After c-section complication

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if anybody else out there had any complications after they had a c-section. I had a c-section in 2007 and actually ended up catching Staph Infection and a Flesh Eating Bacteria that just about killed me I had to have multiple surgeries to fix my stomach but I am still having complicatons and can't get anybody to understand how I am feeling how much pain that I am in and how it has got me emotionally stressed. I was just curious if anyone else had the same expereince

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Dee - posted on 10/22/2012

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Hi, I was reading and I was just appalled of what happend

I am a first time mom had my beautiful baby boy Sept 3, 2012

Not expecting a c section but it I had to @ 41wks

Failure 2 progress. Any how due to the c section I can hold my urine for quite some time I literally have to remember to pee

Because my body lost the "indicator" letting me know that my bladder is full before c section it hurted to hold my urine naturally but now I can't tell I need to pee. On top of that my incision had opened and I returned to work bleeding out of my incision. I love my son liam so very much he is a blessing but this was an emotional and traumatic experience. although it is no where close to what you been through it is scary to know the extent of complications after a c section. My Dr. Says if I get pgnt again it is most likely another c sectio n. My husband wants another child in the near future I fear I won't be able to do this again. I will pray for everyone here god bless

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2010

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Sorry haven't posted I have been sick with a cold. Just wanted to say Thanks to everyone that replied makes me feel a little better that I am not the only person out there that is going through something. I hate that things have happened to myself and to those that something bad has happened to. I have actually been looking into some stomach specialist and other OB/GYNS in my area and in regards to Amy post its not that I can't get pregnant, I can but I can never carry another baby because they had to remove 98% of my stomach lining, I have internal stiches in me basically holding my insides in. If I was to get pregnant the stiches would more likely bust and I could bleed to death and possibly die. I love children but I think I will cut my loses and not try for anymore because I have two precious angels already and I am blessed to have them and I wouldn't risk my life and losing them

Iridescent - posted on 02/02/2010

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It's likely time to ask for a referral to someone at a different hospital. You know what's wrong. Not only that, and I don't know what other complications you have with your pregnancies if any, but the problems you had shouldn't leave you unable to have more children (unless you're honestly infertile now). If your uterus is good, ovaries are good, the infection can't just come back (they were both bacterial and had to be cured, they just don't occur spontaneously). The problem with breaking open from healing issues and infection just simply shouldn't happen again, especially with a good doctor. Maybe you really need a full recheck of things.

The nerve (pain and numbness) is another issue. I still have a 1" numb section around my scar. It's not likely to come back, but it can. The first sensation as nerves regrow is an itch you honestly can't scratch. Then pain when you feel anything. And you likely have enough skin they can remove the majority of the damaged area to return you to full functioning. A scan of your abdomen should show if you have poor scarring internally as well now, and if anything can be done to repair it. You read mine - there is hope. Just have to look and really fight.

Sneaky - posted on 02/02/2010

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Hi Amanda, I am so sorry you are in so much pain! I have never had a c-section so I can not comment on the physical side of things (I think Amy Lea's post is awesome in that regard!) but it really concerns me that your doctors have told you to 'get over it' and that it is all in your head! At the very least you will have emotional trauma from your ordeal that requires understanding and support and it is totally possible you are suffering from post traumatic stress as well. I would definitely be looking for second, third, fourth and more opinions on your medical situation.
Good luck and I hope you can find some answers soon!

Gwendolyn - posted on 02/02/2010

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I had some complications after my 1st C section. I could not walk well because of fluid retention for 2 weeks. I had post pregnancy high blood pressure. My complications were primarily due to my body’s reaction to the birthing process. It was an emergency C section after 32 hours of labor. First please get a doctor that respects you enough to listen to you! No one knows your body like you do. Doctors are there to consult with us in the best interest of our health –not to tell us we do not know what we are talking about just because we may not have a medical degree. Sorry to hear things went the way they did. You may wish to consider reporting that doctor so that no other mom has to endure his or insensitivity.

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Tracey - posted on 03/04/2013

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Hi there...I had a c-section in 2008 and came down with the similar disease. Didn't know if it was something the hospital did but it turned out that it got so bad, they had to do 5 debridment surgeries. I was on a ventilator and almost died. Thank god I survived, but for months, I was on what was called a Wound Vac which saved my life. I had a Nurse come to my house for 6 months to change the wound vac 2 times a week. It caused me so much stress and basically went into a depression. I really couldn't take care of my newborn so my husband had to miss a lot of work. I still have a huge hip to hip scar 2 inches thick but I'm alive which all that matters to me! Sorry you had to go through this.

User - posted on 09/27/2012

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omg i feel for u ever since i had my kids it get infected for no reason,

my periods are messed up and have not been able to get pregnant since .

Kiara - posted on 02/28/2012

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After I had an c section I got an staph infection in my uterus also it was so painful. Ugh. But I have a question can someone help me?..I was wondering can I have anymore kids if I had an staph infection in my uterus? Would that stop me from having anymore kids? Wondering.....

Marcia - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have had two C-Sections but never had any issues with them. I also had a complete hysterectomy and never had any issues with that either...the only thing I have been cut in the same place three times...the bottom of my stomach is numb now can't feel anything....sorry to hear u have had all these issues and can't get the doctors to understand...do u go to a woman or male doc?

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010

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I actually have no feeling in the bottom of my belly were my scar is I was cut on the bottom of my belly left to right and when they had to due the other surgery they basically had to go back and reopen my scar what hadn't already opened up adn then cut more so basically from right waist to left waist. They tell me absolutely no more surgeries unless it is life or death for me. The doctors have basically giving up on me and tell me that all teh pain is in my head. I am not crazy I know what happened, I knwo that what happened to me and I know how I feel adn the pain that I go through

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010

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Thanks for all the replies. You know I still hurt all the time and I can't get a doctor to believe me. You know when it happened to me I didn't know what to think, I had my twins on June 24 got to go home 4 days later I didn't feel good but they had sent me home anyway. Went for my checkup to have my stables removed and they wouldn't remove them because they hadn't healed adn they told me it was more likely because I hadn't never had surgery before. That Friday me and my husband was strolling the babies and the next thing I know I am soaked and i didn't feel anything or nothing. When I got to the ER the doctor stuck a whole long q tip in my belly and said that I needed to go back to the medical center that I had my twins and he suggested that I drive myself.I had to force to be transported back. When I got to the meidcal center the doctors came in looked at me and immediately took me to surgery, and the next thing I know it is Sunday evening. I had to be put in a medically induced coma because I had to have 5 back to back surgeries to remove all the infection, they told me if I hadn't gotten there when I did I would have died during the night. They told me I had Staph Infection and Necrotizing Faciitias. I wasn't able to be sewn back up so I had to come home with a machine called a "Wound VAC" (basically like it sounds a vaccum cleaner it sucks your skin back together a faster healing time) I was like that for a month. I wasn't able to be around my babies or anything. I used to be able to work, walk do everything and now because I have such cribbling pains that I barely get out of bed and when I do I can't sit for long periods of time before I hurt, I can't do te simplest thing as sit in teh floor and play with my children. My doctors tell me that everything is all in my head. I can never have anymore chiildren because if I was to get pregnant I could go through the same thing again and this time I could actually die. I feel aweful I sit and cry a lot I mean its been almost 3 years and doctors say I need to move on with it but I can't

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have had issues because of my second one up until I had my second one. I was not stiched up right had a MASSIVE hematoma between the skin and the uterous and it busted through the staples. I had 3 INCHES of scar tissue removed and since then I have been great some strange twinges every once in a while but my new doctor said that it is from all the nerve damage from the first one, the same doctor did both of them....the new doctor said that I WAS BUTCHERED the first time and that it should have never been like that. It was horrible. I still have no feeling in about six inches of that area. But I would definately do it again if it went as easy as it did this last time. Thank god it was not that bad this time. No more babies though too many issues from the first one I could have bled to death this last time and both doctors say that the risks are too high for any more...its sad but I have two beautiful kids that need me so its not worth the risk anyway

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after number 2 i was sick with fever and had to go back in hospital. but nothing like that sorry. what did the doc say?

Valerie - posted on 02/02/2010

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after my csec, i had so much bleeding and pain they did a tubal and ablation. and since then, i've had Sever pain, when i end up on the floor, screaming and crying for days, unable to move or care for my children. i've been "Diagnosed" with anything from sciatica in my back, to a belly ache. but it happens, every month, since my c-sec. and dr's gave up trying to "Fix" me. ugh!

Iridescent - posted on 02/02/2010

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I did. After my first, the doctor didn't stitch my uterus shut or clean it out, and he stapled externally. Even though the edges weren't healed together he removed the staples 3 days later and it broke open (scary!). He told me to shut the edges with bandaids. It got infected. I also got an internal infection because he left a piece of placenta inside which got infected. The doctor refused to treat it. The scar got horrible and it was weak.

15 months later I became pregnant again, and at 5 weeks my uterus ruptured because of all the complications from the bad surgery. They did an ultrasound and found out I had a ton of scar tissue, plus my bladder was stuck inside the scar, forming part of my uterine wall (because the doctor hadn't closed my uterus after surgery). They were able to let the rupture heal enough to carry the pregnancy, but I had preterm labor very early and continuously until delivery at 36 weeks. The surgeon with the second c-section removed the scar tissue, stitched shut my uterus, separated my bladder from my uterus, and cleaned the uterus out very well before closing. It meant longer surgery time, but it was very needed. He also closed with stitches instead of staples due to my proven slower than typical healing time.

My third one I was very specific with the OB/surgeon about what I expected from him -
- stitching shut the entire uterus
- cleaning out the uterus well
- stitching shut every layer they went through from inside to out
- removing excess scar tissue from past surgeries when possible
- closing externally with stitches vs staples (he used a single long stitch and it worked amazing with my third)
The surgeon said it was the most extensive "interview" he'd ever had from a patient, but he agreed with my requests. He also told me that the differences in my requests are the exact differences you see in training between Europe and the US - my first c-section was by a US trained doctor, the second two by European.

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