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To think I should be able to feel my stomach again?

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SheNumpty Sun 05-Feb-17 14:17:30

I had a c-section 16 months ago and I still can't feel the lower part of my stomach at the front. Is this permanent?

I was wondering what other people's experiences were, and if I'm being unreasonable to expect that the feeling will return at some point.

It's not a massive thing - I'm diabetic so I've got a lovely numb patch to aim at for injections - I just think it's a bit weird and it was unexpected.

GoesDownLikeACupOfColdSick Sun 05-Feb-17 14:19:03

Same - no life there after 16 months! It's weird.

I'm also a bit of a fatty, so between the fat and the c section, the numbness is hidden underneath a nice roll. Which makes washing it even more important (and weird!).

JohnLapsleyParlabane Sun 05-Feb-17 14:19:54

I had major back surgery 20 years ago and I still have numb patches. Sensation mostly came back over the first 5 years. I had a section in 2015 and have several numb patches still.

KateDaniels2 Sun 05-Feb-17 14:20:55

Its a risk with all surgery. I have a few spots myself. 11 years after.

Libitina Sun 05-Feb-17 14:21:17

My DS is 24 this year and my section scar is still numb a good inch either side of the incision.

blueredyellow Sun 05-Feb-17 14:22:55

Brushing helps, I have totally forgotten the name of the technique, but it's an actual medical (slightly unconventional) thing. You use a soft brush and it brush in a certain direction to encourage blood flow and nerve regeneration.

Will come back in and update at 2am once the correct term has come to me.

SheNumpty Sun 05-Feb-17 14:23:05

I never realised that that would happen, let alone it be permanent. Only had my tonsils removed before having my baby evicted! There's some comfort in knowing it's not just me though, so thank you for replying.

SheNumpty Sun 05-Feb-17 14:24:17

Oh yes please do Blueredyellow, I'd love to see if it makes a difference.

user1477282676 Sun 05-Feb-17 14:26:53

Sadly it's often permanent. Mine's the same 12 years down the line. You do get used to it though.

mumtomaxwell Sun 05-Feb-17 14:27:05

When I had my section 8 yrs ago the midwife warned me the numbness around my scar could be permanent. I've been lucky in that it's not numb but I do have a keloid scar - raised and red rather than flat and white.

BusyBeez99 Sun 05-Feb-17 14:43:42

Yup me too 11 years on

Mari50 Sun 05-Feb-17 14:47:11

Mine is still numb in some areas- 8 years later

Lucked Sun 05-Feb-17 14:51:12

So is it numb above the scar?

SharkBastard Sun 05-Feb-17 14:52:36

Yup still numb 9 years on!

SheNumpty Sun 05-Feb-17 14:52:59

Yes, above the scar, the area measures probably six inches across and five inches down. confused

JaceLancs Sun 05-Feb-17 14:54:43

DD is 25 DS 23 section both times and 10+ years ago I had a full hysterectomy
I have no feeling for about an inch below and nearly 3 inches above the scar
Sadly no matter how much weight I lose or exercise I do I will always have a pouch and barring a lottery win will not be able to afford a tummy tuck

Jojobythesea Sun 05-Feb-17 15:04:15

Mines the same 9 years on. Numb but then can weirdly get itchy kind of under the scar even now!

SpringerS Sun 05-Feb-17 15:46:38

I had this for a very, very long time after DS was born, for at least a couple of years. He's 4 now and it's not numb anymore. I don't remember when it stopped feeling numb as I guess it just went back to normal bit by bit. I still have a bit of a pouch over the scar though. It's mainly on the right where DS was stuck for the last few months of my pregnancy and caused diastisis recti on that side.

SheNumpty Sun 05-Feb-17 16:03:31

So IABU smile at least I know it's normal and not to expect too much from it. Thank you for replying all.

WindwardCircle Sun 05-Feb-17 16:13:23

I'm still slightly numb nine years on, just above the scar. I rarely notice it anymore.

haveacupoftea Sun 05-Feb-17 16:37:09

I have a 5 year old lapatomy scar, similar to a section scar, and I would say the majority of the bottom part of my tummy is numb.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 05-Feb-17 16:38:55

My feeling is back but it took years. I hated it, felt like there was a part of my body that wasn't really there <shudder>

Areyoufree Sun 05-Feb-17 16:44:22

Am curious, was this never mentioned to anyone before or after the c-section? I find it hard to imagine another operation where the patient wouldn't be warned about potential loss of feeling in the area. But birth does seem to be one of those things where no matter how horrific things are, you are just expected to deal with it, because it was your decision to have a baby. Very frustrating.

SheNumpty Sun 05-Feb-17 16:53:29

I don't remember it being mentioned to me verbally. It was probably on the consent form I signed somewhere, I don't remember seeing it specifically though.

Afo Sun 05-Feb-17 16:56:16

Yep completely numb from my bellybutton to my scar after 5 years. Handy for waxing though!

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