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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest treatment for inflammation and tenderness in tailbone

I am suffering from major tailbone inflammation and tenderness. It has become increasingly more painful the last few days. I recently flew overseas and was on a plane back for about 8 and half hours maybe it is just irritated? I have been taking Motrin every so often and icing on and off for 20 minutes. It does not feel like it is improving that much. At some moments it feels great and then an hour later the pain is back. I am a student and have many obligations coming up in the near future. Not sure what to do from here. Any suggestions?
Tue, 21 Feb 2017
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Neurologist 's  Response

Thank you for asking on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that it is necessary exclude possible nerve damage or an infection in this region (including abscess).

That is why, I would recommend performing a careful physical exam of the region and a CT scan, to exclude the above mentioned possibilities. Inflammation tests (complete blood count, PCR, ESR) are also needed.

If an infection is excluded steroids would be another treatment option. I would also recommend performing a lot of physical activity, in order to reinforce the muscles of this region.

Hope to have been helpful!
Kind regards, Dr. Aida
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