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5 ways to cope with coccyx pain

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My blog posts tend to talk about chronic pain in general, rather than specifically be about the type of pain that I have. My pain can only be described as coccydynia pain as I feel my pain where my coccyx was, and I am in pain when I sit down. It also hurts when I move from a sitting to a standing position. I don’t have a diagnosis for my pain, and I had my coccyx removed in 2012 but that didn’t make things better. These days, I don’t focus on what is causing my pain, I focus on pain management and the things I can do every day to make things better. In this post I talk about 5 ways to cope with coccyx pain.

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Use a coccyx cut-out cushion

I’m the first one to admit that I’m too embarrassed to use my cushion the majority of the time when out in public, but I always use it in the car and at home. I literally could not cope without it.

In total I own 4 coccyx cut-out cushions – I have one in my house, one in each of our cars, and one at my mum and dad’s. It saves me having to remember to take it with me and keep moving it about. It also makes it less of a big deal too; just leaving the cushion where it is just makes me feel a little bit more normal.

I’ve probably tried every coccyx cut-out cushion there is, but the only one that really helps is the Putnams version. It’s not 100% perfect by any means, but it does mean I can sit for longer before the pain kicks in. Once it’s kicked in, then nothing helps – except trying to sit awkwardly but that then causes my neck and upper back pain.

I like this cushion because of it’s design, and it doesn’t have a big obvious cut-out section, so is probably the least embarrassing type.

My Putnams coccyx cut-out cushion in black
The Putnams coccyx cut-out cushion

Be open and honest with those around you so they understand

This is hard. I struggled with this for the first few years of my pain. I always hid it, said ‘no’ to stuff, and my anxiety took over. I still don’t like to shout it from the roof tops, but I am more honest with my friends and family about my pain and this helps them understand, and it makes me feel more understood. I still get embarrassed when people make a fuss, but I know it’s only because they care and don’t want me to be in pain.

Find things to do that involve walking and lying down

One good thing about my sitting pain is that I now love to go for a walk. I find it so therapeutic and it really helps my overall health and wellbeing. And it means I am doing something and not in pain. I get the odd painful twang when I walk, but this doesn’t happen a lot.

I also try and do stuff lying down, like watching Netflix, films, TV or reading so I am managing my pain as best I can. The only downside of this is that I soon fall asleep, but as always I just listen to what my body needs, and if a 10 minute snooze is what I need, then I’ll just do it.

My trainers on a walk

Learn more about chronic pain

This was the turning point for me. The more I learnt about chronic pain the more I understood it and it helped me accept how things are for me. I don’t have any answers for my pain; I literally have no idea what is causing it, and this is hard to accept. But understanding how chronic pain can affect us, and why it’s important to still do the stuff we enjoy despite having chronic pain, literally turned my life around.

Stay distracted

This is crucial. Do not sit there and dwell and try and change what you cannot change. Keep your mind busy by distracting yourself. Read, do puzzles, start crafting, get out in nature, learn to be more mindful, do anything that will help you stop thinking about your pain.

Your thoughts

Do you suffer from coccyx pain or coccydynia?

What do you do to cope with your pain?


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4 thoughts on “5 ways to cope with coccyx pain

  1. Cynthia Covert says:

    Hugs!!! Coccyx pain is a real pain in the rear!! It started for me after falling and breaking my tailbone in early 2009. By 2012 I couldn’t even sit up in the car. I had to ride lying down on the backseat. Ice helped, but who wants an ice pack on their rear 24/7?! Finally in 2014 cannabis greatly reduced the pain and reduced how often I needed to ice the area, plus allowed me to sit and drive again. Then in 2017, four months after running daily PEMF treatments on the area, the pain was gone. I hope to God that I never have to experience a pain like that again… it is awful!

  2. Invisibly Me says:

    Coccyx pain is not often talked about, so I think you’ve done excellently with this post. I’ve not tried the Putnams cushion, I’ll make a note and I’ll pass on this post to a few other ladies I know who struggle a lot with coccyx pain. I have it too. It’s not much fun! It is particularly difficult and strange in your case with your coccyx having been removed, yet nobody can really say what’s causing it..it’s like that phantom limb pain. Is it possible there’s nerve damage from when it was removed? Thank you for sharing your tips xx

    • Alice says:

      I’m sorry to read you have coccyx pain too Caz. A few people has suggested mine could be nerve damage, but I just don’t know. I’ve given up exploring what is causing the pain. I wish I had some answers as it would be easier to explain to people. If you try the Putnams cushion, let me know xx

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