How do I take care of myself?

Don’t sit for long periods of time without standing up, take a short walk or do a couple quick stretches. If you love to ride your bike, cut back for now. Lie on your side when you sleep. Spend more time on your feet! Use the at-home remedies and stay in contact with your healthcare provider.

When should I see my healthcare provider?

See your healthcare provider if your severe tailbone pain does not improve within a few weeks. Also see him/her if your at-home remedies don’t work.

What questions should I ask my doctor?

  • What’s the cause of my tailbone pain?
  • How long do you think it will take for my pain to go away?
  • What over-the-counter medications do you recommend?
  • What type/brand of donut cushion do you recommend?
  • Which at-home remedies do you recommend?
  • Do you think I need surgery?
  • What else can I do to decrease my pain?
  • Is there a chiropractor you recommend?
  • What other medical professionals could help with my tailbone pain?

A note from Cleveland Clinic

Tailbone pain is uncomfortable but temporary. Keep vigilant. Take your medications as prescribed, apply your ice packs, take hot baths, get a donut (the cushion and, well, you might as well get the chocolate glazed one as well) and spend more time on your feet and keep those feet moving. Don’t let your coccydynia get unbearable before you contact your healthcare provider!

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