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    I am wondering if anyone has tried some type of inflatable donut or cushion to help affiliate back/ tail bone pain while sitting? I have a T11_T12 compression fracture and pelvis fracture from a fall off a roof, It has been a little over 5 weeks since my injury and the pain from sitting occurs earlier everyday I have to get up and move around or my quad muscles "catch fire" and my tail bone region aches something fierce! I have been using a simple pillow from our bed but think some other aid might be more helpful? Any ideas would be helpful

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    Donuts are very dangerous for your skin. They can cause major skin breakdown (pressure ulcers), and are not appropriate for use when you will be sitting long periods. You may need some type of custom seating that addresses both pressure reduction (ideally with the ability to measure computerized seating pressures during evaluation) and comfort. Do you use a wheelchair or are you walking?

    In addition, this type of neuropathic pain, common in those with sacral cord or cauda equina injuries, can often be helped by the use of TENS, as well as drugs such as Neurontin and Lyrica.

    A physiatrist would be able to help you with management of these issues.

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    I use a "I won't spell it right" Coxcyc cushion. It's got like a V cut out in the back BUT I think mine IS a wheel chair cushion. It has like a thing for velcro on the bottom I guess to hole it in place, so it IS a very like hard cushion. The soft ones don't help but this one does. I don't know the name of it or the company that makes it and have NOT been able to find another like it. Wish I could help more cause I know what kind of pain your talking about. Mine feels like someone has took a hammer and just hit me on the bottom of my tailbone.

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    duge: You nailed what i am talking about!!! For many weeks i was flat on my back because of broken pelvis, now that i am "upright" my back and tail bone have chimed in at first i was so numb i really didn't notice but since the swelling has gone down some kerr pow!! very painful, I am going to see Dr today and bring it up since they have only talked about the T11-T12 issue i think we may have missed something, i realized i had also broke my foot about a week ago (4 weeks after accident) no one considered x-rays at the time since i didn't complain about foot pain...

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    Well they never mentioned anything about my tailbone but then again they didn't find my burst fracture for 50 days after I told them it was broke when I was laying in the hi-way, so if something did happen to me there it does NOT surprise me if it was missed also! Make sure you ask the Dr about the cushion I told you about. I bought several before I found these I got now, Like I said you want one that is a VERY hard cushion otherwise it just mashes and you get no benefit from it at all. It was a cushion to use in a wheel chair.

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    duge: I had a similar experience after i fell and even though i heard "something snap" i convinced myself "i am ok" my bro in-law helped me to my feet i sat in the backhoe bucket to gather myself but when i tried to walk my left hip was mushy i walked to the house 100yrds away found a chair and stoved up my wife drove me to the ER after some x-rays they said i had broken pelvis in two places hours later when i still couldn't move my legs they did a CT scan said things appear ok 3-days later still no leg movement they did an MRI we live in a rural area the Mobile MRI comes once a week after that they found the T11 & T12 fractures and even though my left foot ached it was 2 weeks before it was discovered that i had also injured it i admit the rest of me hurt so much i never complained about my foot.... They did another MRI yesterday so hopefully soon we will find out if my tailbone area is ok...Dr wrote me script for cushion so maybe insurance will cover some of the cost?

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    I now have a coccyx cushion and it made a world of difference!! I even have a little less burning sensation in my left quad, before by mid afternoon my legs were ablaze!!

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    There are lot of types of coccyx cushions. It doesn't need to be a hard cushion, I'm thinking when duge tried a soft one it wasn't thick enough and he ended up with pressure on his coccyx anyway. If you look up coccydynia you can find suggestions for the pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fromnwmont View Post
    I now have a coccyx cushion and it made a world of difference!! I even have a little less burning sensation in my left quad, before by mid afternoon my legs were ablaze!!
    Glad it helped!!!!! It's the only kind that helped me.

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    Seating evaluation and pressure mapping recommended for all by a seating specialist. If not the right pressure distribution cushions can cause more problems so everything needs to be evaluated.
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