Symptoms Of Coccydynia (Tailbone Pain)
The main symptom of coccydynia is pain above the buttock region. They are generally localized and tender. Prolonged sitting, body movements, and strenuous activities may increase the pain. You may experience the pain while bending down as well. Other symptoms include pain while defecating and sexual intercourse.
Coccydynia or tailbone pain is pain that you may experience in the coccyx region. The most common causes of this tailbone pain include childbirth, coccyx injury. repetitive strain injury, poor posture, unhealthy body weight, old age, and rarely, infections or cancer.
The main symptom of coccydynia is pain and tenderness in the area just about the buttocks. If you already have a tailbone injury or you are experiencing pain and discomfort in the lower back, above the buttocks, do not overlook it.
Symptoms Of Coccydynia
1. Localized Pain And Tenderness
Pain is the main symptom of coccydynia as mentioned earlier. This pain is usually confined to the tailbone area and does not radiate through the pelvis and other lower extremities. The pain may be dull and achy most of the times with occasional sharp pains. The pain can range from mild to severe.
There may be a general discomfort or tightness around the tailbone constantly, or the pain may come and go with pressure or movement. For instance, if you are bending down to take a fallen object, you may experience pain and discomfort. This may be due to a damaged tailbone.
2. Increased Pain With Sitting
The pain may increase from mild to moderate with prolonged sitting. This is because the weight of your body is focused on your coccyx region. When you are sitting, there is excess pressure applied to the muscles and coccyx. This pain may be experienced when you are working –if you have a desk job – or while driving your car.
This increase in pain may also be observed if you are sitting on hard surfaces like a wooden bench or metal chairs. Leaning back against a wall may cause excess pressure to the tailbone area and this may also cause the pain to worsen.
3. Severe Pain With Movements
The moderate pain that you may experience while sitting may worsen with more movements. When moving from a seated position to a standing position or vice versa, the rotation of the pelvic bones and the muscles that assist in the movement may cause severe pain. This pain may cause you to hold something to support you, thereby providing better stability.
Standing for long periods may also make this pain worse. If you have an existing tailbone injury, wearing heels will cause more pain and strain on the coccyx region.
4. Pain While Defecating
You may experience pain while defecating because of the tailbone pain or an existing tailbone injury. You may experience some kind of strain while defecating. This may also be a symptom of coccydynia. This may be due to the proximity of the coccyx to your rear end.
5. Pain During Sexual Intercourse
If you experience heightened pain during sexual intercourse, it may be a symptom of tailbone pain or coccydynia. If this occurs repeatedly, do not ignore it.
Apart from the symptoms mentioned, some people may also experience back pain, shooting leg pains (sciatica), and painful buttocks and hips.