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Is This True? (extra coccyx bone, tail?)

I'm a psych nurse, so not up on the baby stuff. However, a few months ago I lost a bunch of weight and found that it hurt to sit down, like my coccyx was jutting out (bear with me---i'm getting somewhere with this)...

Went to the doc, who told me that I perhaps have extra coccyx bones and that..(here's the good part)...some babies are born with a tiny tail like appendage because of such extra coccygeal bones.

Was he pulling my leg??? Was I born with a tail????

AAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jnette, ASN, EMT-I

Specializes in Hemodialysis, Home Health.

hmmmmmmmmmm... looking at your screen name now...:uhoh21: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

I do believe I have heard of this, though. But I'm no expert on the baby stuff, either, so don't take my word for it! :)

meownsmile, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho.

I dont know exact terms for that, but i do know just as people are born without properly formed vertebral bones (spina bifida occulta), there probly is the instance when there are to many also.

Spina Bifida Occulta does occur - not sure if this is what he means exactly.

My parents told me that they found me under a rock when I was a baby and that they had to cut off my tail so they could keep me. :rolleyes:

I may have to go look in the mirror now . . . . :chuckle

steph

Couple of thoughts. My wife hurt her coccyx in a fall accident where she didn't hit on her tailbone but apparently displaced the joints nonetheless. Have you given any thought to an xray study just to see what's up, or down? Of course there are risks from the ionizing exposure, but if it's getting worse you might want to consider it. Also, there are a number of Google articles on "vestigial tails" and various manifestations of spina bifida (some are pretty obscure and subtle) and other unusual spinal conditions. My wife gained a lot of weight and is losing some now, and she has discovered that if she does crunches and strengthens her back and abdominal muscles, the coccyx problem is considerably reduced. Take care of your back -- it's the only one you get.

I have lost 130lbs and my tailbone KILLS me now. I think those of us who are used to extra *padding* back there aren't used to how a tailbone feels, yannow?

Don't laugh. I have seen babies born with tails and they do look a little funny. They are not very long. They remove them later.

angelladyclaire

Specializes in med surg, SICU.

I have a friend who had to have some extra tailbone removed at age 5... not sure if she had extra joints or if it was just too big or what...

EMTandNurse2B

Specializes in Emergency/Trauma.

I have an extra lumbar vertebrae, I'm sure it could also happen in the coccyx region. Good old genetics...

ktwlpn, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Homecare, Hospice.

I'm a psych nurse, so not up on the baby stuff. However, a few months ago I lost a bunch of weight and found that it hurt to sit down, like my coccyx was jutting out (bear with me---i'm getting somewhere with this)...

Went to the doc, who told me that I perhaps have extra coccyx bones and that..(here's the good part)...some babies are born with a tiny tail like appendage because of such extra coccygeal bones.

Was he pulling my leg??? Was I born with a tail????

AAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

in some countries you'd be killed for being evil -or possibly revered for being holy-you just never know.....

I don't know about extra bones or tail (!!!) but I would suggest you go see an osteopath for your coccyx pain. I don't know if you have osteopaths were you live (not chiropractor, but osteopaths! there's a huge difference!) They do miracles with those kind of problems... I know, been there! Good luck!

:)

RN and Mommy

Specializes in Ortho/Neuro.

did you guys ever see that movie shallow hal where his friend at the end has the tail? that just reminded me of that and it made me giggle! :rotfl: i am sorry if this offends anyone. that is not my intention!:p

in some countries you'd be killed for being evil -or possibly revered for being holy-you just never know.....

Hilarious. Exactly my kind of humor. :rotfl:

My SIL and I both have problems with our tailbones and we're both thin and always have been. Her MD said that she likely fractured it at some point in her life without remembering the incident. An RN told me once that women tend to accummulate progesterone in that location, and it can cause tenderness. Sounds a little goofy to me, but it didn't require any follow up care, so I ran with it!

Amanda

You baby nurses ROCK...thanks for the info. Those were some amazing photos. This first little guy has kind of a cute tail. He looks like he is ready to wag it.

Thanks again!

Oh my gosh, MY PARENTS WEREN'T LYING! I DID HAVE A TAIL!

Seriously, I'm gonna have to ask them now. I always thought it was a silly story that they found me under a rock and cut off my tail so they could keep me. Maybe I'll go see if I can find a scar . ...:chuckle

steph

"tails" aren't always removed...my husband and i have a friend in his thirties who has a tail approximately the size and shape of a goat's tail. he can even wag it the tiniest bit. (don't ask how we know, it was a fun party though!) interestingly enough, this guy has never lacked for female companions and says he does warn prospective bedfellows about it beforehand but it seems to not have bothered any of them. he also reports that it does not get in the way of defecating and he can wipe "just fine", although he does sit in a more curved/slouched position on hard surfaces to prevent problems or pain to the area.

My husband has a protruding coccyx. He calls it his tail. It is not very prominant but it's there. Can't wiggle it or anything....LOL I don't think I could handle that. LOL

Christy

My Mum has an extra bone in her coccyx - shown by x-ray. You can't tell just by looking at her ie:she doesn't have a tail!!

i'm a psych nurse, so not up on the baby stuff. however, a few months ago i lost a bunch of weight and found that it hurt to sit down, like my coccyx was jutting out (bear with me---i'm getting somewhere with this)...

went to the doc, who told me that i perhaps have extra coccyx bones and that..(here's the good part)...some babies are born with a tiny tail like appendage because of such extra coccygeal bones.

was he pulling my leg??? was i born with a tail????

aaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it's really true - my hubby had a small one removed as an infant. the only problem he has ever had was that in his 30s a cyst develoved in the location and he had to have it drained.

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