47 Years Old, 5'3" 139 Lbs., The Road Leading Up to my Tummy Tuck - Winnipeg, MB

My road to needing a TT all began when my husband...

My road to needing a TT all began when my husband and I got pregnant in 2014 ...surprise baby number 3. Fourteen years after the second child. It wasn't a pregnancy, it was a trauma to my body. I've had two babies before this, so I know what it's like to be pregnant and this was nothing like the first two. I do believe the main reason for this was because I developed a fibroid right from the very beginning of my pregnancy. I knew right away something was wrong. I was only 4 weeks and I looked like 4 months. Plus this lump in my stomach was quite hard, sore and didn't move. This fibroid, which is I guess technically a benign tumor, grew to 17x15x13 cm. It was on the left side of the outside of my uterus. It caused me extreme amounts of constant pain that I don't want to go into. I'll just say that there were days I literally couldn't move one foot in front of the other more than an inch at a time. Because of this thing (fibroid) growing in my stomach, it is what stretched my skin to the point of it not returning back to normal.

On November 10, 2014 we went in for an ultrasound, and ended up having a cesarean 12 hours later. Then one hour after she was born they came and told me I didn't need a C-section after all as her head was down. Four months later I was back in the hospital for a hysterectomy (March 2015) as my uterus was not contracting back and I was bleeding to the point that it seemed like I was hemorrhaging.

So just over a year past and next came my TT. I had my TT surgery on June 9, 2016. For the first 12 days I was in excruciating, unbearable pain but only because my lateral femoral cutaneous nerve was being compressed by something. Every time I would go to get up, sit down, walk or move my leg in any way, my right top thigh, towards the outer side of my leg felt like someone was putting out a dozen cigarettes in my leg, and I'm not exaggerating even a little bit here. It was brutal. I felt like I was being tortured. I believe it was the drainage tube that was pressing on the nerve because once they were removed on June 20, 2016 the pain was gone. I now have nerve damage in my leg, but it's not a big deal. It just feels a bit numb and sore all the time, but nothing I can't live with. The only time I'm reminded of it is if I press hard on my thigh or bump my leg into something, then I will feel the soreness.

12 WEEKS POST OP

I am now at the beginning of my 12th week and I have this deep burning feeling on the right side of my belly button, about an inch and a half out and about 2 inches down ...basically in that general area. It's been like this since around the top of my 5th week. Over the last 2-3 weeks now, it's been much worse and seems to be getting worse with each day. I'm thinking that it's been worse because I've been sick, sneezing and coughing for the last week. I will say that any time I sneeze, cough, blow my nose, clear my throat, lean forward (like when I'm changing my baby's diaper), suck my stomach in or breathe deeply, what I experience is like a searing feeling ripping through me. However there are many times throughout the day that I could be doing nothing at all, just sitting quietly at my computer not moving, coughing etc. and it will happen. It will out of nowhere, just start to burn. Sometimes the burning persists and becomes so intense that I'm forced to lay down. It doesn't feel normal. My gut is telling me something is not right. Let me also mention that this feeling is not the same feeling I had early on in the beginning when I first had my TT. Then when I had sneezed, coughed etc. it hurt like hell but it was a very different feeling then what this right now feels like. I've already told my PS about this on August 4, 2016 when I saw him for my 2 month PO appointment but he didn't say much regarding that. Mind you at that time it wasn't near as bad as it is now. This chronic intense deep burning feeling is not some I can live with.

If anyone can shed some light on this, please let me

know.

Nothings changed

When I woke this morning the burning was still there and I hadn't even moved. All day I tried not cough and I avoided blowing my nose. This burning is so intense, I had to take some pain killers. I also put my binder back on. I'm going to call my PS tomorrow and take the soonest available appointment.

Still if anyone has experienced this deep intense burning in their stomach without doing anything to bring it on to cause it, please tell me what you know about it.

Thanks!

One more thing...

I forgot to mention too, I keep feeling this popping in my stomach directly under my belly button down to the top of my incision ...so basically in that whole area. I'm wondering if that's normal?
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