I am 17 daysvpo i have been doing amazing. Up until today i have a tightening crampy feeling in the middle of my abs. I cant even sit up because it feels like im about to catch a cramp or like my muscle want to get stiff. I have not felt this.
17 Day Po from TT- Normal to Have Tightening and Numbness by Abs
Doctor Answers 6
17 days PO from TT - normal to have tightening and numbness by abs?
The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Numbness and Swelling post tummy tuck
Pablo Prichard, MD
Cramps and muscle tightness two and a half weeks post tummy tuck
It is nice to hear that your recuperation has been more pleasant and comfortable than expected. Intermittent muscle spasms and tightness occurring weeks or, at times, even months later are fairly common following a tummy tuck. You will also find some temporary increased stiffness and discomfort often once you start engaging in more vigorous activities.
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After having a tummy tuck you can expect to feel tightness for several weeks and maybe even a couple months. In fact, the first few days you will be so tight you may not be able to stand up straight. Hopefully, "tightening" the abs was one of the goals of the abdominoplasty in the first place. The after the first two weeks, talk to your surgeon on what stretching exercises you are allowed to do to help relieve the crampiness.
It's also normal for the lower abdomen to feel numb. During surgery, some of the smaller nerves supplying sensation are divided when releasing the skin or are stretched from swelling afterwards. These take longer to recover and numbness can last from three to six months. It is almost never permanent and feeling will gradually return.
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Thank you for the question.
It is always best for patients to follow up with their own plastic surgeon when they experience a new development after surgery.
Generally speaking, the type “crampy” feeling you're experiencing is quite common and may be related to an increased activity level along with weaning off of medications. Make sure you are not too active too soon and you don't wean off medications too soon.
Again, you will be reassured even better by seeing your own surgeon.
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