Coccyx broke in 2004, now sore for four years with involved issues

by Cassady
(Philly, Pa)

Does hurt anywhere?

Does hurt anywhere?

Hi, I was wearing Japanese long socks without the long socks glue (Google it, it's crazy) in 2004 and slipped on my stairs, landed on my butt, breaking my coccyx, busting a blood vessel in my eye and passing out.
I sat on the donut for weeks, then the pain went away.

Recently, maybe 2014, maybe later, my tailbone has started being sore. I have neck, shoulder, back and head pain.
I have started getting Acephalgic migraine, and blue and red colors are super vivid now.

I was okay for a month, then I sat at my therapist's office for 5 hours and a day later, sore tailbone and back and shoulder pain. 2 days ago I started feeling like I had to pee every 30 mins.
I think the coccyx injury and re-injury has caused muscle spasm etc.
What can I do?

Hello Cassady,
I take it your are thirty odd, not sixty. After hormone replacement treatment, incontinence is a not so uncommon sequela, but I don't think that's your problem.

The first step is a simple urine analysis just to be sure you don't have a bladder infection.

When you have generalised pain, I always think of three things:

1. Do you have a significantly short leg; ask someone to stand behind you, place their hands on your hips and eyeball them; then bend slowly forwards; is there a scoliosis or distinct unleveling of the hips?

2. How active are you? Are you going for walks regularly, doing lower back exercises and generally busy? If not then of course you have back pain, and are visiting the therapist regularly. Simple regular exercise of your choice is the cure for a host of ailments.

3. Are you enjoying a typical American diet which is highly inflammatory, not only of joints and muscles, but organs too. Sit on a donut by all means, but never eat one. Are you using high omega-6 seed oils? How often do you enjoy fatty fish? Are you eating your greens? These are all things that profoundly affect our mental and physical health.

The coccyx is very tied up with the sacroiliac joint, as is a short leg. It's a very common source of low back pain; have your chiropractor examine your pelvis.

Obviously, unable to examine you I'm shooting in the dark, Cassady. Hope you spelt your own name right, I'm just copying it. None or all of this may fit. You make no mention of any treatment, but it's time you consulted someone knowledgeable about such things.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B


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by: Cassady

I am 49 years old, I go to the gym 3 times a week eat very healthy. I am on bioidentical progesterone.
At first I tried hormone replacements thinking it was hormonal. But it didn't fix it.
Masturbation makes things worse, and yes I have had a full physical including Gynae exam, and everything's fine.
I haven't tried a Chiropractor, but I don't know which ones are good in my area.

Hello Cassady,
I don't know what bioidentical progesterone is, and the duo of progesterone and oestrogen is certainly far worse, but personally I'm dead against HRT in any form, except in extreme cases. Obviously if you've had a full hysterectomy including ovaries...

Incontinence is just one of the many side effects; one of the less serious.

The best way to find a plumber, lawyer, chiropractor... is to talk to friends and family; and your doctor.

Dr B

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