"C-section Recovery Issues"

Updated on April 08, 2008
J.T. asks from Humble, TX
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I had an emergency c-section, was my b/p was high and my blood platelets were really, really low, so my liver was all messed up. So I was completely under. This was October 30th 2007, my son is now 5 months old. I was home the first week and got an infection for 1-2 weeks from the surgery:( But now I work out and can do most things, but every now and again it will ache a little, and above my scar is still a little sensitive??? I am wondering if this is normal??? I've heard that in my case it can take up to 8 months for a full recovery??? I hope to hear from others, thank you, Jules:)

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M.J.

answers from Houston on

My son was born a little over a year ago. I still get a few stings every now and then. Also after a very active day my scar line seems to get really pink. I guess it takes a little over a year to truly heal.

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K.W.

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This is normal. I had an emergency c section and was under also. My baby is 10 months and occasionally my scar is tender.

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H.A.

answers from Houston on

I've had 3 c-sections, and have a suggestion for something that may help with the soreness & numbness. Find a chiropractor that uses a percussor instrument. It's like a REALLY strong massage-vibrator. Apparently it breaks up the scar tissue and increases circulation to help with nerve regrowth (that's the itching sensation). I usually waited until 4-6 mos after the surgery, and then did it 2-3 times once a month or so, until I was satisfied. I have nearly complete feeling back (except a few small spots around the incision area) and no soreness at all. It was also fun to hear the doctors comment on my 2nd and 3rd births about how little scar tissue there was.

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T.D.

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I had to have a c-section too. After 18 hours of labor!!! My son got him self all tangeled up in the cord. It took my doctor 5 minutes to get him out. I had a really long recovery(had to have my c-section reclosed twice because of the work I was doing at the time) You mention haveing an infection I got one to the doctor told me that it might of been from the extra time it took to close the c-section. He gave me some antibiotics and it cleared up in about to week. My son is Know 5 years old and I still get realy bad kiddney infection. My new doctor tells me that it could be a resolt of my pregnancy or the c-section. When they (the doctors) tell you to take it easy. You better listen to them take it from me.

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L.M.

answers from Houston on

It is perfectly normal and it does take about a year. I had a C-section with a bikini incision 29 years ago and it took about a year. If you get little pins and needles sensations or a burning, my doctor told me that is the nerves growing and regenerating. You may not have any feeling come back in the area directly around the scar, but it's a very small area. Congratulations on your little boy!

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R.C.

answers from San Antonio on

What you are feeling is normal. I had a c-section 3 years ago, and my scar will still ache if I get stressed. Also, the scar is sensitive. I think that is normal of any surgery. My mother had thyroid surgery almost 30 years ago, and to this day she can't stand to wear a choker style necklace or a high collared shirt that will rub around the scar. You may be fully recovered already, but the scar most likely will have some sensitivity for life. I think that's just how it is with soft tissue. I sprained my ankle 14 years ago, and to this day, when there is a weather change, my ankle aches. You now have a scar on your uterus and on your lower abdomen that you didn't have before. It is normal for it to feel different. Congratulations on the birth of your son!!!

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J.H.

answers from Houston on

J.,

I had emergency c-sections with both of my kids and the recovery is a long one. My youngest is now 2 1/2 and I still feel little twinge of pain every now and then. Nothing too painful, just a pins and needles sensation. It will get a little better but it is a long recovery. Good luck!

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J.V.

answers from Houston on

you have had major surgery, with complications. let your body heal. tenderness and occasional pain is normal. ease your way back into a work-out routine. you may feel great, but don't rush it, your body needs time to recuperate.

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T.M.

answers from Austin on

I had a c-section in 1980, twenty-eight years ago. I had an infection too but while I was in the hospital after surgery. High fever and weak as a kitten. Five days in the hospital. Antibiotics did the trick.

Lifting heavy objects surely must contribute to pain?

Take care.

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M.A.

answers from Killeen on

I, too, had an emergency c-section almost 28 years ago. I did not have to be put completely under, but I had been in labor for 38 hours and was not dilating along with high blood pressure. I was practically bedridden for a month afterwards and 10 years later I had another c-section. My scar to this day has no feeling in it. It was a little sensitive for the first few months, then just went "dead". I think it's pretty normal, but if you're concerned, you should go see your doctor.

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J.W.

answers from Austin on

I had a c-section with both of my children and they can pull the muscle tighter on one side than the other is what they told me. The first week I was home my body had made a pocket over my pubic hair area and I just felt different that day and then during the night I got up to check on our daughter and my gown us sticking to me. SO I went to the rest room and found stuff all over me from my incision (sp?). I woke up my husband and he told me that it had opened up. My mom who was a nurse at the time came over to our house at 2 am to look at it, but it never did hurt. The only thing I have ever had is the numness about an inch or two above your scar and our daughter is now 17.

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A.G.

answers from Corpus Christi on

I also had a c-section about 20 yrs ago and I got infection on my cut! I don't know what kind of infection you had but I can tell you that having a surgery like c-section we need to take extra care because the doctors went through 7 layers of skin and our muscles and tissues need time to heal and get strong. Actually it takes a year to completely heal. Take it easy and take your time to get your body back into shape. I hope it helps somewhat. May God Bless you and your baby.

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B.H.

answers from Houston on

Hello J.. I would say that i have to agree with Jennelle U. about the pain getting better after each one. I had a C-section in '95 (emergency), '97, '02, and '04. I had sensitivity with each one and it did last for a while. However, I think exercising within reason is important. It helps your body get back to whatever normal is. I will say, though, you will have a new "normal". I have always felt a little different in the stomach area. I recently had a tummy tuck (sept.) and my stomach is still different. From my experiences, whenever there is movement or activity (surgery) in the stomach area, it never quite recovers correctly, and in fact - there are big changes. I have been told that it takes over a year for the stomach to get back to normal after surgery - that is why they tell you to wait a while before having a second child to give the body time to heal...or complicatins could happen.

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A.B.

answers from Austin on

I had my third c-section in October of 2007. The first two were in 2005 and 2006. For me it was sensitive and numb after each one and I don't expect that to change. I was in a car accident when I was younger and had surgery on my left hip. The scar from that is STILL numb and has some sensitivity and that happened in 1985. The ramdom aches should subside soon though. (Unless you're doing something too strenuous during your workouts) It's just part of the process, a war wound, but who cares? Look what you got out of it. It's all worth it.

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S.O.

answers from Houston on

I had three c sections, from what your saying everything sounds fine. Just remember to listen to your body. Sometimes when I would work out I would get those burning sensations, I had to listen to my body and take my time to get back to norm. Within the year you should feel back to normbut from what my doc said and from what I've read it takes 2 years to get back to norm. This is because with a normal delivery it takes 2 years for your body to get back to norm, your strength and hormone levels which obviously has alot to do with the healing process. Good luck and you should try what one other said the chiropractor vibrating message. Sounds like a great idea since it rids scar tissue.

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T.M.

answers from College Station on

I have not had a C section or any surgery like that, however I do have a significant scar on my forhead where i was in an accident a few years back (2005). My scar is still numb and everyonce in a while if it is touched in the right spot - it hurts still. just a little about scars I thought I would share. for a long time after it was sensitive, even though I was completly healed.

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B.G.

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Hi J., My daughter is 6 and a half months old. I still have some aching above my scar too. Lots of numbness! This was my second c-section and I do remember it taking a year before I really felt completely normal with my son. There was always a tiny bit of numbness in small areas. One of my best friends had pains almost all the way up to her belly button. It lasted until her son was almost a year old. It turns out it was an adhession (but worked itself out). When tissues attaches itself to tissue. Good luck to you. Hope the pain goes away soon.

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S.F.

answers from Houston on

I had a planned c-section, and my son is now 3 months. I, too, still have sentitive areas around my incision. I don't actually remember what my Doctor said total recovery time would be, but I do think it takes a while to completely heal. I have a woman in my office who had 2 c-sections almost 20 years ago, and she said it took a long time before she didn't have any soreness left. I would say to go off of the severity of your tenderness. Mine is pretty minimal, but it is still there. If you are still having more severe tenderness, then I would check back with your Doctor just to make sure. Good luck and Congratulations on your Son.

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A.P.

answers from Odessa on

Well I under stand completely. I have had 3 C-sections. My first was the worst, I could hardly walk for a while it hurt so bad. After my first I would get pain for no reason; off and on for years. There was an 11 year gap in having my second child and that c-section was alot better. With my third I was up and walking the same day. I still do have irritation on my c-section scar. I suppose it will just discomfort on and off. I was told by my doctor during my 3 pregnancy that your body needs about 2 years to fully recooperate from the c-section. I got pregnant 5 months after having my 2nd child, so they were some what worried because I hadn't completely heeled. As always, everyone is different, this is just what goes on with me. Proud mother of a 15yr girl, 4yr girl & 3yr son. Hope this helped answer you question.

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L.L.

answers from Orlando on

Totally normal. I had an emergency one too almost one month before you and I go through the same experience with pain and tenderness. My doctor said it could take up to 1 year to heal because when they cut you they sever your nerves and they are constantly regenerating themselves that is why you may be like me still numb on some areas around (especially above the cut)

He actually said to me when I described what you are saying and more"Welcome to the club", so I welcome you!

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S.T.

answers from Houston on

It baffles me that so many women have elective c-sections. Sure, labor and delivery is hard but recovery from major surgery lasts a lot longer and more dangerous!

I've had four c-sections. What you are experiencing is probably normal, , but always check with your DR if you are concerned.

S., mom to four lovely little girls ages 1-5

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D.M.

answers from Houston on

I had a similar situation although I was not put under, I was kept in the hospital for a full week after my C-section b/c my blood pressure wouldn't come down and my potassium levels were so low. I too had tenderness for quite some time- almost a year if I remember right. The scar still gets a little tight some months around my period almost 3 1/2 years later. My OB told me it's perfectly normal and not to worry about it unless it gets really painful.

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J.J.

answers from Corpus Christi on

Congrats on your son, and I'm glad everything went well (though it took some time) with your c-section. My son was an emergency c-section where I was under general as well, so I know how that is (although in my case, it was because he was in distress, not me--his heart stopped). I would imagine the infection may have set you back a bit, but it sounds like you're healing just fine. I had sensitivity and aches for around a year, and that was without any complications. It worried me a bit too, until I asked my doc who assured me it was normal. And I had the itching that others mentioned for years...oddly enough, until my second c-section (scheduled) for my daughter. The way they did the second was to actually cut out the scar from the first, so I'd only have one scar, and the new one doesn't itch! I also didn't have nearly the soreness or sensitivity with this one--I got the all-clear to start my normal routine, even exercising, at only 4 weeks--so if you do end up looking at another c-section, take heart that recovery tends to be even smoother the second time around!

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P.B.

answers from Austin on

I have had a natural birth and an emergency c-section. After the natural birth my doctor and mid-wife told me " It took almost 10 months the get in this shape don't expect it to go back any quicker" Add to that not only surgery but complications. You are doing great by getting back to where you are. Relax and let nature have the time it needs to heal you properly. Hang in there.

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R.Z.

answers from Houston on

hello J.! With my first pregnancy i had an emergency c section cause my blood pressure was to high and the babyz was to low so they did an emergency c section but i refused to get put under since i was scared so i guess i didnt have too. i was released a week later and then about a couple of days later my incision was infected and i was admitted into the hospital for an additional two weeks and they had to use a machine to suck out the infection it was horrible. so i can kind of relate to you. i had the same pain afterwards til about a year i want to say. but you should be getting a little better it just takes longer since we both had complications so hang in there for a little bit longer and it should start to feel better at least it did for me. i wish u the best of luck.

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C.S.

answers from Houston on

I have had 3 c-sections (my youngest is 5 1/2) and even still very seldom though, I will have a little pain above my scar...only when I do really really heavy lifting...pulling the vacuum up the stairs, etc....so, yes, it is normal!! Hope your recovery goes well!!

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M.T.

answers from Beaumont on

I had sensitivity for over a year and a half, but my doc said that is normal. I finally don't have any issues anymore exceptfor the occasional ingrown hair or something like that. I do itch sometimes more than I did before, that has to do witht he scar. Everywhere I have a scar I tenxd to itch a little more there than other places. I had my daughter in oct of 2005, and then had my appendix removed in March of 2006, just when I was relly getting over the c-section. Hope this helps.

Mary

M.I.

answers from San Antonio on

Hello, I have had two c-sections and I think what you are going through is very normal. The recovery after my first one took a lot longer. Partially due to going through 24 hours of labor and 3 hours of hard pushing before the c-section. But I had a lot of sensitivity in that area for nearly one year. The recovery after my second c-section was much quicker but I do still feel sore in that area if I work out to hard or lift too much or get bumped there. I know it can be frustrating and you just want to feel normal again but it sometimes takes awhile. If you start having severe pain in that area or it is just constant tugging at you then I would go see your doctor but otherwise I think it sounds very normal and it should keep improving but how quickly is different for everyone. I do also think my recovery was much faster the second time becasue I was taking great vitamins and they really helped my body to heal. Hope this helps. Take Care.
M. - www.FollowingOurDreams.com

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K.B.

answers from Houston on

My scar is also sensitive, which is common with many scars from the extra tissue buildup. My husband has the same sensation on a scar from a dirt bike accident almost 10 years ago and it's still there. It also may end up mumb.. the nerves were cut and everyone heals diffrently. My friend couldnt move for weeks and I was vacuuming after a week... Eithr way, sorry about your complications and ensuing pain. Hope it gets better.

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C.H.

answers from San Antonio on

Hi J.
Yeah i'm familair with the after affects of a c-section. It is normal to feel that tenderness. My son was 1 year old and at times still after that i would feel some tenderness when i would stretch out before excercising. i wouldnt be to worried, just still be carefull and continue to take care of yourself.

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N.R.

answers from Killeen on

Totally normal.... I too had an emergency c-sec and my son is almost a year now and I still have aches around the sight and it is still tender. I had a lot of problems with healing so the dr told me to expect some extra healing time but he said most c-sec take up to year for total recovery.

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T.B.

answers from Odessa on

J.,
I had a c-section last March and at times my scar still hurts a little. It also itches like its still healing. According to friends of mine this is normal. I was told that the best thing you can do is put vitamin e oil on it. It helps with the itching and irritation and also helps the incision site fade.

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L.W.

answers from Houston on

Hi J.,
I had a c-section one month early because I had pre-eclampsia and my b/p would not lower. I also had an infection afterwards and like you I was was constantly worried because my scar and surgery area would ache. It's weird when you are numb where the incision was and yet ache above and below. My daughter is now 13 months and I am just starting to get feeling again around the scar area. The c-sec area was sore/sensitive for almost a year off and on. The only thing that has stayed is the itchy scar. Everyone I talked to told me this was normal so I don't think it is anything to worry about. I made sure to mention it to my ob/gyn and he didn't seem to worry. Hope this helps you.

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V.T.

answers from Austin on

My C-section scar gave me issues for years, very itchy and tender. This is completely normal. My daughter is about to turn five in July and my scar has become less noticeable and finally stopped itching. I used OTC Mederma for scars twice a day kept it covered with a non stick adhesive for over a year. As far has the pain inside, I felt things shifting for quite a while. I beleive all of the sensativity is normal after having a C-section and everyones recovery time could vary. Hope this helps!!

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C.D.

answers from San Antonio on

Sounds normal to me. The important thing you need to remember is the outside of your body heals quicker than the inside of your body. You are still healing internally. Be careful not to lift anything heavy!!

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K.C.

answers from Houston on

Hi J., I had a C section about 17 years and was numb for quite some time. I have since had a hysterectomy that had to be performed thru the same scar and that was 2 summers ago. I am still numb around the scar area and on occassion I will feel a tug or a nagging pull and then it quickly subsides. Some women get all of their feeling back, but keep in mind that when the c section was performed they had to cut thru all of the layers and muscles. People heal differently, but yes, it is apparently very normal. I am sure you're more concerned about the sensitivity than the numbness, but it will get better! good luck!!!
K. C

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L.M.

answers from Waco on

i had my first c-section 10 years ago.....the scar will always be sensitive.... but dont ever forget all people are different, if you are able to work out....you have nothing to worry about

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J.J.

answers from El Paso on

I didn't have a c-section, but a week after my first child, who was born natural, I had to have emergency surgery for a tear in my upper intestine. 3 months later I had to have hyrnia surgery in the same location. I hurt for over a year after that. That was 10 years ago. For 7 years after that I had no feeling in my stomach. 2 years ago my husband was tickling my stomach and I felt it for the first time, though some areas are still numb. However, I still have some pain and pulling feeling in my stomach. It does get better, but it does take time. Just hang in there, it will get better.

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J.D.

answers from Houston on

My c-section was 17 years ago and is still sensitive!

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J.U.

answers from Houston on

I had 3 c-sections in three years and believe it or not the recovery got better with each one. My last one was in 2003 and i still get some soreness around my scar and stomach area. Working out has helped it but i do occasionally get aches. So who knows if you ever really recover but it does get much easier!

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A.G.

answers from Houston on

J.,
I have had two emergency c-sections both because of pre-eclampsia, then my last one was born natural. I would say that the little ache is completely normal and you may feel phantom pains for a long time, I know I have. Also even to this day it is sensitive and get's irritated if rubbed much with my panties or bumped and I had my last c-section 10 years ago. I am not sure why that is but I have heard this is also common.

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S.B.

answers from Killeen on

Well I can't tell you that it's completely normal but I can tell you that my scar is still very sensitive and not painful, but a little itchy above it still. My daughter was born 5 days before your baby so we're still in the same boat if you ask me. I wonder sometimes if it will ever end also. Just lettin ya know there's others out there that feel your pain, literally. haha

Shaena

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T.C.

answers from Houston on

Congrats on your son first.

I had a csec in June of 94. And had a small tattoo on my lower abdomen close to my scar in Feb of 97. My skin was still so sensitive to touch but from the scar tissue build up (I have bad scar tissue probs) I didnt feel my tattoo.

I also had some other female surgery in Aug of 07 through my csec scar. And was quite sensitive for about 3 weeks before normal even seemed close, but they didnt cut through the uterine wall. So thats why I probably able to return to normal quicker.

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K.T.

answers from Austin on

Jules,
I also had a c-section in october, October 3rd. This was my second. I hate them! Everything you are experiencing is normal. I work out 3 times a week and it aches if I work out a little harder than usual also.

You will feel less sensisitivity around the scar as the nerves have been cut and damaged. That si normal. I am not sure the feeling around there ever completely comes back, although I seem to remember it did last time. Also,when you work out, at 5 months, you should be fine. if you were going to have problems it would be in the first 2 months. It will ache as the scar tissue isn't as flexible as regular tissue so when you work out it complains. Unless it is really painful, I think working out is good for it. It teaches it to be flexible!!! However, I am no physician, so that is justmy opinion.

Everything sounds about like what I experience and have asked the doctor about. That scar, like our floppy tummies just takes time.

Congratulation on your son.
K.

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M.F.

answers from Austin on

J.,

It sounds like you may have had HELLP Syndrome. I happened to have it with BOTH my girls, and was grateful that I didn't have to have an -emergency- c-section. Urgent, yes, but they weren't full-blown emergencies. I was under general the first time, and we caught it early enough the second time around, that I could have a spinal.

My youngest is 21 months, and the worst that I've experienced is "phantom itches" at the scar, usually just above it. I get the worst itch you could ever imagine, but when I scratch like a madwoman, it's just numb, but still itches like crazy. (I suspect that it's the re-growth of the nerves I'm feeling.)

Any time you have major surgery, there will be a very long healing time, at least 6 months to a year, so what you're experiencing is perfectly normal.

Congratulations on your precious addition!
M.

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C.T.

answers from Houston on

I had my first in January by c-section. My scar is, also, still sensitive. I do not have much aching.

I have not gotten back to weights or pilates but I am running 3 miles everyday. The only pains I feel are in my knees which obviously, is normal.

To the touch, the area around my scar feels like a light sunburn. You might be feeling some aches if you are doing an intense abdominal workout. I would take it easy and do something other than sit-ups or crunches. I do leg lifts while tightening my abs. There are several good exercises for abs on babyfit.com.

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S.Y.

answers from Austin on

That sounds a little to soon to be working out, you may still be very tender in the c-section area. I would definitely check with your doctor as to what kind of excersise you are doing he is still the best source of information.

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T.W.

answers from Houston on

Hello,

I was like you as well and had an emergency c-section and developed an infection one week later. It took about eight months before I was compltetly healed to the point I could function like before. And even still when it is extremely cold sometime I get dull aches where the incision is or sometimes it still itches. My baby is almost 3 years old now.

R.H.

answers from Houston on

I'm not sure if it's normal but the saame thing happens to me and my daughter is 6 years old.J.,you may wanna check with your doctor or OB/GYN and make sure cause now that I have questions I don't have any insurance to go to the doctor for nothing.I have to get seen at the ER and they don't always check for everything like your doctor.When my scar hurts it doesn't make it any better when it is itching all the time either.

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M.V.

answers from Austin on

On my first C-section I was up and about in a couple of months. I had a C-section with my second baby and absess formed and the doctor just opened the wound to drain it and sent me home. He said I would be OK. I had pain on the side of the infection for about two years. I went to another doctor and found out it had affected my ovary. It was badly inflamed. I had to get that ovary removed. I would suggest to go to another doctor for his opinion. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Also, scar tissue can cause pain sometimes. Hope this helps a little.

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K.D.

answers from Houston on

I have had 3 c-sections and worked in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (high risk ob) for 12 years. The occasional ache and pain are normal. It can take up to 12 months to completely heal, so try not to worry. Sorry about all the complications you had but enjoy your little one to the fullest! They grow so fast!

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R.S.

answers from San Antonio on

My name is R. and I've had 3 c-sections. You will be sensitive for up to a year. You have to remember they cut through muscle and nerves and it all has to reconnect! It all takes time. It sounds like you are doing great! I had my 3rd boy on the 22nd of October. Our boys are pretty close in days! Hope this helps!

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D.N.

answers from Houston on

J.,

It sounds like you had HELLP syndrome. I had the same thing after my c-section, so I know what you are going through. For me it took I would say close to a year before it wasn't so sensitive. And now that I am pregnant with our second child it hurts again because he is pressing down on that area. It is always good to double check with your doctor, but I was say that everything is normal. I hope this helps.

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M.D.

answers from Houston on

I also had an emergency C-section in January of 06. I had toxemia and my daughter was born at 32 weeks. As I recall, it took me a while to be able to do much of anything and still from time to time my scar will itch. It was sensitive for some time after I was home. I think it is pretty normal as long as it isn't a constant pain.

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M.T.

answers from San Antonio on

HI, I had a c-sect in 97 and then a hysterectomy in 2000, but I had always had some sensitive feeling around the scar after it stopped being numb. good luck

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L.B.

answers from El Paso on

Hi,
You may never get full sesation back. I had a C-section almost 13 years ago and still have the tingly feeling around it. I asked other friends who also had C's and they had experienced the same thing.

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C.A.

answers from Houston on

Hi J.,

I have had an emergency c-section as well. I didn't go completely under and I'm not sure if that would make a difference. I also didn't get an infection which I'm sure can slow down the healing process. So it took me a about 2 months to feel healed, and comfortable with my everyday life again.

And to this day I still do not have the same feeling above my scar. It's almost a numb kind of feeling. I actually heard that it takes a year to completely heal from the inside. So maybe it's the strain of the everyday life. I'm sure it's normal. Just to be sure and safe I'd defenitely get an opinion from your doctor.

Cindy

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M.D.

answers from San Antonio on

J.,
I had a C-section with my first child 13 years ago. Though it doesn't "hurt" now, I'm still numb in the area (above and below the scar) and it STILL occasionally itches, EVEN though it's been a LONG time ago. I also feel an occasion PULLING sensation INSIDE when I do certain exercises but NOTHING PAINFUL. I was "sensitive" for several months after surgery, but it gradually fades away. I STARTED EXERCISING LIGHTLY ABOUT TWO MONTHS AFTER MY SURGERY. Just remain active and you should recover just fine. I hope the helps. God Bless You.

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S.B.

answers from Houston on

Hi, J. Hope this helps. Remember it took 9 months for you body to change for your baby to develope properly and it takes just as long for your body to get back as close to posible after you have your baby. And that is with a normal delevery. When you have a c-section all the rules change.It aches around your scar because they had to cut nerves and the are still healing. Mine did the same thing. With the other complications you had you have to allow more time. Be patient and enjoy your baby.

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P.M.

answers from Houston on

yes the aches, occassional sharp pain around the incision area and sensitivity are normal. I had 2 c-sections (19 years and 17 years) and it seems as if the sensitivity lasted for many months. I would say about a year. I would do it all over again if I had the chance....my "babies" are such a joy! Have fun with your little one, they are so amazing!

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T.R.

answers from San Antonio on

Yes it is normal.... I had an emergency c-section as well. I was really hoping to have a natural birth, but I had back surgery in my L4 & L5. When my contractions hit they felt like I was going to die, so when they gave me some pain killers it caused me to get a 103 fever so then said that my baby had to get out ASAP before she boiled. Till this day I will get sharp pains out of nowhere. My daugheter is 14 months and mine is still tender. BUT whe I asked the doctor she said since I had cancer my body is more tender and does not recover as fast as most. I can get a cold and it will not go away for weeks. Well I hope this helped.
T.

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B.F.

answers from Houston on

J. I had a c-section 17yrs ago and every now and than my scar still get sensitive and a little sore in that area.I dont think that you really fully recover from the surgery.What im having problems with is loosing the weight in that area.Its so scary somethimes to me because I always think that the scar will open up again if I make the wrong move.I just deal with it and move on.I hope that it wont last that long for you good luck.B. F.

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M.W.

answers from San Antonio on

J., I've had 2 c-sections (both due to pre-eclampsia). It does take a while to fully recover, although it sounds like you are well on your way. As far as the aches go they will go away with time. My scar sensitivity is still there (my youngest is 8) but the only time it really affects me is when I gedt dry skin and it is itchy. I have to run it very gentle with soft towel but no scratching. I think this is pretty normal since all hte nerves in that area were cut. Hope this helps.

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A.L.

answers from Beaumont on

I have had 2 C-sections with 2 kids and they were COMPLETLY opposite experiences! The first was horrible. Nothing was wrong in the pregnancy though she just was huge! Too big of a head for my little body so they did one. Afterwards I was in such bad pain and they wouldn't give me much pain meds because my milk was already in...not the colostrum the milk was in. After I came home my mom had to move in to take care of her while my huspand was at work because I could not get up and move around. Then to top that off I caught an infection and had a fever of 103. 6 years later I still get sharp pains from that C-section. And it is really sensitive on the scars. Now my youngest daughter was a great c-section. As soon as they took the Catheter out I was up like normal. It will get better but you might always have the sensitivity. Mine doesn't hurt it just feels kinda numb and weird. Good luck I hope it all gets better for you

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A.A.

answers from San Antonio on

J.- I have a 14 month old and a times I am still sensitive around my scar. I read that it has to do with the way you were cut, how much muscle was cut. It is not bothersome but I definately can feel it. I notice it is more sensitive when I do something straining like moving and lifting and mowing the lawn.

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E.B.

answers from Beaumont on

I had an emergency c-section with my first son and then had another baby c-section 17 months later. My second son is now 17 months old. I am also still sensative and a little numb around my scar. Occasionally I get a small sharp pain in that area, but I think it's just normal. You might want to ask your OB/GYN about it.

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S.K.

answers from Beaumont on

Hi J.,
I had a c-section with both of my kids that are now 6 & 2 1/2. Still to this day I have a weird numb/tingling feeling above the scar area. Is this what you are feeling?

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K.C.

answers from Houston on

Hi

I didnt have a c section but I did have a hystro Oct.3 2007. i ended up having to be cut same as a c section due to tissue problems from having natural child birth. The doctor explained that it would take a full year for me to heal and that since he had to cut the way he did that I would have numb spots on my lower stomache. To this day some parts of my scar are still sore and if I streach a certain way it gives me a shock of pain. I have very little feeling in my lower stomache. Sorry to hear of all the problems you were having and I hope you make a full recovery soon with no more sensitivy.

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K.B.

answers from San Antonio on

I hear you on the pain...I just had my third and finally C-section 3 months ago (15 months after the second one) and yes, it is normal. My first C-section was in 2001 (the first two were aslo emergency) and for up to a year after there was still, if not pain, sensitivity, even to the touch. When they cut in the cut through the muscle right about the incision, so you could have problem with sensitivity there for after working out the rest of you life, because the scare tissue swells a bit....it is never the same again, but I'd say after about a year you get used to it, I guess you find a new "normal" :) Good Luck!

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M.T.

answers from San Antonio on

Hi J.,
I had T. c/sections and did not have that problem. What I think is you probably have a hernia. You should have it checked out by your physician. I was up and about right after my c-sections and did not have your problem.
My Doctor just told me not to lift or excersise for 3 to 4 monts.

Good luck,
Elisa

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T.E.

answers from Houston on

I hope all is well now.
My sister had an emergency a-section 15 years ago (and a planned one 9 years ago) and sometimes she has twinges of pain and it is scar tissue build up.(That is what a DR. told her once).

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J.M.

answers from Odessa on

Hi J..

I, too, had a c-section September 6, 2007 (2nd one). My twins are 7 months old and I have just gotten to the point where my incision is not tender. I had a little numbness above the incision for some time and now that is gone, too. I rubbed the scar gently and have no scar tissue. My scar is minimal. It sounds like you're almost there. Hang in there.
J.
Midland, TX

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J.F.

answers from Clarksville on

It's been almost 3 years for me and I'm still recovering... we forget that a C section is MAJOR surgery, not one to be taken lightly (although not one that most of us chose).

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E.G.

answers from Austin on

I had a c-section with twins and it has been 8 months now. I also had a hard recovery.
I have the same symtons as you, it is totally normal, the urge to itch all of a sudden and the pain you may feel when the weather is changing.
It is very uncommftorable but those are the symptoms most women suffer after birth.
I hopeus women can overcome the pain.

Mother of five

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A.H.

answers from Odessa on

I had gall bladder surgery 4 weeks after delivery and now, 4 weeks after surgery the areas around my scars are still sensitive. My husband had knee surgery last July and his scars are sensitive as well. I assume this is normal.

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