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Tail bone, back pain on sitting. Deformity in tail bone since birth. Related symptoms?

I was born with a deformity in my tailbone. It doesn t curve the way it should, instead it s like it just goes straight down; so when I sit on any surface, especially a hard one, my tailbone hurts because it is coming in contact with whatever I m sitting on. I ve had alot more back pain since I ve started sitting at a desk all day. Could the two be related?
Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
I'm sorry you're having back problems. Even people with anatomically normal tailbones can develop back pain while sitting at a desk all day; for someone with a tailbone deformity, back pain is even more likely to occur. For one thing, you're probably altering your posture to compensate for your tailbone deformity, and this is undoubtedly straining your back. For another, if your tailbone has some anatomical anomalies, it's possible your lumbar or thoracic spines aren't quite right, either. X-rays or MRI might be needed to determine if that's the case, but it's something to keep in mind.
You might benefit from using a chair that's more ergonomically appropriate for you. Physical therapists can be helpful in this regard. (Some employers retain physical therapists who offer ergonomic evaluations to employees, so you might ask your boss if he/she has any suggestions.) At the very least, a doughnut pillow might allow you to sit more comfortably in your chair and take the strain off your back. However, if your problems persist, see your doctor for an evaluation.
I hope that answers your question. Good luck!
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