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Wiped out, landed on my tailbone.

Old 12-27-15, 06:55 PM
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Wiped out, landed on my tailbone.

Ouch.
On Christmas day, my wife and I went for a ride around Raleigh on the greenways. We hit a place where there was mud over a wet wooden bridge, and before I knew it I was being slammed into the wooden decking right onto my tailbone. Finished the ride (another 25 miles) but it was slow and uncomfortable.

I'm black and blue and can't hardly sit down today. Anybody done this before? I've wiped out many many times, but never right on my tailbone. Ooofa.
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Old 12-27-15, 07:05 PM
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Can take years to heal. Buy a donut cushion.
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Old 12-27-15, 07:13 PM
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My stoker and I dumped our tandem on a wet steel-decked bridge a year-and-a-half ago but no tailbone injuries, just bumps/bruises on both our left hips and my elbow and her hand.
Sounds uncomfortable. Get it checked out if you feel the need.
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Old 12-27-15, 07:14 PM
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I washed out in some soft ground in a down hill section back in the 90's. I went from 30mpg to siting in an instant. It still hurts.

Not only was it the end of my racing; it was nearly the end of my riding. I ended up gaining a lot of weight. Don't hesitate, if you cant ride a conventional bike, get a recumbent. That helped a lot.

I am back to commuting on a conventional bike; but much over ten miles and I am in "just walk the bike" pain.

I just ordered a Selle Anatomica saddle; however, I ordered it this weekend; so I cant give a review yet. I want to be able to ride distances on a conventional bike again because my daughter wants me to tour in Italy with her, that involves flying and it is hard to fly with a recumbent.

Oh, and take it seriously, see a doctor.
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Old 12-28-15, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by FlatFender View Post
Anybody done this before?
On my bike? No. I do know the pain very well though. Came down directly on my tailbone from a skateboard back when I was in Jr. High school, 7th grade I think it was. I remember I had to stand during all my classes for a very long time because I couldn't sit down at all.

That was a long long time ago. 1985 I think would have been 7th grade.
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Old 12-28-15, 12:15 AM
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I sat on mine '89 and broke it. Had what felt like lower back issues and saw a doc a couple of years later. He X-rayed and saw that it was broken. Said he could do the surgery to fuse it or I could do PT and learn to live with it. That the surgery was straight forward but there was always the risk of complications. Did PT. It's still broken and I still have to live with it, but I know how and it isn't the end of the world.

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Old 12-28-15, 01:55 AM
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OUCH! Sorry to hear that, OP. Definitely get yourself a coccyx cushion.


It differs from a donut cushion because the hole is placed directly in-line with the tailbone rather than, well, you know. There's a remarkable lot of sensitive tissue around the tailbone (as I'm sure you're now aware) and much like how a padded bicycle saddle puts pressure on sensitive bits between the legs, a normal padded chair puts needless pressure around the tailbone and can easily exacerbate tailbone injuries.
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Old 12-28-15, 10:45 AM
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Black Ice , in parking lot, at Rest area , stepped out of the Van , was glad I had those Gluteus Maximus Muscles to land on .
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Old 12-28-15, 11:21 AM
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I didnt end up breaking up anything but I took a hard fall late last summer, banged myself up pretty good. Two people where I work took ugly falls around the same time too, guess it was a rough year for cyclists. In any case it's made me a lot more careful taking turns.
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Old 12-28-15, 07:23 PM
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I hit mine 35 years ago, not cycling though. It sill acts up from time to time.
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As you are beginning to learn injuries to tailbones almost always take a long time to heal and often never heals 100 percent. Good luck. (Hopefully the black and blue is more soft tissue around the tailbone that the tailbone itself?)
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Old 12-29-15, 07:43 AM
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Not from cycling, but did slip on Cobblestone in the 90's while in Bermuda. Right on the tail bone. Ended up in the hospital 7 days later with viral spinal meningitis. Doctors feel is was caused by the shock to the spinal column. Meningitis cured after a week of so; tail bone still flares up on occasion......
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Old 12-29-15, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by FlatFender View Post
Ouch.
On Christmas day, my wife and I went for a ride around Raleigh on the greenways. We hit a place where there was mud over a wet wooden bridge, and before I knew it I was being slammed into the wooden decking right onto my tailbone. Finished the ride (another 25 miles) but it was slow and uncomfortable.

I'm black and blue and can't hardly sit down today. Anybody done this before? I've wiped out many many times, but never right on my tailbone. Ooofa.
My youngest daughter wiped out on part of the greenway between the art center and Meredith College, pretty hilly section there and she was too fast going into a wooden bridge with leaves on it. Her older sister knew better and told her she was going too fast. She came around the corner and found Liz on the bridge crawling around feeling for her glasses....She was laughing so hard I could hardly understand what happened. Luckily no injuries other than pride. I've been reminded here on BF to be wary of damp wooden bridges, especially when leaves are involved.
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Old 12-29-15, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by FlatFender View Post
Ouch.
On Christmas day, my wife and I went for a ride around Raleigh on the greenways. We hit a place where there was mud over a wet wooden bridge, and before I knew it I was being slammed into the wooden decking right onto my tailbone. Finished the ride (another 25 miles) but it was slow and uncomfortable.

I'm black and blue and can't hardly sit down today. Anybody done this before?

I've wiped out many many times, but never right on my tailbone. Ooofa.
Ouch! Moral of the tale: If it looks wet or icy, get off and walk your bike. Don't try to be a hero when its unsafe to ride. 'Nuff said.

I don't ride in inclement, cold or unsafe conditions.
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Old 12-29-15, 12:58 PM
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My wife broke her tailbone when she was a kid slipping on icy stairs. She still has problems from it.
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Old 12-29-15, 01:23 PM
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I fell hard on some concrete stairs, just over 4 weeks ago, and landed square on my tailbone on the edge of a stair on a day when I decided to leave the bike at home due to some unfavourable weather. It was very painful and I could not sit or sleep comfortably for several weeks (even now, though it's better). I took 2 and a half weeks off the bike, and once I got back on it was slow and steady. The good news is that sitting on the bike gives me relief because I'm in a slightly aggressive position as opposed to the upright position of sitting in a chair or on a couch, which takes pressure off of the tailbone. Longer rides, however, can aggravate the pain and become uncomfortable.

At first standing from a seated position, or vice versa, and bending and/or lifting was excruciating. Now it's just annoying and my only pain is when I sit too long. (Not looking forward to my 7 and a half hr bus ride back to Montreal in a few days!)

I'm trying to take it all in stride and not become depressed about the fact that tailbone injuries take a long time to heal. I am just so relieved - like so relieved - that being on the bike offers me some relief.

FWIW, ibuprofen offered me zero pain relief but muscle relaxers (extra strength robaxecet) did. Also, a donut pillow proved pointless, get the coccyx one if necessary. Oddly, sitting on the toilet brought relief as well. TMI?

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Old 12-29-15, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
Ouch! Moral of the tale: If it looks wet or icy, get off and walk your bike. Don't try to be a hero when its unsafe to ride. 'Nuff said.

I don't ride in inclement, cold or unsafe conditions.
This looked like sand over a wooded decking, so I thought I could roll it. Turned out to be slick mud...

I definitely ride in the cold or the wet, just not both at the same time.
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Old 12-29-15, 09:58 PM
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Mountain biking in Moab in 2012. I didn't even hit the ground... the nose of the saddle hit my tailbone and broke it. It took well over a year until it began to feel somewhat right. Everyone else is right, the donut will be your friend.

Interestingly, the bike seat was not a problem the next summer, as the tailbone didn't directly hit the saddle. Airplane seats were the worst.
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Old 12-29-15, 10:13 PM
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I hit mine 35 years ago, not cycling though. It sill acts up from time to time.
I injured mine as a kid and it's had issues my whole life. I can't sit almost anywhere for more than an hour. Whether in a car, on my motorcycle, etc. At least not without moving around.
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Old 12-30-15, 06:24 AM
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See a chiropractor. Mine worked miracles on a similar injury.
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Crashed on my lefty MTB broke my back and broke my tailbone in 2 places. Was off the bikes for about 8 months. Sooo painful!!!! get the donut! I am over it now About 1.5 years
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