extreme sudden pain in lower back directly above the coccyx and total numbness directly over coccyx

by Rebecca
(Linköping SWEDEN)

48 year old female, gave birth 1 time, never had any surgeries. Was in a wreck Nov. 1990 while 5 months pregnant, severe whiplash down whole body, it felt like, I had to be cut out of the car, it tore the placenta slightly & water broke 6 weeks early. I went into shock & then later could not move left or right. BUT I don't even think that has anything to do with this current pain. 2 more recent 'fall downs' that directly affected my back-tailbone and-or hip.

Woke up and could not even bend forward or sit with weight on my right hip. It may be pertinent to note 2 things. In early September 2006, I fell backwards very quickly, when my right foot literally flew up to shoulder heighth like it had been jerked with a string. (ladies shoes, new leather thin sole and slick polished concrete floors always a danger) I twisted because I didn't want to bash my skull in, and in doing so landed right on my right hip joint and probably dislocated it briefly. I could not put any weight on my right hip for several months, nor on my tailbone for a shorter period of months + that also caused horrible pain. Hard to walk, putting all weight on left joint. That was at least 6 months.

Also a longer time ago, maybe late 2002, I was descending a very steep staircase with 22 steps in my home (and just smooth walls, no handgrip) I started to fall and was tilting forward, but, I was holding my baby in my arms (adrenalin, a wonderful thing) I threw my head back and let my body follow, but, I landed directly onto my coccyx (hard wood) HARD right on the step angle pointing outwards, then bumped down about 5 more steps in the same angle & hit right directly on the step edge. 7↕ (top of the arrow) All I could do is hand my baby to my husband and just about keeled over crying.

I never got treatment for either accident, the 1st time my (now ex) called me a baby for crying and acted thoroughly disgusted with my response, the whole time whining on about how I'm not a doctor and I can't KNOW whether or not it was broken, and besides even if it IS they can't do anything about it(he did that to me when i broke my toe also, and now that toe is 2x fatter than the never injured one, always red, bent at weird angle and, like if I bump it into a chair leg? forget about it)

When I fell on my hip with obvious dislocation, my son died 3 days later and I just never went for any treatment because I didn't care.

This MAY be related: suffering a chronic cough for 7 months and pulled ripped muscles, and even my ribs make bizarre clicking sounds like they have 'joints' but that doesnt hurt, its in the front under my right breast.

My bio+father had lower back surgery when he was younger than me, ruptured disc surgery, and maybe there's a genetic thing too.

The PAIN isnt in the coccyx, its 4 inches above, directly center, still 'back' area, but, radiating pain in groin and right hip. Complete numbness at coccyx, I stabbed it hard with a toothpick and didn't even feel PRESSURE, much less skin 'feelings' I can't really sit, but, just only stand or lay down.

P.S. the doctors here seem like they're just using 'checklists' and disregard anything I say.

Gosh, Rebecca, you've had a hard time. And I thought the stairs in Holland were dangerous, but at least they have a hand rail.

I take it this pain all started recently. A disc injury is a distinct possibility. Does it hurt if you cough or sneeze? Bearing down on the toilet? Laughing? Any pain in the leg.

However the groin pain points to the possibility of a sacro-iliac or hip condition.

Type "slipped disc rules" into the Search this site function at C-H for some guidelines.

I would recommend you see a local chiropractor for an examination, and direction.

I hope this has contributed.

Dr B

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1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Mrs T looked like the leaning tower of Pisa; she had a slipped disc at L5 making her lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; she's much better after two weeks of treatment and will go back to work next week, part time. Lateral discs are more difficult; both take a minimum of six weeks to heal. In my opinion, antalgic patients need what I call exercising bed rest. Sit and it won't get better.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months. He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the groin pain, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your lower back is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her hip, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Hypermobility is more difficult that too stiff in my opinion. Chiropractic is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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