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Suggest treatment for tailbone pain post injury

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Posted on Tue, 17 Nov 2015
Question: Hi, I fell on my tailbone yesterday dismounting my horse. Unfortunately, it hurt a lot more than it did 40 years ago when I was in my 20s! Although I don't have any pain when I am sitting or sleeping; walking, getting up and down out of a chair is very painful. I have been alternating ice and heat almost constantly since it happened less than 24 hours ago without any change in the pain. Not sure what else to do. I am supposed to fly to XXXXXXX tomorrow but don't see how I can do it at this point. What do you recommend?
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Use doughnut cushion for relief.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Follow these measures for relief from the symptoms:

1) Avoid sitting down for long periods of time. When seated, do not sit on hard surfaces and alternate sitting on each side of the buttocks. Also, lean forward and direct your weight away from the tailbone.

2) Take adequate rest and apply cold compresses, avoid re-injury to the affected area and take some antiinflammatory and pain medications like ibuprofen(motrin) or diclofenac.

3) You can also use a "doughnut" cushion or pillow to sit on. This cushion has a hole in the middle of it to prevent the tailbone from contacting the flat surface.

4) Also eat a high fiber diet foods to soften stools and avoid constipation.
If all these measures help you then only you can plan your travel according to the severity of the pain.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL XXXX

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Suggest treatment for tailbone pain post injury

Brief Answer: Use doughnut cushion for relief. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. Follow these measures for relief from the symptoms: 1) Avoid sitting down for long periods of time. When seated, do not sit on hard surfaces and alternate sitting on each side of the buttocks. Also, lean forward and direct your weight away from the tailbone. 2) Take adequate rest and apply cold compresses, avoid re-injury to the affected area and take some antiinflammatory and pain medications like ibuprofen(motrin) or diclofenac. 3) You can also use a "doughnut" cushion or pillow to sit on. This cushion has a hole in the middle of it to prevent the tailbone from contacting the flat surface. 4) Also eat a high fiber diet foods to soften stools and avoid constipation. If all these measures help you then only you can plan your travel according to the severity of the pain. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL XXXX