How long did it take for the numbness to go away after a c-section?

Zowie - posted on 04/13/2009 ( 106 moms have responded )

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My daughter is now 4 months old and my numbness is only just starting to go away. My mum had 3 c-sections and she is still numb from them and i am now 21 yrs old. I just wanted to find out others experiences.

I remember the numbness drove me crazy for the first few weeks but now i hardly notice it

Also I was wondering how long it takes for the brown line above the belly button to dissapear?

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Tia - posted on 04/16/2009

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my c-section scar has been there for 11 years and it is still numb all the time it will lighten up in color though. if you find a way to get rid the numbness let me know.. thanks

Tuckerjeanne - posted on 06/29/2011

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I'm happy to know all this I had the same question mines 4 months and every once in a while the scar or above it itches and it just drive me nuts cause I go to itch it and remember I can't feel nothing.

Lora - posted on 04/16/2009

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Beautiful photo Zowie! Well, I know women who have never gotten all their feeling back, mine is 20+ yrs and I still have numbness the length and about an inch of the width of the scar. My sister got most back after a yr..I guess we all vary allot with our capacity to heal and the damage done to the nerves.

Jean - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daughter is 8 and I still have irritable numbness, cannot wear jeans that are tight. Kind of a bummer but worth it. The doc said it was nerve endings that are healing...but after 8 years!? come on! I think they messes up my muscles :( still worth it :)

Pa Dao - posted on 04/16/2009

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Unfortunately there is no magic answer or number. A lot of it has to do with genetics and the expertise of your doctor. I had a c-section, but it was cut through an old surgery scar from the year before. Almost like 2 c-sections. My girl is going to be 7 next month. I never had a brown line, but my scar itself was an ugly purplish/red thing until my girl was 4yrs. Then it had slowly changed color until it matched my skin again. The numbness and area it covered went away slowly bit by bit each year. And now I have feeling all over my lower belly again, don't remember when it happened but I even have feeling over the scar itself now, too. It all just takes time. :-)

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Carol - posted on 04/16/2009

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My son is 16 months old and I still have have some numbness. It is not as significant as a few moths ago, and I have heard that sometimes it never fully goes away. It seems like how long you are pregnant is about how long your body seems to get "back to normal"

Candace - posted on 04/16/2009

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hello! i had a c-section in october of last year and i still have a little numbing right above my scar...i guess i had the same question you did and now i know it may never go away...sad day huh? but my brown line is gone...and my son is 6 months old...so pretty soon for you! and your daughter is beautiful!

Jaclyn - posted on 04/16/2009

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I am 7 1/2 months pregnant with my 5th and final baby. My last 2 kids were c-sections. My first c-section is now 5 and was 4 before I had another one. It's very true that sometimes the numbing feeling never goes away. When I run my finger over my incision area, I can sometimes feel it through my finger, but I can't feel my stomach. It comes with them having to cut through some nerve tissue, it's very normal.

Paige - posted on 04/16/2009

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Wow thanks for the info Reema I am going to try that also. I know Vitamin E oil is great for many things. Thanks again for sharing.



Paige



Quoting Reema:

I had my son 5 years ago and still have numbness however, I have been advised by my physiotherapist to massage the scar and abdominal area twice a day with vitamin E oil and to do abdominal exercises 4-5 times a day to build strength in that area. It's been 3 weeks now and I notice a difference. The abdominal area is firmer and I have a bit more sensation. I've always been afraid to touch the scar area and tried to ignore it. As a result, it's like my brain has disconnected with that part of my body. However, with regular massaging and exercise I notice that things are improving and I'm feeling very positive that long term doing as my physio advises will really help me.





 

Lucy - posted on 04/16/2009

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ive had 4 c-sections and i found that the more you have the bigger the numb patch and mine is about 5 inchs above and below and that never goes away but it dosent cause me any problems if it dose cause you problems then i would see your doctor

but congrats your baby is beautiful

User - posted on 04/16/2009

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I had my son 5 years ago and still have numbness however, I have been advised by my physiotherapist to massage the scar and abdominal area twice a day with vitamin E oil and to do abdominal exercises 4-5 times a day to build strength in that area. It's been 3 weeks now and I notice a difference. The abdominal area is firmer and I have a bit more sensation. I've always been afraid to touch the scar area and tried to ignore it. As a result, it's like my brain has disconnected with that part of my body. However, with regular massaging and exercise I notice that things are improving and I'm feeling very positive that long term doing as my physio advises will really help me.

User - posted on 04/16/2009

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Quoting Zowie:

How long did it take for the numbness to go away after a c-section?

My daughter is now 4 months old and my numbness is only just starting to go away. My mum had 3 c-sections and she is still numb from them and i am now 21 yrs old. I just wanted to find out others experiences.
I remember the numbness drove me crazy for the first few weeks but now i hardly notice it
Also I was wondering how long it takes for the brown line above the belly button to dissapear?


 

Carisa - posted on 04/16/2009

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Eleven years and still numb, though not as bad as it once was. Don't really have the cold spots anymore.

Jenni - posted on 04/16/2009

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my son is 15 still dont have it back but they cut nerves so u will never have it all back

Paige - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Zowie, My youngest is 12 and I still have the numbness. I was told I may never get feeling back because of the nerves being cut. I just have gotten use to the feeling of nothing there.

Stacy - posted on 04/16/2009

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My numbness never has gone away. It wasn't too bad after I had my daughter 6 years ago, but after the birth of my son, 4 1/2 years ago, it has never come back. It's just something that I have gotten use to, but it is still strange at times!

Sharon - posted on 04/16/2009

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I would have to say I'm not sure it ever goes away. I'm still numb and my youngest is 6yr and I have had 2 C-sections.

Valerie - posted on 04/16/2009

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I have had 3 c-sections, my last one in 2005. Below my belly button is still numb in a triangle shape from scar to point at belly button. This feeling will not come back for me after so long. It causes no side effects and I don't notice unless I touch my stomace.

Lindsey - posted on 04/16/2009

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My son will be five in November and it is not as numb as it was but it is still somewhat numb. Sorry couldn't be any help

Stacy - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Zowie! I have had 3 c-sections, my first almost 10 years ago and I have to say I never felt I returned to normal. After 3 it is really numb and still sensitive to pressure and things rubbing against it. But I can't feel the muscles inside.. if that makes sense. For instance doing crunches to work the lower abs.. hard to tell I'm doing anything. It's not bothersome, just different than pre-babies. Can't help you on the brown line, I didn't get that with any of my kids. Hope this helps!

Tamara - posted on 04/16/2009

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my son is now 8, i don't have the numbness but the area is very sensitive. it seems like the nerves never recovered.

Mary - posted on 04/16/2009

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My doctor said since they cut the nerves you will probably be numb in that area forever.  My son is now 1, I am still numb but it doesn't seem to bother me much anymore.  i pretty much forget about it.

Ashley - posted on 04/16/2009

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i never got the brown line so i cant tell ya there but my daughter was a zipper baby and im still numb

Fiona - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hi Zowie,



My son is now nearly 12 years old and although I went on to have two more children naturally, on the right side of my scar it is still numb but like Angela has said you don't notice after a while.

Rachelle - posted on 04/16/2009

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I had a c-section 4 years ago and still have the numbness on and around my scar line. I dont think the feeling ever comes back. It feels weird but not very noticeable.

Shauna - posted on 04/16/2009

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it never rally goes away. I have spot that feel normal and spots that feel numb.. the upside to it is.. it doesn't hurt when you get it waxed! the brown line I know can take some time, I didn't get it but my friend did..

Cyndi - posted on 04/16/2009

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I have to agree with several of the ladies. My daughters will be 13 and 10 this summer and I still have some "altered sensation". I had to even think about it as I have been so used to it that I don't even notice it! No worries....

Carol - posted on 04/16/2009

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I have had 5 c-sections and the numbness never goes away. It doesn't bother me because I really don't need to feel anything there, and I totally forgot about the brown line, it takes about a month or so.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/16/2009

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MY daughter is 8 months old and I can still feel numbness from my c-section! I don't think it ever really goes away!  

Wilma - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son is 9 and I am still numb. It's not that big of a deal but it does feel weird if I touch myself in that area because I can feel the pressure of the touch but not the actual touch. Also if there is an itch there and I scratch it tingles like crazy. I also have numbness on the outside of my left thigh. I wouldn't compare my case to anyone else's though because I had severe complications and had to have three surgeries and five transfusions because I hemmorhaged. Also when he was 5 I had appendicitis and they found a giant hernia from the previous surgeries. So I had the appendectomy and then the hernia repair six weeks later and I am now the proud owner of a 5 x 7 piece of mesh in my belly. To quote my son at the time, "Gee, Mom, they really messed up your belly, huh." LOL

Wilma - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son is 9 and I am still numb. It's not that big of a deal but it does feel weird if I touch myself in that area because I can feel the pressure of the touch but not the actual touch. Also if there is an itch there and I scratch it tingles like crazy. I also have numbness on the outside of my left thigh. I wouldn't compare my case to anyone else's though because I had severe complications and had to have three surgeries and five transfusions because I hemmorhaged. Also when he was 5 I had appendicitis and they found a giant hernia from the previous surgeries. So I had the appendectomy and then the hernia repair six weeks later and I am now the proud owner of a 5 x 7 piece of mesh in my belly. To quote my son at the time, "Gee, Mom, they really messed up your belly, huh." LOL

Kelly - posted on 04/15/2009

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I just now started to not feel as numb from  my c section with my son and he turned 2 in december. But when I touch my scar i still dont really feel anything other then the outside scar tissue nothing deeper then that. and my brown line went away with my daughter after about 2 months

Wendy - posted on 04/15/2009

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Quoting Anna:

Hi! I've had 2 C-Sections, the last one being 18 months ago. My numbness is barely noticable. Only feels a bit weird if I have an itch & need to scratch. I was told at the time of my 1st one that it can take 12 months.



My twins are almost 2, and my numbness is exactly as described above.

Camille - posted on 04/15/2009

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I'm still a bit numb after ten months. I don't think it ever goes away. As for the line and any  stretch marks I splurged at sephora and bought strivectin. My stretch marks are barely visible even close up (and it came with a free eye cream!).

Camille - posted on 04/15/2009

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I'm still a bit numb after ten months. I don't think it ever goes away. As for the line and any  stretch marks I splurged at sephora and bought strivectin. My stretch marks are barely visible even close up (and it came with a free eye cream!).

Manda - posted on 04/15/2009

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I was very bothered by the numbness I had at first, but eventually grew to live with it. I remember that even about three years ago I still experienced the numbess to a greater extent. My daughter is now 6 1/2 and I still have slight numbness, but much less now than in the past. It seems that it can last a very long time, but none of my friends or family have had cesareans though, so I don't know if this is common.

Elise - posted on 04/15/2009

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6 years after my first one I still had some numbness "down there".  :(  Now I've had 2 &  so you know....

Aramanth - posted on 04/15/2009

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My daughters were both sections and are now 13 and 14 years old. I still have a large numb patch on my belly and I have accepted that I probably always will have now.

Katie - posted on 04/15/2009

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i get the numbness only if i hit the spot they cut and when i do it really hurts and i feel like screaming and the hard part is keeping it clean and dry after a shower the wost part is when i get my period and my husband get really upset with me i take it out on him

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17 years and still numb!    Had a repeat csection in February and the numbness is even worse.  

Joanne - posted on 04/15/2009

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with some moms, it never goes away, some never experience it. most find it helpful too massage the area around the c section to stimulate the blood flow. Im 48 and ive had a complete hysterectomy ad ive still got the brown line above the belly button. its ot as dark as it use to be but its there. most times the only people that can notice that line, are the ones who are living in the body.

Janice - posted on 04/15/2009

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Well i guess i am one of the lucky ones I had vaginal birth with my 2 eldest however I had a C-Section in December 2008 and I am not experiencing and numbness, I do itch at times but and an occassional pain that feels like it is coming from the inside of the incision. I have also notice that I have gain a flabby hanging skin and no matter how much ab excercise i've done its just not going away

Stephanie - posted on 04/15/2009

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My little girl is 9 months today and I still have some numbness, but its not too noticable unless i rub my stomach the wrong way then I have sharp pain like when your legs fall asleep

Nicki - posted on 04/15/2009

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I had my son in november of 07 and i am still numb i guess everyone is different some of us lose the numbness and some dont but it will be ok soon you will barley notice it and it wont bother you anymore and i didn't have a brown spot my son was in the birth cannal so mine was done under my belly

Lisa - posted on 04/15/2009

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My daughter is 3 and I still have numbness is most of the area. I'm also numb below my belly button and it itches all the time. Where my bra sits, it itches there all the time too. I think the epidural had something to do with that. Anyone else experience that? Message me on my page if you have. Thanks!

Carrie - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son will be 3 in july and i still have partial numbness..it only bothered me when trying to workout...crunches were hard because i never knew if i was getting them done right because i wouldnt get sore!!

Janet - posted on 04/15/2009

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Post a reply!, i had a c-section in august 2006 and some of my tummy is still numb, its cos some of the nerves get damaged during the section, dont think it ever goes away totally

Megan - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son is 3 now and i still have some numbness. It just depends on your surgeon and how many nerves they cut during surgery.

Debra - posted on 04/15/2009

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i would have to say that it depends on your body...my biggest issue after c-section was the ANNOYING numbness, and having 2 kids i can't say i remember exactly when the numbness went away but - it's been 2.5 yrs and though it did take quite a while.. at this point there is nothing bothersome about it, and only if i touch the scar do i notice where i can't feel anything, but that feeling has been gone for a while. as well as the discoloration, but i dont' suggest sunbathing with the scar exposed, that will darken it.

A - posted on 04/15/2009

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I have had 2 c-sections and my oldest is 6. The numbess has never gone away. I only notice it sometimes. I notice the permenant puffiness a lot more. especially when wearing tight jeans or a swimsuit.

Jerri - posted on 04/15/2009

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I had a c-section as well, and I still have some numbness around the incision scar and I have never completely regained muscle tone there. I have also heard that I wont gain complete feeling back in that area, however the tinglyness went away after several months.

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