Tailbone pain is typically localized. You will feel pain and tenderness in the area of the tailbone, but it will not radiate into your pelvis or legs. The pain is typically an aching soreness that can range from mild to severe. Pain may come and go or be constant. You may feel a general tightness in the area.
The pain of coccydynia is often worse when weight is placed on the tailbone, such as when someone sits or leans back in a sitting position. Sitting on uncushioned surfaces may make the pain worse. Some individuals feel increased pain during bowel movements or during sexual intercourse. The pain may also get worse when moving from a sitting to standing position.
In many people, the pain goes away without any medical intervention. However, if you have been suffering for a few weeks or if your pain is severe, it is time to seek medical help.