Cervical cancer is often slow growing. During early stages you may not have any symptoms. Pain in your pelvis is sometimes the first sign patients have before being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix. The cervix connects your uterus to your vagina. Most cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV.
Symptoms include irregular vaginal bleeding, abnormal discharge or pain. The pain associated with cervical cancer can be caused by infections. Tailbone pain can be from cancer growths in the bones or in the organs surrounding the tailbone.
See your doctor if your tailbone pain lasts more than a few days. Tailbone pain due to cervical cancer usually does not go away. Cancer-related pain may not get better with over-the-counter pain medications.
Cervical cancer is treated with a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Once the infected organs are removed your pain should get better. Pain medication can be prescribed to help ease the discomfort. If your pain is caused by growths on your tailbone surgery may not be an option.
The best away to prevent tailbone pain due to cervical cancer is to catch the cancer early, which makes treatments more effective. Treat all pelvic infections as soon as possible and get yearly cervical cancer screenings and Pap smears. Talk to your doctor about the cervical cancer vaccine.
Mary Anne Ott is a cancer patient navigator in Ohio. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Wright State University. Ott worked in the banking industry for six years as a personal banker and assistant branch manager before pursuing a career in health care.