• PJ PJ
    December 02, 2008
    What causes pain in the lower back near the tailbone?
    PJ PJ
    December 02, 2008

    I have pain in my tail bone - not every day - but it will "flare up" on occasion. Should I be concerned?

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  • Cort
    Health Guide
    December 02, 2008
    Cort
    Health Guide
    December 02, 2008

    I forgot to mention that coccydynia appears to be more common in women perhaps because they are more prone in misalignments in that area which puts pressure on the nerves. 

  • Cort
    Health Guide
    December 02, 2008
    Cort
    Health Guide
    December 02, 2008

    Tailbone pain goes by the name of coccydynia. It can be caused by a variety of things; an injury to the area, shingles (you should see a rash, though) or some other infection, a cyst, or even sciatica. As with all cases of lower back pain in very, very rare cases it can be due to a tumor. Sometimes its impossible to isolate a cause; the area just seems to flare up for some reason. 

     

    Its often treated with anti-inflammatories, pain medications or cortisone injections to stop the inflammation. As with any painful area you should see a doctor to check it out. 

     

    Good luck! 


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