Coc’d Up

Oh my hell.

I love snowboarding, I really do – what I don’t love are the typical injuries that come along with it.

I know most snow sports are inherently dangerous, and to date I’ve still hurt myself far worse skiing than I ever have snowboarding.

But Sunday I took a tumble, and my poor coccyx (tailbone) took the brunt of the impact. It’s bruised and kinda swollen. And this is one of those times that being bootylicious is a liability, rather than an asset: every time the rest of my butt moves, the swollen tissue is forced to adapt, and vehemently expresses its displeasure at that fact.

Do you know how often your butt moves during the course of a day? I bet you never thought of it before, but think about what happens to all that fat and muscle between your lower back and upper thighs when you sit, stand, walk or shimmy. Did you know that the connective tissues around your coccyx move substantially when you contract your sphincter? Yah, neither did I, until Sunday afternoon.

So now, in spite of taking enough ibuprofin to choke a horse and being on a near constant Robax high, I present to you a (far from complete) list of things that still hurt like a sonofabitch:

-Sitting on anything (chair, car seat, bench, couch, toilet – go ahead and contemplate that last one for a second)
-Getting from sitting to standing and back again
-Lying on either side or my back
-Getting up from lying on my stomach (so far I can’t levitate my way to standing)
-Rolling over in bed
-Bending over to put on socks and shoes

And do you have any idea how many people bump into you while standing on the bus? I’ve already established that sitting on bus seats right now is somewhere approaching the 7th circle of hell – but standing isn’t much better. I get nailed from all angles, then have to make sudden movements to steady myself, or risk falling (again) on my ass. None of which are terribly comfortable.

And while the idea of heading up the mountain tonight is a complete write-off, I really hope that I’ve healed enough by next weekend, so I can go out and do it all over again.

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6 thoughts on “Coc’d Up

  1. Gwen

    LOL. This happened to me once when I sprained my ankle on hardcourts in tennis, bounced up off it, and to take weight off either feet, fell and landed on my tailbone. The coccyx is degenerate (?) and not particularly necessary, the doctor told me, so even if it was broken, it’s not like they are going to put a cast around it. And so I had all the problems you listed. I found that even Laughing could make it hurt. =S It was intensely aggravating that all of a sudden you would have this sharp pain but no one would guess it because you don’t have a visible sign of injury.
    Doctor’s advice – which I didn’t heed – get yourself a donut ring to sit in a chair with. Hah.

  2. gillian

    Hey Jen,

    I really hurt my tailbone back in 2000 (I think I mentioned it in my 5 Things meme last weekend), so I know what you’re dealing with. I still had another week of vacation, and I ended up spending most of it standing and walking around since everything else was more painful.

    I hope you heal better than I did. I spent the next half a year having difficulty sitting for long periods (school) and lying on my back (in bed). I did end up with really good sitting posture, though, since slouching put pressure on my tailbone.

    It still can bother me now, if I have a bad cold or flu and spend a few days in bed.

    Oh, I guess you didn’t want to read all this. Sorry. I’m sure you’ll be better off.

  3. peechie Post author

    Actually, I’ve been through all this before. I was foolish enough to do the same thing in…. 1997-ish while snowboarding.

    I also remember months of discomfort, and difficulty with long car rides for years afterward.

    I’m just trying not to think about that part.

  4. Kyndra

    A yup. I feel ya. I’ve had tailbone issues since loosing weight, I have a 90 degree flip under, with a protruding joint.. Makes for doing everything a pain in the ass, literally! This is where the special seat cushions come in handy!

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