urgent care

My Tailbone is Hurting Me, OUCH?


Really bad pain in your tailbone area? Huge lump/bump? Painful to sit? Oh… I’ve been there, done that and it sure does sucks doesn’t it.

First thing is first, I am not a doctor, and if you are in severe pain you should go to the ER!

This Is What Happened To Me:

So, after a few days of feeling this horrible pain in my tailbone area, and I mean horrible, I couldn’t sit down, I couldn’t even lay down on my side without feeling the pressure in my tailbone, I decided to go to Urgent Care. My husband drove me (because the pain was just unbearable) and I lay sideways with the seat all the way reclined like an idiot. Tears were streaming down my face and I kept saying HURRY PLEASE! 

What The Doctor Said:

Oh, well darling, it looks like you have a pilonidal cyst!

What the hell is that?

It’s a cyst thats occurs at the tailbone and can become infected and filled with pus. Once it gets infected it is called an abscess. More common in men than in woman, I was still lucky enough to be blessed with one of those suckers.

What Causes These Things?

Pilondal cyst are the cause of either of 2 things. The first one is hair. A lot of doctors think that ingrown hairs cause these. The second one is trauma to that region. So, possibly a long and bumpy car ride? Or falling on your butt really hard? Mine was the cause of trauma from driving three hours to and from work everyday. And after it got infected I got a fever!

What May Be Some Symptoms?

Pain on your tailbone (bottom of the spine area)
Swelling in that area
Redness in that area
Draining pus

I had pain, swelling, redness, and a really bad fever. The pain alone was enough to convince me to go to Urgent Care!

What The Doc Does After They Diagnose It?

After figuring out what was wrong with me, the embarrassment was… Just overwhelming. But the pain was bad enough that I didn’t care. The doctor gave me 2 options.

1.) Cut me open right then and there and drain the pus.

2.) Take antibiotics and pain killers, wait to see if that works.

So OBVIOUSLY, being in so much pain, all I could think was, relieve the pressure in my back PLEASE! So, after signing a few documents, I laid down on my tummy, with my buttocks in the air exposed for the world to see. The lady doing my procedure put on a blast mast. A BLAST MAST. WHAT? Furthering into my embarrassment. And then she started explaining what she was going to do.


First, were the Novocain shots. Holy crap, those burn like hell. So prepare yourself for that. And then, it was the incision. The incision wasn’t “horrible”. But it was enough to make me feel discomfort and get teary eyed. And then it was her fingers scooping out whatever was back there, and then it was her putting a CRAZY amount of pressure to push out any pus.

Surprisingly, she didn’t find much of anything, except that I was infected.

I’ve seen so much worse is what she said to me.

So after about 20-30 minutes of torturous pain, she was done and she left the incision open and filled it with gauze (packaged it). I had to return every other day to repackage it till it healed (which was hella painful, so if you go this route take painkillers before you go).

The Embarrassment

I was so embarrassed that the lady doing the procedure laughed when I stared at her blast mask. She explained that she knew it felt embarrassing and that she’d been through it herself. Then, she told me that she actually sees at minimum, 5 of these cases on a daily basis. They are extremely common.

So in all honesty, there is nothing to really be embarrassed about. It happens so often, and so many doctors see this so much that they are unfazed by the procedure, or you screaming in pain.

After The Fact

So when all was said and done, because I had an infection, the doctor ended up prescribing antibiotics, ibuprofen, and painkillers. The incision healed after about a week or 2, and I was so… just relieved because the pain was gone. And since then I haven’t had ANY repeats. Honestly everyone is different, but a lot of the time, it doesn’t come back.

Here Are Some Home Remedies That Have Worked For Me If You Get A Flare Up And Don’t Want To See A Doc

1.) Tea Tree Oil. Rub tea tree oil into that whole area of the flare up. It just works. Don’t ask me why, but it does. Makes them go away too.

2.) Hot baths,  about 15 minutes, a few times day. Add epsom salt, it helps a little.

3.) Heating Pad

4.) Ibuprofen

5.) Stretching, yoga

6.) Staying off your butt especially when you sleep.

Best of luck to you, and if the pain is horrible, I really do recommend you see a doctor for the pain. The relief that you feel afterwards is too great and well worth it!

If you have any questions about my experience, don’t feel afraid to ask me!