Should I still be having daily intense involuntary abdominal contractions at 7+mos po for tt w/ muscle repair?

A few weeks po from tt w/ mr, I began getting brutally painful ab contractions overnight upon changing position while sleeping, or early morning as my mind/body began to wake and my legs moved. My abs contract so hard I've actually hurt my spine from my hips/butt lifting off the bed! It's like being hooked to an e-stim machine on HIGH! I was very fit pre-surg yet still can't plank now w/o significant pain. My ps says nothing surgical needed he's at a loss to explain. All day I'm fine. Just sore.

Doctor Answers 2

Muscle Spasms after Tummy Tuck

Dear RPMsMom, Thank you for your question! I agree, I cannot be certain why this is occurring. If patients have muscle spasms after abdominoplasties we typically recommend a muscle relaxant or benzodiazepine such as Valium. 5 mg before bed may be enough to minimize your discomfort and help you to sleep through the night. Good luck!


Brookline Plastic Surgeon
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Problems after Tummy Tuck

It sounds like the nerve to the abdominal muscles is irritated for some reason.I'm not sure why this is happening either, but a muscle relaxant before bed may be helpful to try.  Most likely as the healing progresses the symptoms will go away.

Deborah Ekstrom, MD
Worcester Plastic Surgeon
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