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Unread 12-03-2003, 11:29 PM
numby tummy

I'm almost 3 weeks post-op and my lower belly still has that disturbing pins-and-needles feeling to it. Last week I lightly bumped my belly into a shopping cart and it hurt bad, like when you hit your foot after it's fallen asleep.

What exactly causes the numbness - is it nerve damage from the surgery or is it lingering anesthetic...or something else? When does it go away, and when it goes away, are you left with increased pain? Is it just a TAH thing or do TVH ladies get it too?

Knowledge is power - thank you as always.
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Unread 12-03-2003, 11:40 PM
numby tummy

I cant say for a TAH or Cesarean as to what happens with that numbness but when I had my gallbladder out it was that same sensation you describe. With that surgery they had to cut through muscle so 19 years later, my tummy on the right side is still numb. If I am pinched or bump something on that side of my tummy I get that pins and needles feeling but its not nearly as bad as it was in the beginning.

We call it numb.. and to an extent it is, but that numbness sensation can be painful in itself.

I can only guess that the sensation you feel will subside at some point. At least subside to where you dont notice it anymore.
Unread 12-03-2003, 11:51 PM

The numbness is from nerve endings being cut during surgery. I want to use the term damage, but They haven't really been damaged, just cut and re-attached. Generally the numb area will be smaller than it is now when you are fully healed, but you will have a small numb area. There are so many nerves in that area that it is imposible to re-attach them all. The doctors just make sure the important one are not touched, like the ones that go to your legs etc! The pins and needles feeling should go away and you will be left with a spot that when you run you fingers across your tummy you just cant feel that two inch area(or more or less).

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Unread 12-03-2003, 11:58 PM
numby tummy

Thanks for the fast feedback! I love knowing that you guys are awake too

Crystal, how long was it before the numb feeling was mostly gone for you?
Unread 12-04-2003, 12:01 AM
numb bum

I've had two c sections and a hysto- it will never go away, like a bad boyfriend! Well the pins and needle feeling took about 4 weeks I think but I have about a 2 by 3 inch numb spot, but that a lot better than the pain I had before!
Unread 12-04-2003, 12:13 AM
numby tummy

Yes, I'd rather have numb than pain anyday!

I had a c-section and then an ovarian cystectomy about 15 years ago, using the same incision, and I can't remember if I had the numbness back then or not. Thinking back, those surgeries seemed like a breeze compared to this.

Hey - if the numbess stays, maybe I'll have the guts to get my navel pierced Won't that look charming with my swelly belly???

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