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pain at old c-section scar site - normal?

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#1 Bereckii

Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:18 PM

I've had 3 c-sections. Youngest child is 5yo.

I sometimes get pain at the c-section scar site. It appears to be related to clothing that fits snuggly around that area (fitted, not tight)

The latest problem item has been Target jeggings. I need a belt to hold them up, so clearly they're not *too* tight, but I guess they are still too fitted across that area.

The pain will start within an hour or so of wearing an offending item. It will continue to hurt for a couple of hours after taking it off.

The pain is not so bad I need panadol. But it is uncomfortable.

I absolutely cannot wear shapewear for even an hour though, even just trying it on for a short time is very painful and it takes many days to recover. Panadol needed for that.

I am not really overweight (currently 60kg, pre-baby weight was 55kg)

I guess I just always thought it must be normal and would eventually get better.

Is it normal?

Edited by Bereckii, 20 October 2019 - 09:18 PM.

#2 Ollie83

Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:29 PM

I was the same after gall bladder surgery I couldn’t stand it. So when those familiar pains came back after my cesarean I did some research and discovered adhesions and got my massage therapist to do a lot of myofacsial work on the scar and it’s fixed it!

#3 Bereckii

Posted 21 October 2019 - 02:03 PM


Anyone else have anything like this?

#4 born.a.girl

Posted 21 October 2019 - 02:09 PM

I've only had one, but when I saw your heading assumed you meant twinges.  I don't get anything like that - I'd be getting that checked out with a physio to see if they think it's adhesions or some such. Doesn't sound normal that far out.

#5 Pocket...

Posted 21 October 2019 - 02:27 PM

I agree that adhesions could be worth looking into and that a women's physio can be a good place to start.

#6 Mollycoddle

Posted 21 October 2019 - 02:32 PM

I get it more with the skin, it gets very itchy and I can't scratch it too hard as the skin seems very thin and I'm worried it will actually tear!

#7 Pocket...

Posted 21 October 2019 - 03:03 PM

Thinking about it, it might possibly be nerve related? I used to get tingling / twinges from waistbands or if that area was pushed into, eg, a table, if I lent over it. I'm not sure if it was an OB/gyne or a physio that said it was likely to be when pressure was put on a nerve that was healing after being cut during the c section?

#8 Toddlerandme

Posted 21 October 2019 - 06:49 PM

I’ve only had the one c section, and my DD is almost four. I do still have occasional pain and discomfort around my scar. My scar is raised and lumpy (hypertrophic?) though and tends to be uncomfortable if anything rubs on it, or like Pocket if I lean against a table or simila

No idea if it is ‘normal’ but if it helps you are not the only one.

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