A little frustrated.

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A little frustrated.

My baby is 18 days old today and I'm still in pain. Sad

My tailbone was broken during birth (thanks to a crappy semi-reclined pushing position and a baby coming at top speed). I thought it was getting better but the last couple of days the progress seems to have gone in reverse a little.

Recovery from my first vbac was a dream, I guess I was expecting this time to be the same or better, and it would have been if not for my tailbone.

I feel frustrated. I was feeling mostly recovered from my c-section by this point and right now I still can't sit normally and I need ibprophen at least once a day. I would still choose a vaginal birth over a section... but I'm frustrated!

Anyone else have their tailbone broken? Any advice for recovery?

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my friend did and I wouldn't ask for advice from her. She's very pestimistic and 'seems' to just get worse. I do hope it starts to heal for you soon. It sucks that there's not much you can do but wait it out. Do the docs have any advice?

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"renee24" wrote:

my friend did and I wouldn't ask for advice from her. She's very pestimistic and 'seems' to just get worse. I do hope it starts to heal for you soon. It sucks that there's not much you can do but wait it out. Do the docs have any advice?

My regular doctor was on vacation when I took the baby for a check-up. I'll see him again at the baby's one month appointment. The doctor who delivered just told me it would take a month to heal... not sitting properly for a month stinks!

I've been sitting on my breastfeeding pillow to take away some of the pressure and taking hot baths which helps temporarily.

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Asked my dad (physiotherapist) and he said that tailbones (like ribs) take forever to heal simply because they can't do much for you but let it go on its own. He suggested:

- Don't sit for long periods of time, and if you do have to, buy a doughnut (like for severe hemi's) or switch from more to the left cheek than the right, but not straight on.

- Ibuprofen for pain, (your already doing that)

- Ice every 15mins a few times a day.

And he said if its continuing to be a source of pain (ie: not getting better) your best shot is go and speak with your GP and see if they won't do localized pain med injections also xray to make sure it is in fact healing. But those are for severe cases...

Hope that helps! KUP *hugs and healing thoughts*

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Thanks for the tips! I actually bought one of the doughnut pillows but it doesn't seem to work because the opening is in the middle and my tailbone is at the back. Since the breastfeeding pillow is horseshoe shaped, it seems to work better.

I haven't tried putting ice on it yet.Heat feels good, but I guess that won't really help with inflammation.

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No advice. I hope it heals asap. I'm sorry your recovery isn't as great this time. Booo to a broken tailbone. Sad

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I'm sorry to tell you this, but I have broken my tailbone, and it took years and years before it was what I would call fully recovered. Not that I was in constant pain all that time. That was some months right after the injury. But for years after, my bottom would start feeling uncomfortable while sitting for long periods of time. Sadly, there really isn't much you can do but ride it out. However, it is going to get better than it is now, and it won't take too much longer before it's only an inconstant thing. {{{HUGS}}} Wish I had better news, but tailbones are tough.

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Katie, everyone that tells me about their tailbone has a similar story. Sad

A few months to feel more "normal" and then a year or more to feel like it's healed. I guess I won't be riding a bike this summer! haha

The last couple of days I've had muscle spasms around the area that have just felt awesome (sarcasm). I'm going to go to the chiropractor next week, I'm hoping it will help a little.

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Awww hugs that totally stinks. I am so sorry!!!

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(((Hugs))) I'm sorry, I wish there was something out there that could alleviate the pain Sad

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Rebecca, that sounds miserable. I hope you're on the mend soon. Sad

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So sorry Sad :bigarmhug:

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That sounds so horrible. I can comisserate a little...never broke my tailbone, but I did have an abcess on my tailbone when I was around 11 or 12. I was in a lot of pain for a long time. It's not a nice area to have something go wrong!

Definitely ice it....10 minutes 3x a day is optimal. (Heat does feel so much better at the time though, doesn't it?!) And you mentioned muscle spasms....have you looked into taking a muscle relaxant? I've never checked them against "Medications and Mother's Milk" so I'm not sure what, if anything, is OK to take. There's got to be something though.

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{{hugs}}!!! I can totally imagine that the healing process will be long - I only bruised my tailbone a few months ago and I still feel it if I sit straight on for a long time. uuuuug!!! arnica may help for local inflammation too, at least to boost the ibuprofin.
I also know how you feel to be after the birth and still in pain. With ds1 i had such bad hemmis from pushing in lithotomy for 2 hours and I was in excruciating pain for months afterwards - it was awful and made me sooo mad!
wishing you a really quick healing!

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How are you feeling now?

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It's still uncomfortable, that's for sure, but it does seem to be healing. I won't be riding any bicycles for a long while, but I can go out without my breastfeeding pillow to sit on.

Thank you all for the great tips and pointers.

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Glad it is at least improving!

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*lurker*

I'm sorry you are in pain Sad I broke my tailbone during my first delivery with DD and it was h*ll to recover from Sad Time and sitting on the boppy were the only 2 things that seemed to help. I still have pain in it to this day and I broke it over 9yrs ago! I do hope you start feeling better soon!!

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I am glad you are feeling somewhat better. Hugs!