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C-section Scar still not healed, OB doesn't know what to do. Still have open incision with "blood pockets"

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I had NO major pregnancy complications other than tachycardia my first trimester and I had initially intended to have a natural birth (although, b/c I have an autoimmune condition, I was in a hospial). After my son was 11 days overdue, I finally went into labor (contraction every 4 minutes almost the entire time). After 13 hours of labor, I was still only 1.5 cm dialated. They told me that b/c if I wasn't at 10cm by the time I hit the 24 hour mark, they would do a c-section (b/c my water had been broken too long). So, The gave me the pitocin. Over the next few hours my blood pressure kept crashing (80/50-ish) and they had to keep shooting me up with some drug to raise it back up (b/c I kept passing out). THen, 10 hours of Pit later, I was only at 4.5cm. This combined with the drops in my BP made them say I had to have a c/s. I was then given an epidural to numb me for surgery. I had a gorgeous DS. However, I was unable to hold him as I went into full body shakes for over 1 Hour. I could not lie in a bed, couch or anything under 45 deg for 1 full month. I could not get up to a standing position for without assistance for almost 3 weeks. It was then discovered I had a post-op infection. Gave me antibiotics and I got much better after about 2 weeks on them.
At 4 months out I went back b/c my incision was still open and still bleeding. I have gotten 6 shots into the cincision since then and it did help it close a little. However, it's been just over 6 months now, and I still have an open incision with blood pockets. My OB says she doesn't know anything else to do.

Has anyone had this???? I'm trying to forgive myself, but I have so much guilt over not having a natural birth, about not getting to breastfeed (I did pump for 5 weeks, but was only able to get a 1/2oz out at a time, so he was on formula from day two). But more than guilt, I'm angry b/c there is NO way that an MD should just shrug and basically say learn to live with an unhealed incision. This also really makes me doubt being able to realistically have another child b/c of all the complications.

Can anyone here, give me direction on what to do here?
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I am so sorry mama. I have no words of wisdom for you (other that find a new doctor - possibly a plastic surgeon who would have more expertise in wound healing), but couldn't read and not respond. I hope you find peace and healing.

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I would see a different doc, ASAP. Like, go to the ER if you have to.

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I've scheduled an appt twice with another doc, and then end up cancelling it b/c I just don't have faith at this point they can help......stupid, I know.

DO you think this will affect my being able to have another baby?
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I'm so sorry for all you've been through. That sounds horrible. could the delayed healing have anything to do with your autoimmune disease?
I would try to find a wound doctor. My FIL saw one whrn his skin didn't heal after surgery. I hope you're better soon.

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Here is a thread from another forum about delayed healing following a hysterectomy (different procedure, but same part of the body)

http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sho...d.php?t=309317

No I doubt it will affect your uterus anymore than a normal c section. Your skin isn't healing properly, not your uterus.

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Absolutely see a new doctor. If your current doctor doesn't know what to do, she should be referring you to a specialist. Do you have a primary care doctor other than your OB who can give you a referral? Somebody needs to be actively treating it, 6 months is way too long.

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I've scheduled an appt twice with another doc, and then end up cancelling it b/c I just don't have faith at this point they can help......stupid, I know.

You're not stupid. Your doctor is incompetent. Of course you don't want to see another OBGYN. I suggest either a plastic surgeon, or a wound specialist. A plastic surgeon will probably be able to at least point you in the right direction. You must, must, must get this taken care of. It's very dangerous to walk around with an open wound like that. I can't believe your doctor isn't doing something more for you.

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Seems to me that your auto-immune disorder, and/or any meds you take to control it, could well be a factor in your poor wound healing. I don't know--but I do wonder if this has been investigated at all by your OB?

And I don't find it stupid at all that you don't want to see another OB! Nor even a 'specialist'...it could well be that for whatever reason you are being so very slow to heal, that western medicine just isn't working for you. It doesn't work for everything! Perhaps your frustration and distrust is well-placed, whether or not you consciously realize it--a signal from your intuition perhaps?

So, whether or not you choose to see another MD/OB type, I strongly recommend that you look into other kinds of health practitioners. Chinese medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic...seeing any of these could well set you on the road to healing. Not only because of having healing methods that may work better for you than what western med offers, but because through this type of practitioner you can also get info on your particular 'constitutional type', and how best to feed and otherwise serve yourself toward increasing health.
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