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Tailbone pain

Posted 01 Sep 2020 at 11:59

Hi all,

I am 18 months post prostatectomy and for the past 5 months I have had tailbone pain when sitting down! I am not sure it has got worse over that period but it certainly hasn’t gone away! PSA undetectable and everything else seems to work just fine...just can’t rid myself of this pain in the coccyx...basically right on the end! MRI of Spine last August showed nothing abnormal outside usual age-related degeneration (awesome). 

Anyone else out there suffer from this? Tried every painkiller known to man and also hot/cold compresses. Sometimes heat relieves it a little but not for long...

Take care now,


Posted 01 Sep 2020 at 13:50
Timing seems closely linked to Covid & lockdown - have you spent more time working from home, sitting in an inadequate position, less active / more active / differently active to before? Ask for a referral to physiotherapy and, if you are employed, occupational health.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

Posted 01 Sep 2020 at 20:39

I have mid back pain but suspect it’s largely due to lack of gym since March due to Covid and too much console/PCtime. Started the ramp up the exercise and some pilates...🤠🤓🤖 I had an MRI in the lumbar region when I had my prostate scan ~July 2019....same feed back about age related degeneration 🥴👀

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Posted 02 Sep 2020 at 09:22

Thanks both - I think mine started before co-vid but I am guessing that certainly hasn’t helped! I work from home and don’t have access to work-based evaluations of how I sit so rely on videos etc. Trying a Pilates ball now and will see if that relieves any pressure. It’s odd because if I actually manipulate the tailbone it always hurts somewhat but sitting on my £1000 fully ergonomic chair makes it a lot worse despite setting it up to all the guidelines. Painkillers not helping at all also mystifies me a little as you would expect them to take the edge off! One session of physio didn’t seem to shed any light. Will keep trying a few things until it gets to a point where I need to see a specialist but the last back person I saw a few years ago charged me £200 to basically say “yeah, backs aren’t a good evolution and not much we can do”...

Oh, and I am a bad (or is that good) sloucher on the sofa...maybe it all adds up as you get older. One more thing to enjoy!

Posted 02 Sep 2020 at 18:55
Getting old may not be all fun but it is better than the alternative
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

Posted 18 Nov 2020 at 21:57

I have had the same thing! I thought it was just me.

I have been on Prostap for 5 months and have had the usual symptoms - hot flushes ( getting a bit easier now) ; muscle and joint aches, and a higher heart rate ( about 10 bpm up). Plus this strange tailbone discomfort. I can't put it down to being more sedentary , cos i'm not ( lockdown hasn't really affected my daily activity- if anything I am spending less time in the car , and more time pottering about). 

I haven't been able to find anything which either predicts or explains this. So I can't help much, other than to say- you aren't alone! 

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