain you are experiencing could be determined. You could opt to go to another doctor who is more experienced in the field of treating tailbone pain. This is the most accurate way of verifying your medical malady.

Some tailbone pains could be indicators of extremely serious medical conditions. It is advisable to always seek further medical attention and consult a physician having an expertise in treating tailbone pains since most general doctors do not have enough experience and skill in diagnosing and treating such difficulties.


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