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Your Tailbone Swelling May Also be Known as:
Coccyx feels puffy
Coccyx feels swollen
Coccyx is puffy
Coccyx is swollen
Coccyx puffiness
Coccyx swelling
Puffy coccyx
Puffy tailbone
Swollen coccyx
Swollen tailbone

Top 7 Tailbone Swelling Causes

  1. 1.Chronic or Recurrent Hemorrhoids

    Hemorrhoids are a very common condition that affects more 50% of the population, typically after the age of 30. Hemorrhoids are the "varicose veins of the anus and rectum" - enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus that can bleed or clot.

    It seems that this is bothering you for quite some time. If the following home treatments do not work, you should make an appointment with your primary care physician. Self management for hemorrhoids includes: eating more fiber and drinking more water, which loosens your stools and allowing the hemorrhoid to heal. Changing your health habits can also help - lose weight and exercise more, and keep the anus clean. Topical creams and ointments can help with the pain, as would a warm water spray or sitz baths. Treatment by a physician might include a small surgical procedure.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rectal bleeding, rectal pain, pain when passing stools, anal itching, painless rectal bleeding
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic or recurrent hemorrhoids:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.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.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who would perform a physical exam, looking for other possible causes of your symptoms. Treatment involves NSAIDs (Ibuprofen), massage, and physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pelvis pain, butt pain, pain when passing stools, leg numbness, back pain that shoots down the leg
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Spinal Stenosis

    The spine, or backbone, protects the spinal cord and allows people to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on nerves and the spinal cord and can cause pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician. He/She will suggest treatments which include medications, physical therapy, braces, and surgery.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, difficulty walking, back pain that gets worse when straightening it
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.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.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. This condition has no directed treatment, so you are advised to take over-the-counter pain medication and take pressure off the tailbone by sitting on a soft cushion whenever possible.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, lower back pain, painful sex, back pain that shoots to the butt, back pain that gets worse when sitting
    Symptoms that always occur with coccydynia:
    constant butt pain
    Symptoms that never occur with coccydynia:
    warm and red tailbone swelling
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Tailbone Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the tailbone are common, given the location on the body.

    You can treat this at home with R.I.C.E - rest (exercise as tolerated), ice (10-20 minutes at a time), compression (this is pretty optional), and elevation (difficult for this part of the body).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant butt pain, tailbone pain, tailbone injury, tailbone pain from an injury, butt bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with tailbone bruise:
    tailbone pain from an injury, tailbone injury, constant butt pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Hemorrhoids

    Hemorrhoids are a very common condition that affects more 50% of the population, typically after the age of 30. Hemorrhoids are the "varicose veins of the anus and rectum" - enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus that can bleed or clot.

    You can treat this at home by eating more fiber and drinking more water, which loosens your stools and allowing the hemorrhoid to heal. Changing your health habits can also help - lose weight and exercise more and keep the anus clean. Topical creams and ointments can help with the pain, as would a warm water spray or sitz baths. If these treatments do not work after some time, simple surgical operations can be done in the primary care office. Or, for very severe cases of hemorrhoids, surgery may be needed to remove the hemorrhoid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constipation, rectal pain, rectal bleeding, pain when passing stools, anal itching
    Symptoms that never occur with hemorrhoids:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues underneath it. It is most commonly caused by Group A strep and typically enters the body through a break in the skin.

    You should go to your primary care doctor tomorrow. There, he or she will inspect your skin And determine if antibiotics are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, butt redness, butt pain, painful butt swelling, recent buttocks injury
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    butt redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Tailbone Swelling

  • Q.How severe is the pain around your buttocks?
  • Q.How long has the pain around your buttocks been going on?
  • Q.How long has the area around your buttocks been swollen?
  • Q.How swollen is the area around your buttocks?

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Tailbone Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced tailbone swelling have also experienced:

    • 83% Tailbone Pain
    • 8% Spontaneous Tailbone Pain
    • 8% Rib Pain in the Mid Back
  • People who have experienced tailbone swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 30% Over a Month
    • 21% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced tailbone swelling were most often matched with:

    • 13% Chronic or Recurrent Hemorrhoids
    • 13% Piriformis Syndrome
    • 13% Spinal Stenosis

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