What is coccydynia (tailbone pain)?

Coccydynia is pain in or around the area of the coccyx, also called the tailbone.

What causes coccydynia (tailbone pain)?

Most often, the cause of coccydynia is unknown (idiopathic). Other causes include:

  • Trauma (for example, from falls and childbirth)
  • Abnormal, excessive mobility of the tailbone
  • Infection, tumor, or fracture (very rare)

What are the symptoms of coccydynia (tailbone pain)?

The classic symptom is pain when pressure is applied to the tailbone, such as when sitting on a hard chair. Symptoms usually improve when pressure is relieved when standing or walking.

Other symptoms include:

  • Immediate and severe pain when moving from sitting to standing position
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Pain during sex
  • Deep ache in the region of the tailbone

You might also be suffering from depression and anxiety, especially if you have had the pain for a long period of time.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/22/2014.


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