Read below about spontaneous tailbone pain, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your spontaneous tailbone pain from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

This symptom can also be referred to as:
Coccyx hurts for no reason
Tailbone hurts for no reason

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Spontaneous Tailbone Pain

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced spontaneous tailbone pain. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Piriformis Syndrome

    Piriformis syndrome is a condition when a muscle spanning the lower spine to the top of the thighbone presses upon the sciatic nerve, causing pain and numbness.

    1-2 months

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pelvis pain, butt pain, pain when passing stools, leg numbness, hip pain
    Symptoms that never occur with piriformis syndrome:
    involuntary defecation, leaking urine
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Coccydynia

    The tailbone, called the coccyx, is the most bottom portion of the spine. Coccydynia is pain around the area of the tailbone, which is triggered by pressure on the tailbone such as during sitting on a hard chair. Symptoms get better with standing or walking. Doctors are not completely sure what causes this pain.

    May take weeks to months for significant pain relief to set in.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, lower back pain, painful sex, back pain that shoots to the butt, constant butt pain
    Symptoms that always occur with coccydynia:
    constant butt pain
    Symptoms that never occur with coccydynia:
    warm and red tailbone swelling
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Spontaneous Tailbone Pain

  • Q.Do your symptoms worsen when sitting?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?
  • Q.Are you sexually active?
  • Q.While lying down on a firm surface, keep both legs straight. Have a friend slowly raise one leg at a time by lifting your ankle into the air. Do you have pain in that leg before fully raising it to a perpendicular position? (This is called the straight leg test.)

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Spontaneous Tailbone Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced spontaneous tailbone pain have also experienced:

    • 8% Lower Back Pain
    • 6% Diarrhea
    • 4% Tailbone Pain
  • People who have experienced spontaneous tailbone pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced spontaneous tailbone pain were most often matched with:

    • 75% Piriformis Syndrome
    • 25% Coccydynia
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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