What Can Cause Tailbone Pain?

Infections

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Pain in the tailbone can be related to infections in the area. The infection may cause pain and swelling around the coccyx. Patients may also note their skin is red and unusually warm to the touch. The infection might be accompanied by drainage of pus, a thick and white fluid. In rare cases, the actual bones of the coccyx can become infected. This condition, called osteomyelitis, might lead to the development of coccydynia. Ulcers in the tailbone area can also lead to infection-related symptoms and pain. Some individuals with histories of sacrococcygeal decubitus ulcers will experience infection symptoms like warmth and redness in the tailbone, along with fever.

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