If you have pain or pressure over your tailbone area, also known as the coccyx, you might have coccydynia.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of coccydynia include a deep aching feeling in your tailbone. You might notice that the pain worsens during bowel movements, while sitting, or while going from a sitting to standing position. The pain can come and go or stay constant.
What are the causes of coccydynia?
It is not uncommon for there to be no definitive cause of coccydynia. However, sometimes the condition can be traced to childbirth, some type of injury or trauma, or disc degeneration, which is the general wearing down of discs in your back. Sciatica, compression of one of the nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve, can also be a cause.
How is it treated?
Coccydynia that persists can sometimes be relieved with a local cortisone injection. However, treating the underlying cause, if it can be identified, is most effective. An epidural and spinal stimulators can relieve pain from disc degeneration and from sciatica, and involve blocking pain signals being sent to the brain. Minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery can also be a treatment for disc degeneration.