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06/04/2013 at 09:11
06/04/2013 at 09:12
Sorry, just going to type now, that's the only way I can start a post from my phone.
06/04/2013 at 09:24
It looks as though my stitches haven't healed quite as they should :( I can only describe it as a zip that is closed one end and slightly unzipped the other (towards the inside). My useless mw checked them yesterday as I said I was still very sore and she said "ooh I can see why, you're going to need to keep a very close eye on them. Have knicker off time as much as possible and wash them in a bath or shower at least twice a day. Call out of hours Dr if you develop a temperature". I'm so worried, I think its healing but obviously its taken the hard route rather than heal as it should. Has anyone else has this or similar? Will it be ok? Am I going to look and feel all bumpy down there as its healing so far apart from where the stitches were (the stitches are on one side of the wound). I'm so worried and I just want to be able to sit and walk again, its making everything so hard I just want to cry. Thanks NL x
06/04/2013 at 09:26
Oh NL - I have no advice, but just wanted to send you a big hug xx maybe go and see your GP if you are worried. I am sure some ladies will be along soon with some proper advice.
06/04/2013 at 09:36
NL go to the doctors if you can. I never looked at mine but I got an infection and the wound stopped healing. Does it feel like its dragging / pulling down? Mine did and that was the sign of infection. My mw was rubbish and left me at first.
You may not have infection and may just be taking longer to heal (how many days post birth are you?) and I don't know what it feel like when not infected iyswim but my infection was left too long so I became really ill. If it is infected antibiotics should clear it up quick but if you can I would see out of hours set ASAP.
I don't want up scare you buy I really don't want anyone to have my experience.
Having it checked by dr should put your mind at rest
06/04/2013 at 09:39
Also I recommend sleeping on a towel (if still bleeding) with no knickers to help heal and baths with lavender in morning and night.
It should become a lot less painful then - mines only just healing but hasn't really been sore even when an open wound since a few days after birth (unless I was sat on something in cushioned or had done too much(
And don't lift things
06/04/2013 at 09:43
I think seeing the GP would be a good idea, you really want to get any possible problem sorted ASAP. I'm sure it will all be fine though lovely, big hugs to you and try not to worry (because that is so easy!) x
06/04/2013 at 10:15
I'd see the GP, mine healed normally so I've no experience. But they may prescribe antibiotics if its looking likely for infection and also give you advice.
Lots of showers to clean the area directly and lots of pad changes x
06/04/2013 at 10:41
See the GP please don't wait. I have a few friends who had months of pain/discomfort and then went on to have an operation to sort it out. It's best to be checked properly now xx
06/04/2013 at 11:09
Baths with lavender oil helped me and I did feel a lot more comfortable after them, but ultimately, mine didn't heal as it should and It sometimes still hurts and pulls. I can't have sex in certain positions (TMI, sorry) but that's all because I gritted my teeth and never went to the doctors about it. I'd *really* recommend that you do.
I'm really concerned about how my second labour will affect it, if I have the same with this one, then I'll go to the drs a lot sooner.
06/04/2013 at 12:42
I've had two epis and both healed fine eventually. The 1st much more quickly that the 2nd which took a bit longer for the wound to knit together, which sounds a bit like yours. However, after about a week it was much better, but to be honest it took well over 2 months to feel anywhere near normal and a good 4 months for sex to be bearable. I'd get the GP to check it out in case of infection though. I was aware of the wound site with my 1st for quite some time and as BW sex in certain positions was uncomfortable as it could 'rub' the scar. It's fine now though and I've not had the same problem from my 2nd one and my 1st wasn't affected by my 2nd labour either.
06/04/2013 at 18:41
Thanks so much ladies, I've spent the day in a&e and they are indeed infected :-( They seem shocked my mw didn't get something done yesterday as I shouldn't have had to be in a&e with this when still under mw care especially with a newborn baby in tow. A was just wonderful though and I managed to bf him the whilst we were there and his bum was on fire with the dirty nappies! :S Little trooper!
I'm now on antibiotics 3x a day and have to book in at triage next week to see if I need any more stitches. It is annoying but at.least I have something now. Just had a bath, I swoosh the water as I don't have a removable shower head...will that be ok? Have sent H for lavender oil and bed pads so I can keep it uncovered. If I wasn't bleeding so much it wouldn't be as bad but I can't even walk to bathroom without dripping blood :-( sorry.
I've also decided I'm making a complaint about my midwife, this is one in a long line of f**k ups on her part. The after care I've received has been appalling :-(
Thanks so much again for sharing your experiences xxx
06/04/2013 at 19:08
Oh bless you lovely, you poor thing xxx glad you've had it checked now and i think you should make a complaint about your midwife - this shouldn't have happened
Not sure if someone's said this already, but my midwife said to pour an egg-cup's worth of full-fat milk and put the drops of lavender oil in there, and then pour in the bath as the oil will mix into the bath water better that way rather than it sitting on the surface.
06/04/2013 at 19:48
Thanks for the tip Nenas x
06/04/2013 at 20:16
Oh NL you poor thing. Glad you got it checked out, hopefully you'll be well on the way to recovery in a couple of days xx
06/04/2013 at 20:20
Glad u got it checked out, hope it gets better quickly x
06/04/2013 at 21:10
So glad you got it checked out. I had exactly the same thing but it wasn't picked up for a few days and resulted in a lot of antibiotics. But, if it helps although I needed 3 lots of antibiotics and felt it would never end I am much better now and it feels a distant nightmare.
I'm not sure how going to the loo properly is for you but my doctor prescribed latoluse (sp) to soften my stools as it prevents straining which can aggrevate the stitches. Might be worth getting some even if you don't feel you need it as it does help. Ibeuprofen to reduce swellings and help with pain.
I'm so sorry your going through this but it does get better, it just takes a good while.
Put your feet up and don't lift / do housework / stand for too long.
And def complain re midwife, it's atrocious
06/04/2013 at 21:28
Gosh! So glad you went to A&E and are getting it sorted. x
07/04/2013 at 05:42
Glad you got seen and hope that the ABs kick in super quickly for you. You should definitely complain our about your midwife - she has been shocking x
07/04/2013 at 07:01
Glad that you got it looked at and hope that you heal quickly. I think you are doing the right thing complaining about mw, terrible you had to go to a&e when she should have helped x
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