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Pain in lower back and tail bone, headache, hip pain. Hard mass at tip of tail bone. Help

I have developed horrible lower back, tail bone pain coupled with headaches, spinal , and leg/ hip pain. While inspecting the source of my pain ( tail bone tip) I noticed a hard mass at the tip of my tail bone. It`s kind of like a tail but you can tell I have it unless your touch it. The mass it at the very tip of the tail bone. I see my doctor next week but I am literally in tears with pain. I`m a 26 year old female that is otherwise healthy and fit. this bump prevents me from participating in the many physical activities I am apart of.
Asked On : Mon, 9 Sep 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

From the description, I feel that you are suffering from Coccydynia (tail bone pain).
The hard mass you are feeling could be cyst or a tumour. An xray of the coccyx and MRI scan is needed to establish the correct diagnosis.

The general treatment guidelines for this condition are -

* 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
* Lean forward while sitting down

* Sit on a doughnut-shaped pillow or wedge (V-shaped) cushion

* Apply heat or ice to the affected area

*Physical therapy involving strengthening of pelvic area muscles , stimulation with ultrasound therapy

* Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil)

If your symptoms are not relieving with the above measures, consult an orthopedic surgeon for further management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Mon, 9 Sep 2013
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