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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:16 PM
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What's the best way to take care of a bruised tail bone?
My mom washed the floor and I slid like an idiot. I was lucky not to hurt myself worse, but I've been dealing with a bruised tail-bone for over a week now.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:18 PM
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1. ice -- that's all I can think of
And try to lay on your stomach? :shrug:

Good luck healing.
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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:25 PM
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10. Thanks to you and all like you!
:loveya: all!
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Mara Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:19 PM
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2. Oh, I'm sorry!!

I slipped on some icy steps a few years ago. Was lucky not to break my neck, but I had a terrible bruise and swelling for WEEKS, & had to have chiropractic reallignment to boot...

Ice, and aspirin is all I can say!! :pals: :(

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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:23 PM
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8. I had the luck of having this ironic situation happening...
Mom had just washed the floors, and told everyone else in the house (except me) to watch their steps. I walk towards the bathroom and the next thing I know...I'm looking at my legs over my head.
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priller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:21 PM
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3. Ice, aspirin...and time.
Used to be a pole vaulter in high school. One time my shoulders hit the mat but my tail bone hit the ground. Not much you can do but wait for it to heal.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:21 PM
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4. $240 worth of pudding
awww yeah.
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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:24 PM
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9. Awwwww yah...we gotta dip our balls in it!
(inside "The State" joke for those wondering what the hell we are talking about.)
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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:22 PM
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5. Oh man
Dude, I am so sorry. Never experienced that myself but one of my climbing buds was hot dogging a rappel once and blew it ... we treated him with a donut cushion, naproxin (any good anti-inflammatory will do). But there was nothing we could do for that bruised ego ...
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:22 PM
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6. Yow.
Ibuprofen and a tender step for a while. Happened to me a few years back.
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k in IA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:22 PM
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7. I don't know but I have a bruised tail bone story so you won't feel all
alone.

We were at mass and my Mom was leaving the pew but didn't get all the way out. When she genuflected she hit the low side-arm at the end of the pew right on her tail bone. She just about fainted but she couldn't scream because we were in church. It hurt for a long time afterward, I remember.

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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:28 PM
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11. It doesn't seem like a injury that heals quickly
It happened on Saturday morning and not much has changed. I guess I should count my blessings because I've never broken a limb in my 36 years of being here, yet my mother broke her anckle with a similar accident. (knock on major wood there.)
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:43 PM
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13. It doesn't heal quickly. But it does heal, though it'll be sensitive to
any further trauma.

My husband bruised his tailbone about a year ago and every time it seemed healed, then something else happened to aggravate it again.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:49 PM
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15. I hope you feel better, buddy
Ice, laying on your stomach, bong hit or aspirin will help.

On my fist day at my old job, I fell in a bad way. It had just stopped raining and I was trying to jump over a puddleturnedragingriver and on to the sidewalk. I decided to 'pole-vault' over the puddle by placing my hand on the hood of my car and then kinda jumping / cartwheeling over the puddle.

My hand slipped right off the car.

I don't remember what happened next. I landed right (as in 90 degree) on the curb, rolled over, into the puddle, and underwater!

The water was a gasoline rainbow of road grit (like inside an ice cream cake; the chrunchies), cigarette butts, and condoms.

My legs went numb as I tried to stand up. I pulled myself up on to the bumper of my car, then laid flat on the hood. The absolute horror!

So, while I understand that you are currently in severe paid, be thankful that you slipped on your Mom's recently cleaned floor, and not somewhere else. It could have been worse.

PS. I fell about a year ago, and I'm all right now. I didn't think I would ever recover at first.
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lolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:41 PM
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12. Time and Ibuprofen
Broke my tailbone--or, more precisely, my son broke my tailbone--during delivery.

I presume a bruise would heal faster than a break, but either way there's not much to do but be careful and take pain meds.

Don't make any sudden moves, especially sitting down or getting up, or you might re-injure it. Stay away from bouncy seats (ow, ow, ow) such as in movie theatres. Pull or push yourself up from seats with your arms as necessary.

And just wait it out.
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:46 PM
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14. Perhaps soak in a warm bath with epsom salt.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:54 PM
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16. Who Kcked Your Ass? Oh, It's Done, Well
I don't know. Hey, Scary Movie 2 was (sort of) funny.
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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:56 PM
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17. There isn't one. You just hurt until it stops.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:56 PM
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18. Ice - and one of those donut pillows
You can buy them at drugstores. They will take the pressure off the bruise. Ouch - that really hurts. Take care! :hug:
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put out Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 09:58 PM
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19. Oh, ow ow ow.
Pain reliever. Any position you may find comfortable. Sympathy. I found sitting bolt upright on a hard surface was the only way I could sit at all.

Isn't it odd, though, how many muscles are attached there? Even urinating or coughing lets you know at once.

I'm sorry. I don't have to tell you how very much it hurts. I'm also sorry to say that for me, it hurt for quite some time.
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 10:02 PM
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20. chiropractor and massage for several visits...
tailbone has to do with your whole structure and if it is out of wack your whole attittude will be out of wack...
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nini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 10:17 PM
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21. That hurts like a S.O.B.
you have my deepest sympathies... I yelled out in pain when I cracked mine - the only time I ever reacted to pain like that and I survived a head-on collision with 2 broken legs!!!

My advice.. get one of those donut cushions for sitting. Use it everywhere even if the chair you're sitting on is soft.

Heating pads or hot baths or jacuzzi etc.. to keep the muscles around it from tensing up even worse. The heat helped me..not ice.

take tylenol or similar when needed.

sit down and stand up slowly and don't start walking until you're all straightened out and ready to go.


It's going to take a couple months to really get better, but you should feel some relief after a couple weeks.

Good Luck and I wish you a quick recovery.


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msanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 10:46 PM
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22. There is an oval, foam pillow sold in most pharmacies---
get the one that is oval in shape (usually blue) and not the round one used for post-pregnancy. That pillow helped me tremendously.

Also, don't be afraid to medicate yourself with enough pain meds--no need to be a hero.


Hope you feel better....
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Kahuna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 10:47 PM
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23. Good old fashioned rubbing alcohol. And lots of it.
nt
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-09-04 10:52 PM
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24. I know it's been said already...
but nothing beats ice, rest, aspirin and laying on your belly. When I was in the 6th grade, I was at a rollerskating party when a dumb boy pushed me and I landed right on my tail bone. It was the worst pain I had ever experienced, I had trouble walking and I was out of school for like 3 days. Time heals all wounds.
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