Unless you've broken it, you really have no idea.
There is no way to sit/stand/lean/sleep/shit in a way that doesn't cause excruciating pain.
Worst injury ever
Totally agreed. I broke my tailbone 2 winters ago. I was so afraid to board last season because I didn't want to feel the pain again. I carried my donut with me everywhere... I didn't care if people laughed... they thought it was cool after they learned why I needed it anyways. Going with azzpad this season so hopefully it'll never happen again.
Here's my story on how I broke it:
It was a blizzarding night, my last run at around 10:00PM EST. It was about -30 celcius with the windchill; but because it was snowing, it didn't feel so cold. There were maybe 10 people left at the resort, including this kid who decided to tag along with me (thank god)... all first aiders went home. Since it was fresh powder (about 25cm already fell), I felt confident to go down an expert hill even though I'm a relativly new boarder at this point. The snow was so soft... it was decieving though, ice was underneath.
Anyways, I'm going down the hill with my new friend behind me. We get to an area of the run that is through thick forest on both sides. I was thinking in my head "god it would be wierd if somebody popped out from there"... and lo and behold... this tiny child skiier came out of the forest right in front of me and she tried stopping, her poles outstreached to her side. This is not a very wide run, might fit 3 people comfortably going down together side by side.
At this point there's only two options left for me.... squish the kid, or try and jump over her. I yelled "Incoming watch out!", tried jumping and missed her (yay!) but I don't remember anything after that...
My new buddy was bent over me, I was laying flat on the ground. He said that was the hardest fall he seen anyone take. Apparently, I had caught an edge on landing, fell right on my tailbone. I did not hit my head but I got severe whiplash and concussion somehow and flash KO'd for about 2 mins. I had a massive headache, felt like I was going to barf and saw stars.
I walked the rest of my way to the car. I find out my cell phone is dead... great. It's blizzarding out and I have atleast a 20 min drive home on a bumpy blizzarding road with near zero visibility. As I was walking to my car, people were just staring at me... lol. So I get in my car. OMG it hurt to sit so much, I started crying lightly. I turn the ignition key, just saying to myself you have to get home (now that I think of it, I could have asked someone to use their cell phone).
I got home in 35 mins, crying almost the whole way. I walk through my front door. My bf automatically "WTF happened to you". I said I just fell on my butt, I'll be ok. Now I'm the type who wont go to the hospital or doctor for anything unless I think I'm dying. After 3 days of not being able to sleep because of the excruciating pain, I finally went to a walk in clinic. It was wierd, minimal swelling but the coccyx was def broken, snapped. He gave me some soft perks, enough for 2 weeks... so I could finally sleep. I could only sit on a donut that I had purchased, felt great to sit on! I had exams the next week as I was in college at the time, so it was really great to finally get some rest.
I did not get concussion symptoms until next semester, severe short term memory loss, massive migranes (i never had a migrane before), vertigo so bad I would fall if I wasn't holding onto anything. Apparently its called Post concussion syndrome... I had no idea about it, but the doctor told me they found out all these new things about concussions after sydny crosby had his hockey accident.
Anyways, that's my tailbone story!
EDIT: it's funny to me when I look back at it now