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Lately (last week or so) I've noticed occasional pain down low right around my pubic bone.
I've heard some women experience some tenderness or pain near the internal incision site.
I'm wondering about other experiences.

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Yes, my first birth 5 years ago was a c-. How long ago was yours? Does the pain feel like it is from your incision or from your pelvis? I do remember having pains around the incision area for some time, especially if I was doing too much before I was ready. Rest is what helped most.

Hope you are feling better soon.
 

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I've had this for the past 9 months or so. (My c-section was in 4/2003) I've had ultrasounds and an MRI, seen my regular GP and a GYN...so far there's no explanation for the pain. Next step is a gastro guy. Possible diagnosis has included irritable bowel syndrome, adhesions from the c-section, small hernia.

Some days the pain is terrible and makes it tough to walk. Other days I'm too busy to focus on it.

Wish I could be more encouraging...
 

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My section was 3 yrs ago. The initial discomfort has passed.

Its not an intense pain at all. Just tender and a bit uncomfortable at times. But its definitely a new sensation compared to early pregnancy and before I was pregnant.
 

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I have slight intermittent pain around the internal incision site since getting pg. actually it's an ongoing muscle issue as I ripped it while still in the hospital recovering
: it's not been too painful and I think it's mainly from stretching (and I think I have some adhesions around the area as well) actually I'd say it's more tenderness than pain in my case.

anyway I would guess it's from the stretching but if you are really concerned or it gets worse I'd mention it to your MW/OB.
 

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I had very severe pain from adhesions during my second pregnancy, but mostly that went away after my first trimester. BUT, when I had surgery to remove them, massive amounts of adhesions were found all over the front of my uterus, my bladder, my ureters, and my tubes. I also had pelvic bone pain from my back being out of alignment, which regular visits to my chiropractor really helped tremendously (as well as getting baby into a better position to be born - both of my girls liked to lay sideways/transverse).
 

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I see my chiro this afternoon and I need him to work on a ligament too. Perhaps he can help me with some alignment to prevent the discomfort I'm having.
 

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I had some pain at around 4 months, but now all I have is pain in the bones of the pelvis. Occasionally I'll feel a twinge of pain on one or both sides near the incision site.
I hope your chiro can help you with the discomfort...
 

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I am feeling really lucky. I have absolutely no pain or anything at my incision site or internally. After the 6 weeks or so after the surgery I felt great. I have never felt a twinge in the area at all. Is this unusual, or did I just tolerate the operation well? Maybe I heal quickly too. Other injuries I have had throughout life have healed quickly too. I guess this may be partly due to a good surgeon and good genetics? Hmmm.....
 

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Originally Posted by Mama Coltrane
After the 6 weeks or so after the surgery I felt great. I have never felt a twinge in the area at all. Is this unusual, or did I just tolerate the operation well?
I was like that after my first c-section in '93. But, after my second one in 2003, it wasn't like that at all. I think I actually felt a little better at first with the second section...but I continued to have pain in the incision site for months. I don't think it was the surgeon, either...the one I had the second time is the best around here, and the first guy didn't even manage to get through my abdomen with one cut (there were two distinct incision lines that didn't quite meet up).

However, I was ten years older, and my second was a bigger baby - maybe one of those things was a factor...maybe both? Who knows?
 

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There are some doctors who believe that it is actually the talc they lubricate surgical gloves with that cause adhesions. So it might be a factor of what kind of gloves they were wearing, and how long they had their hands inside your abdominal cavity. Also, some disorders, like endometriosis and other auto immune problems, cause certain people to be more likely to develop adhesions as a result of any type of abdominal surgery or trauma to that area. Since those disorders are progressive, it makes sense that adhesions would also be worse later in life, if you have one of those problems.
 

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Would the pain from adhesions just go away after a few months? I had pain at the incision site for...about six months, I guess. Since then, it's been fine, even with my uterus stretched out with this baby. Everything seems completely normal now.
 

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I had daily pain for 18 months following my c-section. After seeing midwifes (who said I could either have more surgery or try an alternative treatment like acupuncture) and after seeing an OB (who was useless and basically said "sorry, there's nothing we can do for you") I tried the acupuncture.

After 3 treatments I felt a significant difference, and at this point (25 months after the c-section) I have no more daily pain, though some occasional discomfort (which is not pleasant, but much easier to live with).

I definitely attribute much of the change to the acupuncture treatments. The acupuncturist I use specializes in women's health & reproductive issues.

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I had a c/s in October 2003. After the initial pain I really didn't feel anything until September 2004. Then I started having pain on the right side by the incision. It seemed to be worse around ovulation and/or when I was working to hard (i.e., lifting things or bending). It pretty much went away right after I got pregnant in February 2005. I still feel sore there sometimes, but nothing compared to the pain I was having in September. I got a pelvic ultrasound and everything looked okay. Not sure what the cause was. I also had a saroma (not sure on the spelling of that) after my c/s. In other words the wound was open for about two months before it finally healed up. Not sure if there is scar tissue/adhesions on the inside of the uterus, or the outside or both.

I don't have any answers for you, just sympathy.
 

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Are you pregnant now?
I had round ligament pain with pregnancy #2. I could not even stand up straight at times. It was low but to the right of the pelvis.
I've also been told that stretching the scar can be tender and sometimes painful.
 

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Are you pregnant now?
Yes, I am. I've had the discomfort for probably 3-4 weeks on and off. I'm thinking its most likely adhesions. Its not in the same place as my ligament pain.
 

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I got a pelvic ultrasound and everything looked okay.
adhesions usually don't show up on ultrasound, being basically the same density as the surrounding tissue. A really skilled doc might sometimes be able to see signs of adhesions, if they are pulling other organs out of place (like my left ovary was adhered to my bowels and my right ovary was adhered to my appendix after my first lap that was totally botched by a doc not skilled enough to be doing such a delicate procedure, and then everything was stuck to my bladder and ureters when I had my third lap to remove the adhesions from the cesarean)...

My adhesion pain pretty much went away near the end of my first trimester. I was dancing with DD1, and felt something snap, like the biggest rubber band in the world stretched tight and broke inside me. It had my doubled over in pain with tears streaming down my face, but the pain only lasted a split-second (though the soreness stayed with me a few days) then I didn't feel any more of the tell-tale pulling/tugging/ripping/tearing type pain that I always associate with having adhesions. (obviously they were still there, as evidenced by the massive quantities of adhesions found when I had my last lap, when baby #2 was 13 months old)
 

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i had severe pain in my adbomen, esp my incision site for 2.5 years following my c/s, eventually having 2 adhesional lysis surgeries and an adhesional barrier placed internally. my uterus had completly fused w/ my abdominal wall, w/ heavy adheasional band encasing my uterus, bladder, and lower intestines. i also had horrible bleeding when i began cycling again. since the sutrgeries i have felt much better, though i am pregnant now and have noticed that for a few weeks at a time, i will have painful pulling sensatiolns in specific areas, where filmy adhesions are being yanked loose. women w/ african or native american ancestory are more prone to keloids or hypertrophic scarring, which also makes them more prone to adhesions. also most new ob's are not sewing up each layer after c/s and this is causing a higher incendence of adhesional problems. you know sew all that back up might take an additional 15 min's or so, and geee, what doc has that kinda time to protect thier pt's health?!?
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always, always ask your provider if they sew up each layer after a c/s, (in case you end up getting another one) if they don't and give u the ine that "they close on their own w/in 24 hours", specifically request that they close them w/ u, if they won't, pick an new provider!

also i didn't know that i had developed a latex allergy before the c/s (prolly why i ended up having it) and apparently that can also really increase the # of adhesions you end up with. this would hole true for anything used in the surgical arena, someone mentioned the talc, or betadine/iodine, adhesives, etc...

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Originally Posted by stafl
My adhesion pain pretty much went away near the end of my first trimester. I was dancing with DD1, and felt something snap, like the biggest rubber band in the world stretched tight and broke inside me. It had my doubled over in pain with tears streaming down my face, but the pain only lasted a split-second (though the soreness stayed with me a few days) then I didn't feel any more of the tell-tale pulling/tugging/ripping/tearing type pain that I always associate with having adhesions. (obviously they were still there, as evidenced by the massive quantities of adhesions found when I had my last lap, when baby #2 was 13 months old)
stafl~

You really caught my attention.

Have had 2 sections and currently 26 weeks PG.

Have had 2 visits to OB for similiar pain you described. In fact, your words are exactly how I described what's been happening to me.

I have had endo since age 18 (am now 36) and asked about adhesions. Doc said couldn't be, I was feeling ligament pain. But I have had that also, and this different. Never had this with my other 2 pregnancies.

I have same snapping sensation in same spot, altho its moving up as pregnancy progresses.

Baby doesn't favor that "side" at all, as I feel very little movement on my left side. (where sensations are)

Last night I had one so quick and sharp, I cried. It lasts just a few seconds, but is so sudden and quick it takes my breath away and I involuntarily jump.

Should I ask for a second opinion? Different doc? My biggest worry is that this is affecting baby.
 

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Lumpy,
If it's adhesions, there's nothing they can do about it until after the baby is born. It won't affect the baby or your birth unless you let it make you afraid (pain can very much hinder women from giving birth vaginally and/or naturally). Those of us with endo are much more likely to form adhesions. Your doc is apparently quite clueless. What I'd suggest you do is search out a specialist after the baby is born. In the meantime, maybe you could find someone who knows how to do some gentle massage or show you some stretches to loosen the scar tissue. I had my most recent lap when baby was 13 months old, and in the video you can't even see my uterus or bladder until after my surgeon started cutting through the adhesions, there were so many in there! It didn't prevent me from having my ideal vbac! Find a doc who is highly skilled with removing endo and adhesions, not just any doc will do a good enough job of it.
www.adhesions.org
www.womenssurgerygroup.com
www.endometriosisassn.org
 
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