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did anyone have burning pain on abdominal skin after c section?

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strangerjo Thu 24-Mar-16 12:26:28

I've already posted my c section pains woes but have got no further with answers from health visitor, gp and hospital. I'm 3.5 weeks post c section and have superficial pain on my skin above the incision and on my abdomen. It feels like burning pain when clothes touch my skin. Painkillers aren't helping. Has anyone had this? If so what was the cause and how long did it take to go? Only positive stories please- I'm feeling miserable as it is! Cheers

glueandstick Fri 25-Mar-16 00:56:05

Yes. Apparently it is the nerves that weren't quite severed being little shits and firing off all over the place.

It's bloody agony isn't it?

I'm at the same stage as you but it alternates from pain to just numb. I'm sorry I can't be more positive for you. I've had so many things happen afterwards that the pain/numbness is the least of my problems sadly. All in all an awful experience.

HarlotBronte Fri 25-Mar-16 09:51:49

I did, particularly in an area not on the incision but some way above it on the right side. It was sporadic and not related to whether anything was touching the skin or not. Went away after a few weeks. Months later, I found out it was where my intestines are, and they move them out of the way for a section. So presumably the after effects of that. 24 days is still very soon afterwards for major abdominal surgery. I'd expect to see significant improvement within the next few weeks as things settle down. Nerves can be very funny little buggers.

strangerjo Fri 25-Mar-16 12:21:08

Thank you. I don't think it's intestine related but something to do with the cut nerves?
Any idea if and whether it will go?

HarlotBronte Fri 25-Mar-16 13:04:24

The nerve pain I had aside from the intestine stuff was gone after a few weeks. Baby is not long past one now and I certainly don't feel anything now and haven't for some time. Still some numbness but not pain, I think most people find the numbness lasts much longer. But we're all different. If you don't see any improvement I'd mention it at your six week check.

thumb3lina Fri 25-Mar-16 14:36:30

I have this, I mentioned it at my 6 week check and its to do with nerves being cut. I'm 14 weeks post c-section now and its not any better, sorry sad It might be better for other people though, hopefully it won't last too long.

I wear knickers which go above the scar and wear dresses (with tights pulled up to my bra grin) or leggings or jogging bottoms at home as everything else rubs it. When its really bad I put a sanitary towel over the scar to protect it from rubbing.

strangerjo Fri 25-Mar-16 15:15:49

Oh man, I was hoping for positive stories.

strangerjo Fri 25-Mar-16 15:16:30

If it's to do with cut nerves, why don't all c section mums experience this pain?

Laquila Fri 25-Mar-16 15:20:04

Presumably because people heal at different speeds and experience pain in different ways. I had alternating burning pain and numbness for a good couple of months with my first EMCS, but have found recovery much quicker second time round (planned section.)

HarlotBronte Fri 25-Mar-16 15:49:14

I thought mine was quite positive! The numbness is no problem at all, it's really not. I experience no issues at all from still being a bit numb 13 months post section. And people are so different, and not all sections are the same. Nerves aren't uniform amongst human beings, neither are pain tolerances. It's such early days yet. But it's hard, it really is, to recover from any kind of difficult birth or complication when you have a baby to worry about too. It's the toughest thing I've ever done.

strangerjo Fri 25-Mar-16 17:57:24

HarlotBronte - yes yours was, thank you! It is so so difficult recovering and looking after a newborn - I was looking for hope! X

Sootica Fri 25-Mar-16 18:04:33

Yes I did was horrible but know many people who didn't and were driving and v active at 3.5 weeks. I would find mine burned if I overdid it. Would suggest resting up and cocodamol Everyone is different, also there are different ways to be cut and you can be cut wider if the baby is deeply engaged

glueandstick Fri 25-Mar-16 23:09:05

The numbness is really quite upsetting as it extends up the crease of my leg and into my hip area. I feel so alien.

Three weeks post section now and I'm planning to drive in the week. My back is in spasm most of the time which is quite painful but I seem to have blocked it out a lot.

It's just the numbness I can't deal with.

FuzzyOwl Fri 25-Mar-16 23:10:38

It is to do with nerves but mine has completely gone now (9.5 months later) although the area still feels horribly numb when I touch it, but no pain at all.

strangerjo Sat 26-Mar-16 09:35:13

Fuzzyowl- was it burning pain you experienced and how long did it take to go? I could tolerate numbness better than this pain.

strangerjo Sat 26-Mar-16 09:36:27

Sootica - did yours go?

Sootica Sat 26-Mar-16 17:46:08

Yes stranger it took around 6-8 weeks both times. 3.5 weeks is v early days I think flowers

strangerjo Sat 26-Mar-16 18:31:37

Sootica - thank you! Was your incision pain or more like mine with burning on the skin on the abdomen above the incision?did you get any butterfly sensations? Sorry for all the questions - c section pain plus anxiety and newborn is quite miserable.

Sootica Sat 26-Mar-16 20:30:48

It definitely felt like burning around my scar not directly on the scar, just generally in that region. I'm sorry I can't remember the butterfly thing but that might be womb contracting down to size. Hope you are feeling a little better today - can you ask for stronger painkillers? When I was post section I had codeine but I have heard they have stopped prescribing this for post natal as a matter of course

glueandstick Sat 26-Mar-16 21:44:49

I found the painkillers didn't touch nerve pain. But do try 2 paracetamol and 2 ibuprofen together.

Is anyone having ahem.... Bowel issues? I find myself not knowing I need the loo until it is really uncomfortable and an immediate issue. Literally have no inclination at all.

mrsnoon Sat 26-Mar-16 21:49:29

Nerve pain, reduced me to tears on a few occasions and hurt more than any pains associated with the actual op. Happened a few times over the first couple of months but got less intense as time passed.

strangerjo Sat 26-Mar-16 22:21:46

Sootica - thank you again. Codeine doesn't seem to help the nerve pain I have. Hopefully it goes soon x

mineofuselessinformation Sat 26-Mar-16 22:28:16

I've never had a c-section, but had a nasty cut in the palm of my hand. I had a horrible sensation like being stung by nettles, and was told it was the nerves rejoining, and to massage it at least twice a day (doesn't matter what with, if anything at all ).
It was horrible while the nerves were still healing, but they did.

strangerjo Sun 27-Mar-16 22:55:55

Mineofuselessinformation - thank you, that's interesting to know...out of interest how long did that take to go. I imagine it was awful what with how much we use our hands.

cyinmin Sat 14-May-16 16:49:35

Hi all - I just wanted to share my experience, I had the same burning sensation post c-sect. My doctor suggested I take neurobion which is essentially vitamin Bs to help with the healing of the nerves. I started seeing (or rather 'feeling') the difference only after 2 weeks or so, the burning sensation reduced tremendously one morning. My only regret is not asking my doc about this earlier and that I had to put up with that weird pain for weeks. I'm now 9wks post natal and I no longer feel that burning feeling anymore and I can wear my bottoms with regular waistband. Only the occasional numbness on certain spots but that's ok by me.

I bought the vitamin OTC where I lived and was advised by the pharmacist that it is safe to take up to 3x daily which I did for the first 1 month, and the excess will simply be excreted from our body. I plan to reduce to 1x daily pretty soon as I'm also taking in food rich in Bs.

Perhaps you can also check with your doctor if they recommend the same?

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