Has anyone had multiple c-sections and develop a sore lump/knot around the incision?

Patience - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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ive had 2 c-sections, with the last one being 3yrs ago. i experience soreness and noticed a lump around the incision area. ive been xrayed and they find NOTHING. they think its scar tissue, but shoud scar tissue hurt? :-/ do i really have to deal with this pain for the rest of my life? any suggestions or personal experiences are welcome!! THANKS MOMS!!

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Ana - posted on 04/25/2014

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I had a painful lump that turned out to be an endometrium implant from the time of my cesarean. Fact, scar tissue doesn't cause pain! Demand an Ultrasound or MRI to check the vascularity on the lump.
Here is my story and why it's important not to let your painful lump undiagnosed!

During my cesarean section, I was implanted with endometrium tissue (uterus lining) in my abdominal rectus muscle. I spent the next three years in extreme pain. I was seen by OBGYNs and general physicians for my lump and symptoms in over 30 visits, only to be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed over those three years. I kept telling the doctors to check my lump, but the doctors kept saying, “Scar tissue has no symptoms.”

None of my doctors ever checked to confirm that the lump was not scar tissue. During those three years my lump grew. When I finally got diagnosed the doctors told me that the lump was an endometrioma mass that grew and attached to my abdominal rectus muscle. When I had my surgery to remove the mass, surgeons had to remove 8 cm of my muscle, the muscle sheath, vein complex and the inferior epigastric artery.
I no longer have pain from the endometrioma mass, but I am left with a permanent herniated stomach, incapacitated from many daily activities, and cannot carry another pregnancy. I have no pelvic endometriosis; the endometrioma mass found in my abdomen was the direct implantation of my endometrium cells during my cesarean. There was nothing in place to prevent this event from happening or to diagnose me at earlier stage. My doctors completely ignored my lump and symptoms. They refused to believe me though all along I was pointing at the problem.

What is Iatrogenic endometriosis: is a form of endometriosis which is caused by any uterine surgery, in most cases a cesarean section. Iatrogenic endometriosis appears in medical literature, and is a well-established entity. It affects women with no concomitant pelvic endometriosis. It is also known as incisional endometriosis and abdominal wall endometriosis.

For more information visit my website: www.iatrogenicendo.com

Christina - posted on 12/08/2013

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I am a mother of two also with a emergency c section on the first one I also have lots of pain and a lump on my left side lots of pain every cycle a week before and a week after what's going on it hurts severely what is it I would also like to know I am with u no money for doc but in lots of pain what is the pain we suffer through

Patricia - posted on 02/10/2010

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i cant give you specific advise as ive never had a c section but i do know scar tissue can become inflammed and sore and can take months to dissolve and relief to come. you may knotice it more at certain times of the day early morning or late in the evening. id suggest applying warmth to the area and gentle massage to relax the muscle.wearing clothing with an elastic like support to reduce the stress on the skin and muscle during the day may also help. good luck

Nevereva69 - posted on 08/05/2014

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Hi I'm a 37 year old women I had 3 top a pregnancy test and only one child and My belly button beend in pain and I have a lump on My my stitches where they did the cesarean dose any one know why this happens..

Farren - posted on 02/10/2010

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i have had 1 c section and when they took the staples out i had a blood clot. they broke it up and cleaned my incision out and 1 1/2 -2 inches was open and it tunneled inside 2 inches. they stuffed it with goz once a day until it healed about 2months later with a long q-tip and now there is a long scar tissue spot that is indented a little bit, but there is definately scar tissue. if they did x-rays and didn't find an old blood clot, or small air pocket your probably good, but i also had a breast reduction and the scar tissue on the side of me is still sensitive and sore sometimes. there might be a possibility that skin and nerve endings within scar tissue can become sensitive and or overactive after incisions heal. i hope i've helped in some way to you :)

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Jennifer - posted on 11/29/2012

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Welcome to my world. My c-section was 9.5 years ago and I suffer tremendous pain from this exact same thing. It is scar tissue and can be surgically removed. Until I get some insurance I will continue to suffer. As time goes by, it grows and the pain increases. Right now mine feels like burning pain and radiates throughout my stomach area. Ask your OB, not a PCF.

Stacey - posted on 02/13/2010

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I just had my 4th c-section almost 7 months ago. My guess is that it's scar tissue and yes it can cause discomfort. If it were red or oozing anything I would be concerned. The nerves in that area have been cut (twice now) and it will feel different from here on out. If the pain is all the time I would continue to seek a Dr who will find out what's going on. I get soreness or pains now and then but nothing bad or frequent.

Emily - posted on 02/12/2010

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I have had 2 sections and and have not experienced such a thing, however everybody heals differently. My scars are almost non-existant and I heal really well. I do however have a lot of nerve damage and the pain from that almost feels like I just got the surgery. That pain comes and goes and from my understanding is normal. I would say if they checked you and said it was scar tissue that is probably the case, but you might want to get a second opinion from another doctor. There is a scaring called Keloid scars that can be painful and so it is very possible that is what it is. I know someone that was in an accident and she has a severe amount of scaring above her eye anyway she has pain from those scars and has to go and get a surgery done every so many years to remove some of the scar tissue. She recommended to me to use vitamin E on the scar which should help reduce the scar and the appearance of it. Anyway I hope that you get it all straightened out and that you don't have to deal with that pain forever. The Lord bless you

Denise - posted on 02/11/2010

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I only had one c-section. I had soreness just above the scar. I felt a small lump under my skin and it was really sensitive to touch. It doesn't hurt when i'm not touching it so i never got it checked out.I just assumed it was scar tissue.

Hope you sort something out

Ashley - posted on 02/11/2010

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I had 2 C-sections and after my second son my nurse noticed that the doctor had made two cuts and the second was just small she said and put a band-aid stitch on it about 2 weeks later I too felt this unbearable pain I had started to heal wrong , it's supposed to be from the outside in and mine was from the inside out causing an infection and a ball to form luckily I had a open wound that they stuck goz into everyday and gave me a perscription for an anti inflamitory and pain killer . now I have scar tissue where it healed and occasionally still hurts . When I talked to my doctor he said that some women when they have C-sections because they give you stitches on your uterus and on the outside of the skin or staples on the outside , the one's on the inside heal faster, then the outside and it causes a bit of discomfort from there being abit of fluid or air trapped in there . I would see a doctor and ask him about anti inflammatories if that wold work for you .

Dee - posted on 02/10/2010

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same thing happened to me on breast reduction, it still sometimes pulls, and I;ll get a sharp pain everynow and then. But even w/all that, plus recovery, I'd still do it again! Went from a 48H to 40C, fantastic!

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