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#1 Minnie80

Posted 24 February 2019 - 11:52 PM

Last Thursday, I started feeling pain in my c_section incision, which was odd since it had pretty much healed and I haven't felt any pain for days. The next day I found blood and pus all over my pyjamas oozing from the wound. I went to the doctor, and he said my wound had opened. He drained the pus out, put me on an antibiotic and gave me instructions to change the dressing twice a day. But at night I ended up having a fever, which sucks when you are trying to take care of s newborn! And in the morning my pyjamas were soaked with blood and pus again! The doctor said if it doesn't heal by Saturday, he will have to stitch it up again. Did anyone have this problem and it healed by itself?

#2 Lou-bags

Posted 25 February 2019 - 12:53 AM

Did you go back to the dr after the fever? If not, do so ASAP. Are you feeling any better? Pain and fever still? If so I would go the the ED.

I think you should be seeking further medical advice Minnie, more than what EB can give you. You poor thing, you’re having a really rough time of it right now. Hope you feel better soon.

#3 Minnie80

Posted 25 February 2019 - 01:26 AM

View PostLou-bags, on 25 February 2019 - 12:53 AM, said:

Did you go back to the dr after the fever? If not, do so ASAP. Are you feeling any better? Pain and fever still? If so I would go the the ED.

I think you should be seeking further medical advice Minnie, more than what EB can give you. You poor thing, you’re having a really rough time of it right now. Hope you feel better soon.


I texted him about the fever this morning and he said just to take Panadol to bring it down and continue with the antibiotics and regular cleaning until Saturday. However, he said if the pain increases or it becomes more red and inflamed then I should go back to him immediately.

#4 Minnie80

Posted 25 February 2019 - 01:27 AM

And yes I had a 38.8 fever today. So, it hasn't gone away.

#5 Pocket...

Posted 25 February 2019 - 01:39 AM

I'd go back just to be sure.

I had a small hole. Tiny, with redness and a bit of oozing. I had antibiotics and it healed itself. I can't even remember if was my first or second c section so no long term issues worth the scar. I don't recall too much of a fever though. I think we left it open as that allows the plus to come out. However, I'm pretty sure you should expect antibiotics to start working in the first day or possibly two, so I'd have expected the fever to have come down by now.  It might be that different antibiotics would be more effective?

#6 Lou-bags

Posted 25 February 2019 - 01:49 AM

View PostMinnie80, on 25 February 2019 - 01:27 AM, said:

And yes I had a 38.8 fever today. So, it hasn't gone away.

This is concerning. If the antibiotics are working you should expect to see a reasonably quick reduction in symptoms. I’d go back or get a second option Minnie.

#7 overlytired

Posted 25 February 2019 - 03:33 AM

I agree with Lou-bags re: antibiotics and symptoms.

In your shoes, I'd go to emergency to get it assessed. Worst case, they confirm the GP's recommendation or adjust the medication type or dosage.

#8 Minnie80

Posted 25 February 2019 - 05:19 AM

I called the doctor and he said to go to the hospital tomorrow and he will drain the pus again and maybe stitch it.

#9 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 25 February 2019 - 06:01 AM

Yes but draining and re-stitching isn't fixing the infection.

you need a swab taken to check if the infection is resistant to the antibiotics

#10 cvbn

Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:08 AM

Please chase him up Minnie, you may be resistant to the antibiotics.

I hope you feel better soon.

#11 c.sanders

Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:18 AM

I don't say this lightly. I also think you should go to the hospital emergency. It sounds serious.

In addition could you give the maternity ward a call?  Sounds like you left recently and they can be quite helpful too.

#12 Bono25

Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:22 AM

Agree with the others to either go to ED or ring the maternity ward.  My friend had an infection after her section, she had to had a pump thing put on to drain the pus out for about a week or so.

No way would I be leaving that for a week, that's way too long.

#13 IamtheMumma

Posted 25 February 2019 - 07:53 AM

Go back to the hospital via ED. You need to be admitted for IV antibiotics. Most likely you'll be put on the maternity ward so your baby can stay with you.

#14 Soontobegran

Posted 25 February 2019 - 08:30 AM

View PostMinnie80, on 25 February 2019 - 05:19 AM, said:

I called the doctor and he said to go to the hospital tomorrow and he will drain the pus again and maybe stitch it.

Minnie you do not re stitch draining wounds. No point in draining a wound then closing up without treating the source of the infection.
You probably need an ultrasound to check where the pocket of infection is coming from. It is not just a suture line infection if it is causing you to be febrile.

#15 Mollycoddle

Posted 25 February 2019 - 01:09 PM

I had this with mine, about 2 weeks after the birth.  It was a sizeable single perforation/hole.  Mine healed on its own, though I did see my GP about it.  I attended the wound clinic at the local chemist twice a week for a few weeks to have it dressed.  

I had no signs of infection though so I would second the advice of PPs to attend the hospital ASAP.

Edited by Mollycoddle, 25 February 2019 - 01:32 PM.


#16 Fossy

Posted 25 February 2019 - 01:23 PM

You’ve had an infection for 4/5 days and it’s not responding to antibiotics.  The fever can be a sign of worsening infection or even sepsis. Don’t go back to that GP, they sound very inept! Please go to your ED and get it treated properly.  They need to swab it and drain it properly and mostly likely give you IV antibiotics.  

Hopefully with proper treatment you’ll be feeling better soon.

#17 PrincessPeach

Posted 25 February 2019 - 02:06 PM

Echoing everyone else, you need to head to emergency. My friend ended up back in hospital for 2 weeks after she had a similar experience.

Pack a bag for you & your baby, then present to the hospital.

#18 kerilyntaryn

Posted 25 February 2019 - 04:23 PM

I would be going to the hospital asap

#19 SkeptiHandsOnMum

Posted 27 February 2019 - 07:11 PM

How did you get on?

#20 cvbn

Posted 27 February 2019 - 09:17 PM

How are you Minnie?




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