Post c/s scar pain

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Registered: 11-15-2007
Post c/s scar pain
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Thu, 02-26-2009 - 11:23am
I am post partum 10 months. I knew from the beginning from talking to other c-section moms and reading that you could be numb at the scar site for up to a year. My numbness just recently wore off (at 9 months). However, I've had scar pain on my left side since the c-section and it still hasn't went away. I'm wondering if this is actually normal?
My right side doesn't bother me at all and never has.
Now that the numbness has worn off, I notice the pain more.
It's not a constant pain and it only hurts if touched or rubbed. For instance during sex when the hubby is on top or when I'm standing in the bathroom putting on my makeup or doing my hair and I lean over to get closer to the mirror and the counter and the counter hits me in the scar area.
I'm just wondering if it is normal...will this ever go away? It's very aggrevating.

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Tue, 04-07-2009 - 10:33am
I had numbness at my scar for about a year give or take.
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 11:11pm

It's now another month since I posted the last message saying that the numbness has worn off and the scar pain I'm having.

This is really weird because the numbness has come back on the left side again...if I sit for long periods of time at my computer.

Does it normally come and go? Anyone else had this issue as well?

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Sat, 03-07-2009 - 7:47pm

Yea, if you go back and read what I wrote:

"It's not a constant pain and it only hurts if touched or rubbed. For instance during sex when the hubby is on top or when I'm standing in the bathroom putting on my makeup or doing my hair and I lean over to get closer to the mirror and the counter and the counter hits me in the scar area."

It's not a constant pain...only if touched.

I was just wondering if it was normal.

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Registered: 08-23-2005
Sat, 03-07-2009 - 10:10am

It's really hard to tell if it's normal from a few posts here, KWIM? My experience at 10 months PP is not PAIN but certainly the scar is tender or uncomfortable. I would notice the discomfort if I accidentally put pressure on it by leaning on a sink of whatever. I don't anticipate that it will ever completely go away... there are nerves that are impacted during the surgery. I know you mentioned that you don't have insurance, but if you are really experiencing a lot of PAIN, it really might be best for you to figure out a way to see a care provider.


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Wed, 03-04-2009 - 7:24pm
So would you say that (since you've had 3 c/s) that at 10 months pp, this is normal? How long does it actually last?

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Sun, 03-01-2009 - 9:08am

Man, that WAS a nightmare!

As for your pain, it could be normal (that is one of the possible side effects) but it could be something else as well.

Sarah (4 c-sections and planning a VBAC with my first head down baby!)

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Registered: 08-23-2005
Sun, 03-01-2009 - 5:47am

I'm sorry to say it, but in my experience.. yes, that's pretty normal. I just touched my scar area... and it's sensitive. I wouldn't say PAINFUL per say, but it doesn't feel good. I'm currently 2 months PP with my 3rd C and this one feels pretty much the same as it did with my earlier C sections.


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Thu, 02-26-2009 - 5:59pm

Well, my problem is I don't have a doctor...or insurance. When I was pregnant, I had to go to the Board of Health clinic because I don't have insurance and haven't for years. I work 35

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 02-26-2009 - 12:16pm

I'm so sorry you are dealing with pain now that the numbness has subsided. The pain could be from a variety of things, I would talk to your doctor, ask about scar tissue and see if he thinks this could be the cause. I know I still have tenderness, not really pain, just tender. It usually increases closer to my period, I wonder if it may be caused by increase of blood flow to my abdomen near menstruation but I'm not a doctor and to be honest I haven't spoken to my doc about it yet, every time I go in to see my doc there seems to be a more important situation to discuss.

Hope that helps I know its not easy having discomfort months and even years after a c-section but unfortunately it seems to be the norm not the exception.

Keep us posted.

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