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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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mrs D, a 78 year old woman has very severe sacroiliac joint pain, and even more severe cramps in her right leg. There are two problems; she is on two diuretics but no slow K. Taking her temporarily off one diuretic and adjusting the SIJ brought 50 percent relief within four days. 

2. Mr S, a 48 year old man, has right low back pain, groin pain and a numb feeling in his lower leg when he sports. For six months he's been off football. He too has two problems; a very treatable lumbar facet syndrome and a very serious blocked artery in the groin; it's called intermittent claudication. Smokers beware.  

3. Mr S looks like the leaning tower of Pisa; he has a slipped disc at L5 making him lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; we'll fix it, but he has to stop for a week or two. Antalgias are serious so take them seriously. 

4. Mrs V too has  two conditions; a chronic low grade sciatica giving her an ache in the right leg, and a threatening Morton's neuroma. She's glad I'm back in Holland; chiropractic fixed it before, and we'll fix it again. 

5. Mrs W is one of the lucky ones, says her doctor. I agree. He says only 40% of patients with lumbar stenosis have a successful operation. We fixed a nasty slipped disc three years ago, but it came back two years later; the surgeon did a fine job but she has a weak ankle now giving her subtalar joint pain; it's routine stuff. 

6. I myself had an acute exacerbation of a femoral nerve lesion last year. One immediate treatment of the new strain by my colleague has fixed the pain in the lower back, but there's some residual numbness in the lower leg; no soaring tomorrow alas.

7. This lady is a 86 year old woman with a 63 scoliosis. Chronic lower back has been her lot in life but she's well pleased with chiropractic and comes for chiropractic help once a month; some conditions you can never cure.

8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.

9. A 61 year old man with upper cervical pain yesterday; it's not severe but also not getting better of its own accord. He's afraid it may turn very acute as when I treated him three years ago. Since then it's been fine. 

10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.

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. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.

13. Mrs B has had one of the nastiest of conditions; vertigo caused by a disturbance in the inner ear. Falling repeatedly and vomiting she consulted her doctor but medication didn't help. After two sessions of the Epley manoeuvres she was 50 percent better. After two weeks 75 percent improved. No longer vomiting all falling. She's not enjoying the Brandt Daroff home exercises.

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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