• Surgery Scars still pain full after 2 years.

    Asked by oldgreycoach on Friday, March 9, 2012

    Surgery Scars still pain full after 2 years.

    I have had 2 cancer related surgeries in the past 24 months. The first was a partial nefrectomy that resulted is a scar that wraps around from my belly to my back. The second one was to repair damage done to my femur when the cancer metastasized into the bone. The leg surgery resulted in 3 scars where they attached a titanium rod with screws.

    The first scar is still extremely painful mostly at night when trying to get comfortable in bed it feels like my side is caving in if i lay on the opposite side and if i lay on the side of the scar it just hurts, this makes sleeping tough.
    I have one of those airbeds but cant seem to dial it in to reduce the pressure on the scar.
    The leg surgical sites are a whole different story as the XXX heads are directly underneath a muscle that runs down the thigh and the muscle gets irritated when I Lay on that side.

    I have mentioned it to all of my Docs and they all tell me there is nothing they can do.

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    • oldgreycoach's Avatar

      I ran out of space on the original question so I will finish it here.

      Has anyone else ran into problems with scars being painful so long after surgery. I have tried taking prescription pain meds but had other side effects that I wasn't to thrilled about.

      Any tips and trick gratefully accepted


      almost 9 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Hi Tom,

      I haven't had that experience, but I'm wondering if a referral to a different type of specialist might help? A dematologist, internist, orthopedist maybe? Just a thought.

      almost 9 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      I continue to have pain from all of the adhesions. I've had 3 major abdominal surgeries relating to my appendix cancer. I'm now almost 2 years out from my most recent surgery, and still get tearing pains in my belly. My last surgery was almost 3 years out from the prior surgery, and I was still getting pains. I was told after my last surgery that the adhesions in my belly were like a giant spider web, linking everything together, and making any motion anywhere pull on everything else. Not much to do about it.

      almost 9 years ago
    • ttisme's Avatar

      A trick a physical therapist taught me years ago for external scarring, take a wash clothe while bathing and massage the area gently, increasing pressure as you can tolerate. Or use dry wash clothe and rub area in circular motions...this is supposed to desensitize the skin, eventually erasing pain.

      It worked on my shoulder and knee...so i tried it on my scars from multiple stomach surgeries...it worked again, but took months.

      Option to oral pain meds...ask your doc for lidoderm patches. Cut the patch to size to cover the scar. Works wonders. None habit forming, lasts up to 12 hours. My surgeon is now prescribing the patch to patients like me that hated oral meds, but needed something to get through rough times.

      almost 9 years ago
    • gdytko's Avatar

      I relate, my constant pain left over from surgery is internal and external. Half of My Esophageaus was removed as well my gall bladder, my stomach, which doesn't function any more, is tucked up in my chest area actually touching my right lung. Very uncomfortable at first, with some pain. The surgery was a year ago. Then it got worse, more pressure and pain when I inhale, and also with nerve damage, which is confusing and more external.

      I have always had a pain management doctor and he just kept on asking if I wanted to increase the dosage. This past month I was able to get a different pain doctor and now I'm in the process of seeing if she has any other ideas to manage the cronic pain. The pain medication is horrible when you are sick to your stomach, I've been down in bed for up to three days on and off, every month, because of the pain meds. Ughh!!!

      I agree with trying other doctors/2nd opinions. I'm just starting with a new pain management doctor now, and hoping for.... Just something better. This effects every moment of our every day life, I can relate and wish you the best. Oh, I sleep in my Lazy Boy Recliner, it helps when you need to reposition your torso and stomach area. It's really hard getting comfortable, that seems to help me to sleep.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Chris' Avatar

      The scars from having my thyroids removed and one kidney still is very sensitive after 1 1/2 years. I have to watch how my clothing rests in those area - no turtlenecks for this girl :)

      almost 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I get that response a lot, or when I tell them about an issue, they say " yeah, that sort of thing will happen, you've been through alot you cant expect to be back to the way you were. It's frustrating. My latest scar still hurts, it's in my neck and has made my neck stiff so I cant turn my head with out it hurting. One surgeon told me the pain is partly from the nerves growing back to where they were, and it would stop hurting when the nerves got to where they wanted to be. Good luck to you, I hope you heal well.

      almost 9 years ago
    • johncat's Avatar

      My name is JohnCat - Visit me at my website: www.PainAndScars.com, Contact me so I can talk with you and refer you to someone that will help you with your Pain...

      over 7 years ago
    • Yeol's Avatar

      My mom also had a lobectomy and it's been almost 2 years but she still kept on complaining that her scar is painful. I am a physical therapist, i really wished I can used TENS with hot packs on the scar but it is contraindicated for people who had cancer so the only thing that I can do is massage it in a circular motion for good blood circulation and I also instructed her to do some slight exercise and stretching.

      almost 5 years ago

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