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Tailbone hurts. Have swelling and bruising. Take ibuprofen?

i went to my doctor because my tailbone hurts really bad and across the top of my butt. i have bruising around my tailbone and swelling and extreame tenderness in that area. she said she thinks i tore the tissue that covers my muscles are torn and are patruding. she said i need to rest for 72 hrs taking 800mg ibprophen ever 8 hrs and no exercise for a week. i did not fall. i am just curious about what your opinion is.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014
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Thanks for writing your query
Based on your description this injury is called coccygodynia. My advice for you would be-
1. Sitz’s bath- sit in the tub filled with lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes two times daily.
2. Avoid sitting on hard surface and try to sit on one buttock. Avoid jerky rides and take rest.
3. Medication wise you may take Ibuprofen for few days.
It usually takes 2-3 week time to heal. If the problem persists see your local doctor.
Take care and wish you good health.
Dr.chugh Orthopaedic surgeon

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