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Does wind/gas pain only occur if c-section was under general anaesthetic?

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comeongeorge Sat 22-Jun-19 17:49:00

Just trying to find out what to expect following immediate csection recovery.

Seems to be inferred from American websites that severe pain from trapped wind generally only follows if your caesarean was under GA.
Can anyone clarify?
I had a laparoscopy under GA and the pain from trapped wind which followed and was felt in my shoulder was pretty alarming and a surprise.

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sm40 Sat 22-Jun-19 17:51:27

Both my c sections were not under ga. The trapped wind was worse than the labour pains!! I had morphine and just let rip. A lot. Really bad the next day.
Better the day after!

UnalliterativeGeorge Sat 22-Jun-19 17:53:58

I have had one under GA and one not and didn't have trapped wind either time.

comeongeorge Sat 22-Jun-19 17:54:00

What did you do or where given to help
let rip?
Or do you just have to wait it out?

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comeongeorge Sat 22-Jun-19 17:55:04

Thanks George. Good to know it’s not necessarily inevitable.

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HarryHenderson Sat 22-Jun-19 17:57:15

I've had two without GA and didn't have a problem with gas either time.
I did read that peppermint tea was supposed to help with it 🤷‍♀️

Mummyme87 Sat 22-Jun-19 17:59:10

I had trapped wind with my emergency CS under epidural. Was horrific

Fatted Sat 22-Jun-19 17:59:14

I had two c-sections and never had problems with trapped gas/wind either time.

Going to the toilet for the first time was a bit scary though!!

Mummyme87 Sat 22-Jun-19 17:59:28

Peppermint tea is good but can reduce milk supply

Fatted Sat 22-Jun-19 17:59:34

Mine were both with a spinal by the way

Celebelly Sat 22-Jun-19 18:04:42

I had crazy trapped wind after my EMCS. It wasn't painful but felt like I needed to fart the biggest fart our civilisation has ever known. I eventually did and the relief was wonderful!

DuggeesWoggle Sat 22-Jun-19 18:05:54

I had an emcs, local anaesthetic. No one had explained about trapped wind. I think it was the next day, I had an excruciating pain that went right into my shoulder, thought I was having a heart attack or something, I could hardly breathe. Pressed the buzzer, midwife gave me a tiny shot glass of a clear peppermint tasting liquid. I was sceptical that it would do anything but the pain went instantly.

I don't recall any excessive farting or burping but then I can be a bit windy though...

I did lose 2 stone in a fortnight post birth though, thanks to constant sweating, peeing and feeding so must have had a lot of retained water to get rid of too. They don't tell you about that either. They don't tell you much really....

Reallybadidea Sat 22-Jun-19 18:10:42

It's got nothing to do with the kind of anaesthetic you have. Your bowel normally constricts and relaxes to move the digested food along. Abdominal surgery can cause theae movements to slow down or stop temporarily, so that you can get a bit constipated or have trapped wind. It can be worse for some women more than others. There's some evidence that eating as soon as possible and chewing gum following surgery (absolutely not when you're nil by mouth beforehand!) can help reduce it.

YouJustDoYou Sat 22-Jun-19 18:12:47

Never heard that. Didn't happen with me.

Her0utdoors Sat 22-Jun-19 20:19:47

I think pain is generally higher after csection under ga because there isn't the benefit of the spinal block slowly wearing off. I've had 2 emcs with spinal block and didn't have any pain from trapped wind. Or feel any after pains for that matter.

HavelockVetinari Sat 22-Jun-19 20:25:05

I had dreadful wind after my EMCS under GA - the relief upon issuing the mother of all Donalds was AMAZING! grin I was still in the hospital ward, and did not give a single fuck smile

Hmmmbop Sat 22-Jun-19 22:04:33

Elective section with spinal block. Awful shoulder pain from trapped wind. Peppermint tea worked wonders.

thismeansnothing Sat 22-Jun-19 22:13:32

My first section was under a GA - no trapped wind
Second was just an epidural/spinal (I don't know the difference) - baaaaad trapped wind. Was knecking the peppermint tea like no tomorrow

xJune88 Sat 22-Jun-19 22:14:55

I had EMCS under epidural (failed) then spinal had no problems with trapped wind x

itsgoingtoofast Sat 22-Jun-19 22:17:44

I took some colpermin peppermint capsules in with me for my second section. They definitely helped

Stroller15 Sat 22-Jun-19 22:18:27

EMCS with spinal, no wind. ELCS with spinal and the worst pain ever in my shoulder. Also thought I was having a heart attack. Midwives had some peppermint tablets (?) It might have been mints, I was pretty out of it grin but whatever it was, it worked.

Dinosauratemydaffodils Sun 23-Jun-19 21:35:42

I've had 2 emergencies one with a topped up epidural and one with a spinal, no trapped wind with either. I got up and started moving as soon as I could feel my legs which apparently helps.

KTCluck Sun 23-Jun-19 21:44:37

I had emcs with spinal. A bit of niggling shoulder pain at first but nothing unbearable. I didn’t feel as if I particularly had trapped wind, however for at least a week afterwards I did the loudest, longest and weirdest sounding farts blush. They weren’t uncontrollable, didn’t really smell and thankfully DH thought they were rather hilarious. It’s very glamorous this giving birth lark.

As an aside, I know it’s different for everyone, but I really didn’t find the recovery from the section bad. Occasional pain, but mostly only what I would class as discomfort, and I was a bit slow for a few weeks. Would have no worries about having to do it again.

OoohSmooch Sun 23-Jun-19 21:48:29

I had a local and the pain was awful, reduced me to tears sometimes. Peppermint Tea and windeze were my friend. Took a few months to go away, was always in my stomach area. Annoyingly I forgot I had this until I read this thread and was half thinking about a second baby (would go elective c section).

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