After my second emergency cesarean, I now have an EXTREME amount of pain. It is a burning sensation, as if a hot sword was being stabbed into my side. It is slightly above the scar line, but only on the far right side.
The pain is always there, but normally at a tolerable burning level. However multiple times a day (maybe 10) the pain becomes intensely acute. This happens if I wake after a few hours, then the pain is severe when I try to move out of bed. It often takes 10 minutes. If I cough or twist in a certain way (ie side lying position to breastfeed) the pain becomes intollerable. Once the pain was so bad I thought I was being ripped open internally and shook violently from fear, thinking I needed to be cut open again to fix the problem. I had to be given extra morphine to get it to stop. The pain normally goes back down to a tolerable level after I change position or walk around for a minute.
Unlike other labor pains, this horrible pain has not lessened over time. My cesarean was Nov 16 (5 days ago). For example, my hemmorhoids, tailbone pain, sore nipples.... all of these things get better, day by day. But this burning, when it comes on strong, never lessens in intensity.
Three midwives, two nurses and a doctor have looked at my scar and said there is no inflamation or internal damage. They can press the area without hurting me. I have been told that nerves were cut, and that nothing can be done to fix it. Somehow the cut nerves send pain signals to my brain. The nerves must grow back together on their own and it will take about two weeks. In the meantime I am on heavy duty drugs (Panodil - its like tylenol, Diclofenackalium, and tramadolhydrochlorid). This is the only way to make the pain tollerable and I can not cut down because then the pain is so severe I tense up and my daughter can not breastfeed. Yes, some small amount of the drugs go over into the milk, but it is that or no breastfeeding at all.
Has anyone experienced this? What is it called? And how long does it last? Will the pain dissipate, or suddenly disapear, or do I have a chance that it will not be resolved without further surgery? Any help is greatly appreciated.