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Fell backwards into bathtub. Lumbar, cervical surgery done. Pain in pelvic, tailbone area. What to do?

I took a fall into the bathtub a couple weeks ago. I was standing next to it & fell backwards into it. I ve had 4 lumbar surgeries & I cervical surgery. I see the specialist on Monday. I can hardly walk or stand. My pelvic area & tailbone are awfully painful. And I have to sleep on my left side. No other way! What do you think? Ty, Donna Smith Decatur, Al
Asked On : Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hi and welcome to HCM

From description , it seems you might developed muscular or ligamentous strain over pelvic and tailbone area .
Now after couple weeks if pain is severe ,I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. You may get the xray/ MRI of the area affected under his/her guidance.
Meanwhile following measures will help with the pain
• Lie on a hard bed.
• Anti -inflammatory drugs like Tablet Motrin 1 tablet as and when required
• Avoid forward bending.
• Avoid strenuous activity & lifting heavy weights.
• Apply diclofenac gel on the affected area. Warm compresses will also help.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and informative and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care.
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

The pain in the tail bone area is COCCYDYNIA resulting from injury to coccyx(tail bone). An xray of the sacrum will diagnose, if there is any fracture.

The general treatment guidelines for coccydynia are as follows -

* Lean forward while sitting down
* Sit on a doughnut-shaped pillow or wedge (V-shaped) cushion
* Sit completely upright with proper posture — keeping your back firmly against the chair, knees level with your hips, feet flat on the floor and shoulders relaxed
* Apply heat or ice to the affected area
* Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil)
*Physical therapy involving strengthening of pelvic area muscles , stimulation with ultrasound therapy

If your symptoms are persisiting even after the above measures, consult an orthopedic surgeon for further management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Sat, 14 Sep 2013
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