PP pain and discomfort

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PP pain and discomfort
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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 1:12pm

So Lincoln is 9 weeks old today and I am still having significant vaginal pain.

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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 3:43pm
Molly, that does sound uncomfortable! I am 4 weeks postpartum, and I'm not feeling discomfort any longer. If I'm on my feet for a very long time, I do feel some aching, but it is mild and rare. However, I remember feeling discomfort for a much longer time with my first child. I think it was because I had an episiotomy. If your tear was significant, it might have the same effect as an ep. Do you still have stitches? Could that be part of your discomfort? About two weeks ago, I was feeling some tightness at the site of the stitches because the tissue was healing. I hope you feel better soon!
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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 4:23pm

I guess I was pretty fortunate. I had almost no pain. I never even took the pain pills they gave me and I did have stitches.

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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 5:10pm
I can relate! I'm almost 8 weeks PP and had very minor tearing (I was checked by my MW at 4wks PP, and looked healed up then)--and I'm still not 100%. I've also always prided myself in being tough with pain, but I was not expecting so much discomfort. We've been able to DTD but only certain positions due to the discomfort. Anna was my first baby born vag. so I hope the healing is faster next time!
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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 5:18pm
With DS1 I had a lot of pain PP, up until around 10 weeks or so, but some of that I attributed to getting an IUD put in 7 weeks PP.

With DS2 I had no pain, not even the next day.

If you are still uncomfortable and things don't seem right I would call your OB again. Maybe see a different DR in the practice for a 2nd opinion.
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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 6:23pm
I had no pain after the first night, though I could feel things while healing. Nearly all my stitches were internal, though.

But...I still have some pain when DTD 10.5 months later. Don't let that scare you though, because it's actually better than it was before Peter was born. It's just not all that comfortable for me most of the time.
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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 10:16pm
Sorry you are still sore.. I would think there is something up. I didn't tear though, and have been feeling normal for a bit down there, and 3w2d PP. If that cream isn't working I would definitely ask for another opinion or something. That doesn't sound good at all! As far as DTD not there! LOL

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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 10:16pm

Hi Molly,

My whole body ached for 2 weeks after delivery...between shedding all the induction/antibiotic/epidural fluid, the bleeding, the stitches, my legs, the epidural point of entry...everything ached!!

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Tue, 07-26-2011 - 12:40am

Sorry to hear you're in so much pain, Molly! I would definitely let your doctor know again, just to be on the safe side.

I had a few stitches for the "skid marks" I had during my delivery and at my 6 week PP checkup, I was still in a lot of pain - it especially hurt to sit. Turns out some skin 'down there' had started to heal together in a way it wasn't supposed to so my MW had to burn it apart (not fun!) to let it heal properly again. After she did the burn to separate it, I felt so much better.

I definitely want to try to go epidural free with the next birth (I labored for 12/18 hours without any meds) because I had a backache for months from it and like Ruby, just felt yucky for weeks afterwards. My DH went back to work just a few days after the birth and I didn't have anyone to come by everyday to help me so I felt like it took me a really long time to heal because I had to jump right back into things and take care of a newborn, all by myself. My parents brought us meals once/twice a week but they live too far to be coming by everyday and we don't have the spare room for them to stay with us. Anywho, getting off topic...

As for DTD, we didn't get back to that until 3 months PP. I wouldn't rush it unless you really want to and I remember my MW saying to use lots and lots of lube. GL!

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Tue, 07-26-2011 - 1:36pm
I was similar to you, Molly - I don't think I felt totally normal for a good 3 months PP. I think it just takes longer for some women - each L&D is different. Sorry :( It's good that you saw your OB and he said everything was healing properly, that'd be the one thing I'd want to be sure about. DH and I didn't DTD for quite a while after Eliza was born, I think maybe 4 months? It just hurt too much. Even now, I don't feel 100% back to normal, and it still hurts a bit when we do DTD. But I think I am an outlier, most women don't experience pain this long PP, so hopefully you feel better more quickly!!!

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Tue, 07-26-2011 - 8:45pm

Molly, I agree with the pp that every woman is different. In my case I had an episiotomy that hurt for around 5 days to walk or sit, but hurt for like 5 months whenever I had to go #2!

As for DTD, it did hurt the first times... I think it wasn't completely ok until at least 7 months pp... The good news is that eventually it went back to normal, and now it's as if it never happened!!

So there is hope! But I think it is a good idea to get another dr's opinion over this. Good luck!!

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