Any mom's have a C- Section and still have pain?

Michelle - posted on 08/12/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son was born via C-Section and my doctor said it would hurt for up to six months. Its been seven and I am still getting very bad pains, sometimes to the point where I cant get out of bed or stand up because it feels like it did the first time I tried to stand in the hospital. Is this normal?

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Michelle - posted on 08/23/2009

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thank you all for your responses.. i tried to book an appt and they shrugged me off so looks like its time to find a new gyn. As to the questions about the scar.. it has healed very nicely almost invisible now. I think it may have been that i was too active after my son was born. Mine was not a planned C-section I had hypertension and preeclampsia so after 19 hrs of labor they decided to do the operation.

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Lisa - posted on 08/27/2009

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Quoting Marcia:




Sorry your friend had to have an injection in her scar, can't imaging what that's like, hope she healed better after that.  But a c-section whether planned or unplanned would be the same really,  they just have to work quicker.  And the only thing that has changed in the procedure really in the last year or so for some hospitals, is the new type of stitches they uses which I had.  Mine type was one long stitch, placed under the first layer of skin with a staple at either end.  It allows the surface to heal quicker and was taken out when Aaron was 5 days old.






It had healed with only two sections that took a little longer to heal, but by 14 days post birth, you couldn't even tell I'd had surgary there scar had healed so well.  It just looks like a crease.





 



That sounds like an interesting way of stitching.



With me they just used stitches for the inner 2 layers. For the outer layer they used staples. There were 36 staples, that were removed after 7 days.



You're really lucky to scar that well, if it just looks like a crease! Mine is still pink and red....but looks already a lot better than the surgical scar I have on my shoulder from an accident.....oh well just a little sacrifice for our cute babies :)

Lisa - posted on 08/27/2009

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Michele; I had exactly the same. The pre-eclampsia, then induced and after 18hres his heartrate was so low that they did the emergency C-section.

The nurses really kept me in bed very strictly the first 3 days in the hospital...but then at home my husband went back to work so didn't rest enough....I believe it's the classical story....

It's already positive that your scar has healed well. And like you so, it's time to find a new gyn!!! (I changed gyn when I was 20weeks pregnant)

Joey - posted on 08/23/2009

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Hi Michelle i had an emergency c section with my last baby i had her January and my tummy still hurts sometimes when you touch it and i have spoken to my doctor about it and he said some women have a harder time healing and depends on how far your baby was up when they did the c section and if the had a easy time getting him or her out makes a big difference. Know my daughter was sitting up way high so they had to do alot of pushing on the belly and when they hurt your muscles it takes a long time for it to heal eventually it will go away and he said that every once it a while it could still get tender. Hope that helped and good luck.

Amy Louise - posted on 08/23/2009

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i had a emergancy c-section too . i was induced and my babys head failed to drop... my scar looks great hardly tell i had a c/section . i was wanting to do to much when i got home and wouldnt rest untill my daughter was sleepin and then after the house/bottles etc were done.it takes a long time for the internal cut to heal but keep going the gp x

Amy Louise - posted on 08/23/2009

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i had a c/section to i had a infection in the wound wich was very uncomfortable bout after a course of antibiotics i was fine i still have some tenderness but no pain you should visit you gp!!xx

Marcia - posted on 08/22/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

Hi Michelle,

It must be awful to still have that much pain.
As Marcia, I only feel pain where my pants or underwear presses against the scar. I really can't support low-non stretch-jeans.

Is your scar very sensitive? Does it look very red or swolen?
my scar was numb untill +/- 2 weeks ago. Now it's very sensitive to touch and itches from times. But it look good, so I tend not to worry too much.
A friend of mine just had cortizone-injections in her C-section scar because it didn't heal properly.

My doctor told me it could take up to a year to heal (but as I had an emergency c-section it might be a bit different than for a planned C-section)
That is also why he has advised us not te have another pregnancy in the first 18months after the c-section.

If it keep on hurting that much, you should really go to the doctor and if the first one doesn't react properly seak a second opinion!!


Sorry your friend had to have an injection in her scar, can't imaging what that's like, hope she healed better after that.  But a c-section whether planned or unplanned would be the same really,  they just have to work quicker.  And the only thing that has changed in the procedure really in the last year or so for some hospitals, is the new type of stitches they uses which I had.  Mine type was one long stitch, placed under the first layer of skin with a staple at either end.  It allows the surface to heal quicker and was taken out when Aaron was 5 days old.



It had healed with only two sections that took a little longer to heal, but by 14 days post birth, you couldn't even tell I'd had surgary there scar had healed so well.  It just looks like a crease.

Lisa - posted on 08/22/2009

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Hi Michelle,



It must be awful to still have that much pain.

As Marcia, I only feel pain where my pants or underwear presses against the scar. I really can't support low-non stretch-jeans.



Is your scar very sensitive? Does it look very red or swolen?

my scar was numb untill +/- 2 weeks ago. Now it's very sensitive to touch and itches from times. But it look good, so I tend not to worry too much.

A friend of mine just had cortizone-injections in her C-section scar because it didn't heal properly.



My doctor told me it could take up to a year to heal (but as I had an emergency c-section it might be a bit different than for a planned C-section)

That is also why he has advised us not te have another pregnancy in the first 18months after the c-section.



If it keep on hurting that much, you should really go to the doctor and if the first one doesn't react properly seak a second opinion!!

Marcia - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hi Michelle,

Sorry to hear your pain is so bad. I've not been in pain like that at all, and I'd seek medical help if I were you, because that doesn't sound right at all. You shouldn't be in pain like that.



My pain is just from where some of my underwear presses against the scar, and it irritates it. I still get pain but it's only mild if not aggrivated, as I can still feel the wound knitting together and itching. It can itch like crazy and feel hot, and it's not inflamed or anything, it's just that it's still healing, and it will take time. Especially if your still breast feeding like I am, as your body's busy making milk, it's your body's first priority. Your wound is a result of having 15 layers of flesh cut to get the baby out, so I've been told so there will be times where it's hot, uncomfortable, a painful and stinging, but you shouldn't be in pain like you've discribed hun. The most pain I've been in, was like the day I had the stiches out and it was sore.



Please seek help, so that you get reasurrance in yourself that it's not infected or anything. All the best

Bobbi - posted on 08/16/2009

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My pain went away after a couple of weeks. I'd go talk to your doctor to be safe b/c I do have some pain but nothing like your describing. Hope I helped.

Kristi - posted on 08/14/2009

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I had a VERY easy time healing from my c-section. Very minimal pain. If you are still having pain as extreme as you make it sound, you should definitely see your doctor!! I know they mentioned there could be minimal pain due to scar tissue, but it sounds as though your's is much more intense than that.

Sara - posted on 08/13/2009

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I do have a stabbing pain on the edge of my c/s scar sometimes when i get up or out of bed. My dr said not to worry about it but its not as bad as what you describe. Good luck and hope you feel better soon.

Volante - posted on 08/13/2009

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I occasionally have pains getting up out of bed but otherwise i'm pain free. I'd also suggest asking your dr. about the pain.

Amanda - posted on 08/12/2009

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I had a c/s as well but I have no pain. I was pretty much pain free w/in 2 or 3 weeks. I would visit your doctor and have him check it out.



How is the scar healing? is it still tender if you touch it?

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