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Does Prolonged Sitting Cause Tail Bone Tenderness And Pain?

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Posted on Tue, 25 Aug 2015
Question: could sitting more than usual be the cause of tailbone tenderness/pain?or is tailbone pain caused by something more serious such as cancer?
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
could be pilonidal cyst

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

prolonged sitting may increase the risk for pilonidal cyst formation. This is actually an abscess and affects mostly men you sit for long periods (like drivers for example) and have a lot of hair on the area close to the tailbone.

Ask your doctor to have a look. If it is pilonidal cyst indeed then drainage might be needed.
Cancer related pain in this area would be very surprising!

Kind Regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (4 minutes later)
what about rectal cancer? Would that be the first symptom to manifest itself ? or what cancers would manifest themselves there if any? Thanks for your time.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
perhaps a metastatic bone lesion

Detailed Answer:
A metastatic bone lesion could cause pain on the tailbone but this would be a very unlikely (if possible) cause.
Rectal cancer usually presents with bleeding or constipation.
Let your doctor have a look at the area to check for skin lesions. If no lesion can be identified then an X-ray of the bones could help.

Kind Regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Does Prolonged Sitting Cause Tail Bone Tenderness And Pain?

Brief Answer: could be pilonidal cyst Detailed Answer: Hello, prolonged sitting may increase the risk for pilonidal cyst formation. This is actually an abscess and affects mostly men you sit for long periods (like drivers for example) and have a lot of hair on the area close to the tailbone. Ask your doctor to have a look. If it is pilonidal cyst indeed then drainage might be needed. Cancer related pain in this area would be very surprising! Kind Regards!