Why Kim Kardashian Thinks She Has Coccydynia

After Kim Kardashian experienced aching in her lower back, she researched tailbone pain and believes she has coccydynia, as seen in The Kardashians' Nov. 16 episode.

By Lindsay Weinberg Nov 18, 2023 4:00 PMTags
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Kim Kardashian's latest medical issue is a real pain in the butt.

The Kardashians star shared in the Nov. 16 episode that she was concerned she has coccydynia, known as tailbone pain, telling mom Kris Jenner that she was experiencing an aching sensation while sitting. 

"My back hurts," she said. "But I don't know if I'm just being ridiculous."

Kris, 68, initially thought Kim, 43, could have abnormal curves in her spine. 

"You know scoliosis runs in our family," the matriarch noted, though Kim shot down the idea.

Instead, the SKIMS mogul—who broke her shoulder earlier this year—said that she thinks she has coccydynia. "'Pain in or around the bony structure on the bottom of the spine,'" she read from her phone. "I can't imagine."

As Kris quipped, "That would be the only thing in the entire universe that could possible slow you down."

Indeed, coccydynia is quite painful, with the Cleveland Clinic noting, "Tailbone pain can make life uncomfortable at best and unbearable at worst. Your coccyx, a small triangular bone at the bottom of your spinal column, can get bruised or even fractured."

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The common ailment is typically treated with at-home medications and ice packs, though some rare cases require numbing injections or surgery.

For Kim, the health issue arose in the weeks leading up to the 2023 Met Gala, with the episode documenting her trying on her Schiaparelli pearl ensemble before the annual fashion ball. At the time, her work schedule required her to fly back and forth from New York—where she was filming American Horror Story: Delicate—to Los Angeles—where she runs her lifestyle brands and lives with her kids North, 10, Saint, 7, Chicago, 5, and Psalm, 4.

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While Kim admitted the filming schedule for AHS put her "over the edge," she denied Kris' suggestion that she was using work as a coping strategy. 

"I'm not distracting myself from anything," Kim clarified of her busy schedule. "If I have all these things that I've committed to—there's nothing I can cut out."

And of course, her work is never complete without some fierce fashion moments. To relive the reality star's boldest looks, scroll on. 

A Sleek Spy

Kim went full Matrix mode in Italy. 

Innovator Influence

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum wore a leather dress from SKIMS' collaboration with Fendi while receiving the award for Brand Innovator of 2021 during WSJ. Magazine's Innovator Awards ceremony. Also: hello, snake skin booties!

Bejewelled Beauty

The SKIMS founder celebrated her new collection with Swarovski by wearing a diamond-adorned look.

Pretty in Pink

Kim strutted her stuff in this jaw-dropping hot pink Balenciaga catsuit that she donned on the way to her post-Saturday Night Live hosting afterparty.

Head-to-Toe Balenciaga

Kim walked the infamous 2021's Met Gala red carpet covered entirely in a custom Balenciaga outfit and signature ponytail. 

Don't Be a Grinch

Social media had a lot to say about Kim's Christmas outfit—couture Schiaparelli outfitted with a leather bodice featuring six-pack abs and a matching green silk velvet skirt—but she remained unphased.


Chic Celebrations

Kim rang in the big 4-0 in a gold vintage Vivienne Westwood gown.

All Balmain

Modeling vintage Balmain—a crop top with shoulder pads and a pair of thigh-high biker shorts—Kim dubbed herself a "Balmain Barbie" in Sept. 2020.


Cream Dream

Kim attended the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscars party in a dramatic ruffled cream gown.

PCAs Perfection

The E! star looks gorgeous in mint at the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards.

Black Velvet

Kim showed up to the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys in a simple black one-shoulder velvet dress.


Kim won the 2019 Met Gala red carpet in this dripping wet latex look by Thierry Mugler.

Optical Illusion

For the 2018 E! PCAs, Kim went with a psychedelic, skin-tight sheer number that made us do a double take.

Good News

Stop the presses! The headline-making star wears a newspaper printed skirt with a matching Dior bag at a Levi's denim event in NYC.

All Strapped In

It seems nearly impossible to avoid a nip slip in this barely there vintage 1998 Thierry Mugler cut-out dress, but somehow Kim managed to pull off this strappy, boob-baring look without a wardrobe malfunction!

Vintage Versace

Kim's cleavage was the star of the amfAR Gala red carpet in this daring, super low-cut black vintage Versace dress from the fashion house's 1991 collection. The eye-popping design oozes sex appeal and definitely commands attention.

Latex Lady

Kim ensured that her pin-up status remained in tact in this pink skin-tight latex mini dress by Atsuko Kudo.

Louis Vuitton Don's Wife

In true Mrs. West fashion, this star's look, designed by Off-White's Virgil Abloh, was a statement piece at the Louis Vuitton men's show. 

The Chalice

If you were at the 2018 Met Gala, we're sure your eyes were locked in on Kim's shimmering tight Versace number!

Balmain Babe

Kim looked drop-dead-gorgeous at a Balmain party in this tiny white crop top and sheer bedazzled skirt.

Fashion Jackpot!

Kim stepped out to celebrate her friend's success wearing a vintage Jeremy Scott money-covered trench, matching boots and a crystal Judith Leiber money purse.


Mrs. West donned an all-black blazer ensemble sans shirt at the 2017 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

Bare Faced in Balenciaga

For a Balenciaga fashion show, Kim went makeup free in an off-the-shoulder Balenciaga trench and black and white grid-print Balenciaga boots.

Warrior Goddess

Nothing says Greek empress more than this beige crop top and skirt ensemble. The look was paired with white heels and Christian Billets cuffed bracelets. Way to slay, Kim. 

Cut-Out Queen

Kim attends The Tot holiday party in LA in a sleek light gray tank dress with a sexy stomach cut-out.

Sparkling Mama

The reality star hosts Las Vegas' Hakkasan nightclub's third anniversary.

Oh Baby!

Kim wowed in this white Valentino caped gown that accentuated her growing baby bump at the 2015 InStyle awards in Los Angeles.

Hot Pants

Kim bares it all in this Laquan Smith ensemble for the DailyMailOnline Yacht Party during the 2015 Cannes film festival.

Gold Goddess

Also while in Cannes, Kim sports a business-glam Balmain ensemble for the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival .

Met Magic

At the 2015 Met Gala in New York City Kim flaunted it all in this feathered and embellished sheer Roberto Cavalli gown.

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