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Sep 29, 2016
Last weekend when approaching a boulder problem my crashpad slipped out from underneath me as I stepped on it. I dropped a couple of feet squarely onto a log right on my tailbone. It still hurts while sitting and even doing yoga. Climbing, fortunately, doesn't hurt as much. It's been 5 days since my mishap. I thought about going to the doctor but assume that he will just tell me to wait for it to heal or get an xray or MRI to make sure nothing is broken. Has anybody else hurt their tailbone (coccyx)? Neal Royal
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Sep 29, 2016
Neal Royal wrote:
It's been 5 days since my mishap. I thought about going to the doctor but assume that he will just tell me to wait for it to heal or get an xray or MRI to make sure nothing is broken.


A doctor would want to make sure nothing is broken? That's crazy.
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
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Sep 29, 2016
Took a digger on my ass in road cleats. Self diagnosed with bruised tail bone, and was tentatively confirmed by a PT friend. Prepare for about 2 years of sitting ass pain before completely pain free (not kidding). I was cautioned that the tail bone can be dislocated, & that manual relocation would be one's worst nightmare. Enjoy! :-)

PS-there is nothing that can be done for a broken tail bone.
the schmuck
From Albuquerque, NM
Joined Feb 6, 2012
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Sep 29, 2016
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I bruised mine years ago. I had to sit on a doughnut and can sometimes tell you when its going to rain because my butt bone starts hurting.

But like the schmuck said, there's nothing that can be done, whether its bruised or busted.
Legs Magillicutty
From Littleton
Joined May 28, 2002
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Sep 29, 2016
I "probably" broke mine (i.e. self diagnosed) several years ago, and I was fine after a month or so. Gunkiemike
Joined Jul 29, 2009
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Sep 29, 2016
On a related area I am always surprised at how many people attach their chalk bag with a carabiner even when bouldering.
Falling on that can mess up your tailbone. That happened to a friend of mine.
A chalkbag belt makes way more sense - can't mess up your tailbone, lighter, and can easily be moved around in offwidths.
Lou Hibbard
From Eagan, MN
Joined Mar 12, 2006
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Sep 29, 2016
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Slowly rolled off one of those exercise balls onto a hard floor and it still hurt for two or three weeks - Heard about it hurting for months for other people even for similar low-velocity falls

Guess the coccyx is actually 3 separate bones?
Christian
From Casa do Cacete
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