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How long til it heals?

Asked by frankielaguna (256points) May 1st, 2008

I have recently hurt my Tail Bone,. It seems it’s getting worse and worse, instead of better. What’s the average healing time for this type of injury?

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marinelife's avatar

You may have fractured it. The average healing time for this fracture is 6 to 8 weeks. Healing is considered complete when there is no motion at the fracture site and when X-rays show complete bone union.

The doctor will manipulate the broken coccyx into normal position in a “closed” procedure (without surgery) or will remove the coccyx surgically. Manipulation should be done as soon as possible after injury. Six or more hours after the fracture, bleeding around the injury and displacement of body fluids may lead to shock. Also, many tissues lose their elasticity and become difficult to return to a normal position.

Treatment after manipulation or surgical removal: Use frequent ice massage. Fill a large Styrofoam cup with water and freeze. Tear a small amount of foam from the top so ice protrudes. Massage firmly over the tailbone area in a circle about the size of a softball. Do this for 15 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day. Apply heat instead of ice, if it feels better. Use heat lamps, hot soaks, hot howers, heating pads, or heat liniments or ointments.Take whirlpool treatments, if available. Massage gently and often to provide comfort and decrease swelling.

Probably ought to see a doc. Here’s a reference with more info:

Hope it gets better!

frankielaguna's avatar

Thanks I have heat on it while I’m at work and I take frequent warm showers. I haven’t tried ice/cool compresses yet, but I will try that as soon as I go home. I’m think I’m going to go to the doctor tomorrow morning so he can check it out. I never knew this could hurt so bad! Thanks for the answer!

buster's avatar

it might have it swelling up around the top of your buttcrack? a few weeks ago i fell on my butt skating. it keep swelling and got where i couldnt sit at all. finally i was in so much pain i went to the doctor. it was cracked and all the pooling blood had abcessed. the doctor said abcess is common in coccyx trauma. i was put on bactrin an antibiotic and lortabs. it eventually ruptured and twice a day for 2 weeks my mom who is a nurse had to poke gauze into it then dress it. it was pretty much like wearing a tampon with a maxi pad on the top of my butt. it was gnarly. also the doctor told me to put castor oil on a rag and put a heating pad on it. that was supposed to help draw the infection out.

scamp's avatar

If it is getting worse instead of better, your best bet is to consult a doctor and not second guess what going on in there. I hope you feel better soon.

frankielaguna's avatar

@buster Yeah It’s super swollen. I think that’s what it could be. I’m going to the doctor today so we will see what he says.

scamp's avatar

@frankielaguna Good luck! Keep us posted. I hope it’s nothing too serious.

frankielaguna's avatar

Alright just got back from the Dr. It was something I didn’t even think of, a Cyst. I really didn’t know a cyst could cause me so much discomfort and pain. The prescription, Epsom Salt Bath Soaks, Naproxen, And Cephalexan. So Basically an anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic.

It should heal within about a week of all this. The Bad News, No Pain Killers!!!!

scamp's avatar

Naproxen should help with some of the pain, and Cephalexen is a pretty good antibiotic, so it should help resolve the cyst. Did the doctor take samples of the fluid inside it for a culture? If it doesn’t improve, you might want to ask for this to rule out staph, which could lead to MRSA.

For OTC pain relief Percogesic is very good. It may make you a little drowsy tho. Check with your pharmacist to see what he says about taking it along with the Naproxen first. Percogesic is Acetomeniphen based, so it should be ok. but ask a professional to be sure. I hope you feel better soon.

frankielaguna's avatar

@scamp Yeah It feels a lot better after all the drugs kicked in, :). Still hurts but it doesn’t hurt as bad

No he didn’t take any samples. It was the on-call doctor rather than my normal one cause he didn’t have an opening ‘til next week.

scamp's avatar

Oh buster ! That looks so painful!! How long ago was that picture taken?
@frankielaguna Do you have a follow up appointment with your doctor? I think I would give it 10 days, and if it’s not much better you should go back. but if it gets any worse, don’t wait. A friend of mine has a husband in the military, and he had a “boil” on his butt, that turned out to be MRSA. he got very sick very fast, and it took a lot of treatment to get him well. I hope this doesn’t happen to you.

buster's avatar

that picture was taken march 1st.

bulbatron9's avatar

@buster That is fucking gnarly! I bet you couldn’t sit down for weeks!

Check out my avatar!

scamp's avatar

@buster Is it healed now? OW! it hurts me just to look at that.

buster's avatar

yeah its healed thank god. it did hurt i couldnt sit. riding in a car was excruciating. i was living on vicodins for 2 weeks.

frankielaguna's avatar

@buster WOW! I’m glad mine are not that bad!!!
@scamp No, I don’t have a follow up yet. I should get one though.

Last time I had a cyst, they just drained it. Is it not the same for my “hair follicle” cyst?

@buster (again) Yeah Driving gives me the worst pain of it all. But I gotta commute to work. It’s about a 20–45min drive depending on traffic. So… Yeah :(

frankielaguna's avatar

Aww.. Some bad news, My Anti-Biotic can cause fever’s, dizziness, and headches. I’ve got all three :( I have to take it 4 times a day for 10 days! I don’t know if I can handle that.
Last night I had a fever of 102.8F.


scamp's avatar

Call your!!! Let him decide if you need something different or if you need to ride it out and continue.

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