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Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:35am
Has anyone here ever had a fractured tailbone or know anyone who has? In my redecorating process, I had put up some temp trim around both of the windows on one wall. Got off the ladder, stepped back to see if the trim looked even and stepped on a "boom box" type radio sitting on the floor. From there, I couldn't even begin to tell you what happened until by tailbone and head hit the plaster wall. Can I just say that plaster is HARD!!!  :o Knocked the wind out of me, especially my tailbone hurt. I lay on the floor for a few min, trying to catch my breath, trying not to cry, trying to decide if I should phone the DH. After a bit, I recovered enough to get up and put ice on "both ends". :-)  Also broke my little toe and had a nasty bruise and dime size boo-boo on my elbow.
It's 2 wks later and my head feels ok, toe is almost well, elbow is okay but the tailbone hurts. If I'm on my feet for an extended period of time, it really starts hurting. I'm going to a dr tomorrow to have my foot looked at (the one where I crushed the nerves from the hay wagon tongue falling on it.  ::)  ::)  ::) - so will ask him if he knows anything about this particular prob.
And before anyone asks or is husband is not abusing me. I would NEVER stand for that. I left my first husband for that reason. I wouldn't want anyone thinking that of my husband either. THAT is just not in him. I know I doth protest too much to some, but really, it's as I say. :-)
I just have too much running thru my head all the time, as does the DH, and it has made us inattentive. If HE didn't have such a hard skull, he'd prob not be w/ us.  :-/  Thank goodness he does!  I have been very very careful in my decorating venture since this happened. Doesn't help my "broken butt" tho.   ;D   That's what it feels like. Will know more tomorrow perhaps. This dr is not a broken butt dr, but maybe he'll have some insight. Just wondered if anyone here had dealt w/ this.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 3:27am; Reply: 1
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('New Jersey Tea' or 'Red Root'). take
15 drops in  shot glass of water three times
daily while also rubbing the tincture directly
over the area

this is something Dr D adviced.....
the person had a work accident and badly hurt his spleen.....
also use the
raw herb, as a poultice over the area.
this might help in your case, too....
sorry this happened to you!  :'(
Posted by: Debra+, Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 3:50am; Reply: 2
Oh italybound...I can sympathize with you TOTALLY.  When you go to the doctor, please have him check out your tailbone also.  I have had two major falls on my when I was about nine years old (you know how your mom, at least mine was, always telling you not to jump on the furniture as you might fall and hurt yourself) I fell from trying to jump from the arm chair to the couch.  Smack dab to the floor on my tailbone.  Never did actually go to the doctor for it as it was said then and now they can't do much for you.  Also...have never been able to do situps properly since. Then...about seven years ago I was taking adult skating lessons.  I was practicing going backwards and so was another junior student.  Yep...ran into each other and another smack dab on the tailbone again.  Again...never went to the doctor for it.  It took about two years to get to the state where sitting down on it was comfortable sometimes.  I still have to watch when sitting for too long and how I sit.  Even my chiropractor has commented on it being different.  Most people's tailbones curve in and mine goes out.  I am in the process now of having it looked at.  Will be going to a specialist to have it checked out within the next couple of months.  If I sit on it a certain way...I get tired very fast and my eyes will shut and I am sleepiing.  No...not when I am driving.  Sitting up completely straight does not effect it.   I love straight back computer chairs and have the van seat completely upright all of the time.  So....please have your tailbone checked out...especially if it does not heal within a couple of weeks/months. :)  

Debra :)
Posted by: Janet, Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 6:50am; Reply: 3
Oh poor you Pat!!
Back in 1979 I broke my coccyx bone. I was doing some voluntary, community painting and stepped back onto a long pole, which rolled and sent me into the air. I cracked down straight onto that area and then the back of my head crashed, bang onto the floor - that resulted in about 40% hearing loss, due to nerve deafness!!
Next day I was Xrayed but told I was just badly bruised. Three weeks later, because of all the pain I went to see my GP, he got the hospital to recheck the Xray and sure enough my coccyx was broken. I also found that I'd damaged the nerves in the vagina - could no longer use tampons and of course making love was......
Over time the nerve damage in that area returned to normal. The pain in the coccyx area continued for one year before it felt normal again.
And then after one more year, I was crouching, talking to a small child and suddenly I just tipped backwards and landed straight onto the coccyx area!!! Familiar pain!!! I went straight to the GP, said I couldn't put up with another year of pain etc - he referred me to a physiotherapist who used 'ultrasound' treatment'. Two sessions....I never looked pain, not in that area ever again!!!

I too once broke a litttle toe on my foot, again the break was missed by the Xray - but I just strapped, using band aids (we call  them plasters) that toe to the next one, that healed perfectly well and again has never caused me any lasting problems.

What can I say? We have a saying in our house 'Tread carefully merchant'!!!!

Posted by: Mickey, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 1:06am; Reply: 4

I fell on my tailbone about 3 months ago.  Of all things i fell backwords off of my exercise machine.

I never went to the doc., so i don't know if it was fractured.  I was in constant pain and had a hard time sleeping because of the pain.  Somewhere in my research i heard that it takes about 6 weeks for the tailbone to heal.  After 2 weeks of pain, it was recommended that i use a donut cushion.  Soo i went out and got one, i swear within a week i had no more pain.  I think my recovery was mostly from using the donut cushion, i noticed a significant difference in about a day after i started using it.  If you don't know what a donut cushion is, like the name implies, there's a hole in the middle.  The reason for the hole is take the pressure off of the tailbone.  I even started sleeping better right away, even though i didn't use it when i slept.  I think when i took the pressure off of my tailbone it was finally able to heal.

I got mine at a medical supply store for about $20.00, well worth the money!.

Good Luck!
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 1:25am; Reply: 5
Oh, Mickey, sorry but I had to laugh when I read you fell off your exercise bike and hurt yourself.  ;)  Now I KNOW that's not funny but it IS ironic. That was the funny part. Do I need to hold up my shield?  ;D  But thanks for the laugh.........a good thing right before bed. Please don't take that the wrong way. K?
Now......everyone thanks for all the advice, I really appreciate it. I did have the foot dr look at my 'broken butt' today.  ;)  Not broken, nor even fractured according to him tho I have to be totally honest and say I don't know how he could tell as the xrays were so faint you really couldn't tell IMO. I know I'm not the dr and maybe don't know exactly what to look for but I still think you need a GOOD pic of it to be sure. Maybe this is what happened w/ you Janet.  :'(
The dr I saw today told me the same thing yours told you Mickey...6 wks... oh yea!  :'( That means 4 more wks at least of this............bright side is, it could be broken, right. :-)        On the foot, at least 6 mths to heal. Lots of crushed nerves there. 4 more mths for that. At least it doesn't inhibit me from walking. Not short distances anyway. The spot that got hit is still somewhat swollen, but it seems all will be well eventually.  ;D
Janet, when I was rereading your post about your 2nd fall..........ouch!!  Made my boo-boo hurt worse than it does already!!   ;)  Need to get my hands on some bromelain. Will start w/ the Traumeel tonight. If KK is reading this, uh-oh, she's gonna whomp me for not using it right away. LOL
Mickey the dr suggested the donut and at your related experience, I think I'll be getting one tomorrow. My concern was that this seems to be getting worse instead of better. Will see what a few more wks brings. If not better, will revisit the dr. Or maybe a dif dr w/  a dif xray tech. I just feel like the "pics" were very poor. Still they may have been accurate, who knows.
Thanks for all your replies and I feel your pain. LOL
Posted by: Mickey, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 2:12am; Reply: 6

I actually fell backwards off of my gazelle type machine, got my foot stuck under the pettle when it was still in motion and me not holding onto the machine.  Of course i had to fall on cement!.

LOL! That would be funny if i fell off of my exercise bike, since that would take real talent to do!.

My tailbone was starting to get better than it started to get worse again, the only thing i can think of that might have caused this was the extra pressure on it, when i sat, etc...  Then when i got the donut cushion it was all uphill from there.  In fact i was shocked how fast it worked and wished i would of gotten it from day one.

Mickey  ;D
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 3:00am; Reply: 7
Quoted from Mickey
Of course i had to fall on cement!.

Of course!!  :)   I know it's not really funny that you know that right?  :)
I know what you mean about falling on cement. I was running, tried to jump over something that 'appeared' suddenly in my way, didn't make it  :'(  and fell on both knee caps and yes, of course, on concrete/cement.  I feel for ya!!!  ;D
I will be SURE to get a donut tomorrow. Thanks so much for the feedback about it.:-)
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 3:44am; Reply: 8
Take care of yourself & have a messy house!!!!
Your post was one more reason I should be glad I have a messy house.  It might be dangerous to clean or decorate it!!
Some years ago I heard how bad it is to breathe all those cleaning fluids. The less I clean, the less I breathe those fumes.
I also heard that vacuuming gives off electrical 'rays' or whatever.  Good thing I hate vacuuming!
Now it is dangerous to spend too much time on ladders.  Good--another reason to put off those 'jobs'!!
Laugh a little, but please be careful!
S S & L,
Mrs "T"    O+
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 4:03am; Reply: 9
Quoted from Mrs_T_O+
Take care of yourself & have a messy house!!!!
Your post was one more reason I should be glad I have a messy house.  It might be dangerous to clean or decorate it!!
Some years ago I heard how bad it is to breathe all those cleaning fluids. The less I clean, the less I breathe those fumes.
I also heard that vacuuming gives off electrical 'rays' or whatever.  Good thing I hate vacuuming!
Now it is dangerous to spend too much time on ladders.  Good--another reason to put off those 'jobs'!!
Laugh a little, but please be careful!S S & L,Mrs "T"    O+

my gracious, I may never clean house again.  :'(    oh wait!  I really meant  ;D  thanks so much for all your help in that area. ;D
Sad to say, my house is plenty messy, especially right now. Too much house and not enough time to keep it as clean as I'd prefer. Have tried having a cleaning person.  ::)  Yeah, right, that didn't work out!!  So... messy it is.  ;D   And since it "might be dangerous to clean", hey, works for me.  8)
About the cleaning products...........I mainly use vinegar and baking soda. I do sometimes use Sunriders cleaner. Still a pretty "clean" cleaner. HA!   I don't like chemicals in my house nor their yukky smells.  Blech!!!!
Vacuuming gives off electrical rays?  Whoooohoooooo - one more reason not to vacuum. I really do need to replace my v/c.  It stinks unless you have a fresh bag in. I'd say it's not very air tight, hows about you?
Now for the ladders...........just gotta do it. Gotta get that dang room done. It's been a disaster area (maybe THAT"S why I got injured LOL) for way too long. New furniture is supposed to be here Friday. Under a time crunch now. That being said, let me assure you I am being much more aware, careful and attentive since my spill.  The very thought of falling on that area kinda puts the fear in me.   :o
As I'm SUCH a glutton for punishment   ::) ,  I was taking a dehumifier downstairs because the one we have down there now just isn't doing the job - it's a 2 dehumidifier job to say the least. Anyway I was taking that down and got down to what I thought was the last step and pulled that area a little bit. Some brilliant person put a board ON the concrete floor!!!  I was never aware of that before and as I go in the basement very rarely, well...................but let's just say I won't forget it.  ;D  It was just "tall enough" to throw my balance off.  Hey, didn't I say just a bit ago " let me assure you I am being much more aware, careful and attentive". Doesn't really sound like it but really I thought I was at the last step.  :-/   So have to be  even more attentive!   Sheesh.........I've injured myself more since I moved out here than in my life I think. Wonder what that's all about!!!   :o  
Thanks for the concern and I'll laugh a little, but not whilst I'm on zee ladder.  ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 1:50pm; Reply: 10
What in the world are we going to do with {{{{you?}}}}  Foot, and now tailbone!  Have you thought possibly that your body is (trying to) tell you something?

I believe accidents are a way for our body to communicate with us.  Get our attention, to pay attention to our bodies.  Something is amiss, and it's a way to get you to stop what you are currently doing, and focusing on yourself in another way.

Consider what Louise Hay says about our individual body parts and what they represent.

I hope you are using your traumeel!  Please let us know how you are doing.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 2:37pm; Reply: 11
Quoted from KimonoKat
What in the world are we going to do with {{{{you?}}}} .

I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ::) ::) ::)

Quoted from KimonoKat
 Have you thought possibly that your body is (trying to) tell you something?.

Yes, I have. It's trying to tell me to focus on one thing at a time. Be more attentive to what I'm doing at that very moment instead of thinking about what I'm going to do in the next 5 seconds.  ;D

Will see what the next 2 or 3 wks bring. If no better, will get re-xrayed as the ones they took were pretty bad IMHO.

Just went to Walgreens and got my donut this morning. Sittin' on it as we "speak". Will see what kind of relief this brings. Last week I wasn't having all this pain.  ::)
Tally ho!!! The show must go on!!  ;D
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 5:23pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from pkarmeier
...Got off the ladder, stepped back to see if the trim looked even and stepped on a "boom box" type radio sitting on the floor. From there, I couldn't even begin to tell you what happened...

Oh, Pat, I'm not laughing at you, I am laughing with you, as that so sounds like something that I would have done and can relate to!  I'm just picturing the sequence of events!
:D ;D
Quoted from pkarmeier
...until my tailbone and head hit the plaster wall. Can I just say that plaster is HARD!!!

;D Yeah it is.  They don't make 'em like they used to!  I have plaster walls, too, and I love 'em.  Don't want to fall into 'em though...for both our sakes.

As far as the tailbone thing goes, I feel onto mine (the details of which I shall share momentarily) long about 1994 and I believe that might have contributed to my back prob, although then again it might be congenital and I had smaller episodes before but nothing like what happened after that and I only wish I could remember if it was RIGHT after or if it had already started before, or what, but in the end, I guess it doesn't matter because my back prob is my back prob, no use figuring out what, if anything, caused or contributed to it.  But anyway, I was renting a house that, instead of a NORMAL shower, had this asanine thing rigged up that was an antique, footed/claw bathtub, right, so the bottom of the tub was NOT flat or designed for standing up straight in, but anyway, the landlady (many landlords can and often do s*ck at least as much or more than many renters, fyi) had gerryrigged (sp.?) this weird shower set-up that cannot be described, but one day, probably predictably, my feet slipped out from under me and I landed squarely on my sacral area.  Like you, I was frozen there a moment thinking:  1.) what just happened?; and 2. omg, what if my head had hit the side of this tub, and I had died, and no one would have found my body until the stench got so bad that a concerned neighbor called the authorities?  Anyway, I never went to get it checked out, but it was around that same time that my back problem began in earnest.  Like I said, it drives me nuts that I can't remember if it started before or after that...but either way, there was ONE mini-episode back in MD before that which seems to indicate that something congenital is at least part of it and was already in place.  That first episode was out of the total and utter blue.  I was sitting on the floor and to my great surprise and concern, could not get up, could not straighten up, when I tried.  I was like, WTF?  Ended up crawling from the living room, through the hallway, to the bedroom and slooooowly pulling myself up by the knobs on a bureau, but then, once I was straightened up, I was fine, so I was like:  did that really just happen?  And thus the first sign of back trouble began, circa 1992 or 3, as that is when I was in that apartment.  Nothing after that one incident until around 1994.  It was almost like a mirage, like, again:  did that really happen, or did I imagine it?  WEIRD!  Just wish I could remember if I ever had any back probs, which started around 1994 in the rental house, before that fall onto my coccyx/tailbone/sacral area, or if it started after that.  Dang, why are my brain cells so cortisoled out?  Maddening!

All I can say is get it checked out.  And take it easy in the meantime.  And, one word:  chiro.  Love 'em, need 'em, gotta have 'em.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 5:58pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from Edna
All I can say is get it checked out.   And, one word:  chiro.

Been there, done that - on both. :-)
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