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Old 04-02-2007, 08:01 PM   #1
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scar pulling with minor pain

Hi
Had my surgery last Oct. and my incision feel like it is pulling, or tugging and have daily minor pain. Is this typical? I have been using scar therapy gel at night and ams and I do massaage to break upscar tissue.

 
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:50 PM   #2
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Re: scar pulling with minor pain

Hello there,
What do the precautions on the label say on that cream?

If it were me I would stop the cream see if the symptoms settle down. I would also stop that massage for a few days and see how it feels, you could be irritating the tissues. It could also be your nerves healing/waking up around the incision.

 
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:58 PM   #3
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Re: scar pulling with minor pain

Hello all you Neckers,
I don't have any pulling. I do however have a fairly large area of numbness. I have done little to the scar area, mainly because I can't see it. My Neuro suggested I change to an electric razor. He didn't want me to cut thru the thin skin.
I had mine done Oct. 16 so its moving right along! I think I would layoff the massage, and the lotion for awhile.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:56 AM   #4
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Re: scar pulling with minor pain

Just out of curiosity - how big is the scar after you have the surgery?

 
Old 04-04-2007, 11:44 AM   #5
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Re: scar pulling with minor pain

My scar is 2 inches. I had a C5-C7 ACDF. The surgeon cut exactly on the neck fold, so its not too bad. I can tell it will fade and be pretty minimal after awhile.
As far as pulling goes...my scar feel kind of tight, but there is no pain involved. I am 12 weeks post op today.

 
Old 04-05-2007, 08:50 PM   #6
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Re: scar pulling with minor pain

Hello,

My scar is about 2 inches. I had C4/5-5/6 ACDF on Dec 4th 2006. I do have some pulling and tightness along with some stinging from time to time. Also, under my scar is still really hard. My PT told me during the day to lightly massage the scar because over time scar tissue will build up. So I do that everyday and also use vitamin e oil. Do you have problems swallowing foods still? I had a slight problem with meats and stringy foods.

Nicki

 
Old 04-06-2007, 08:10 PM   #7
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Re: scar pulling with minor pain

My scar is just over 2" long and in a fold but it is very noticable.

My Dr and PT suggested myofacial release massage which is what I do and they suggersted the "scar therapy lotion"
My scar is still "angry looking" and feels as though a stich or 2 was left in
(yes I had steri strips) but I swear it feels like stitches were left in.
One of my clients actually said "When did you get hooked?'

Wouldnt it be great if we could post pics of our scars!


My reason for starting this thread was to figure out what is the norm for you not to feel it at all?

 
Old 04-06-2007, 08:24 PM   #8
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Re: scar pulling with minor pain

Its funny you mentioned the feeling of stiches still being there. I kept having the feeling when I rubbed my finger over the incision there was like a piece of plastic sticking out. Well eventually it started getting longer and I went back to the doctor and they pulled it out. They said sometimes a piece of the dissovable stich doesnit dissolve but no problems it would have eventually eased its way out. I still feel it but its more like when you get novacaine at the dentist you know the way your lip feels. So annoying ...

Yes, they should start a photo album of scars. It would be nice to actually see and compare.

 
Old 04-09-2007, 06:18 PM   #9
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Re: scar pulling with minor pain

Nicki
I just looked at your reply and you mentioned the swallowing issue. You should click on my name and look at my previous posts! My vocal cord was damaged as a result of this surgery so I have voice/swallowing/breathing issues.

I strongly urge anyone with swallowing issues to get an rx to a speech therapist. Really a speech therapist!

I have been given exercises that are amazing! My swallowing issues are being resolved by these.

Also given strict orders by speech therapist and ENT absolutely no caffeine
(even decaf) and to drink tepid liquids all day long, nothing hot or cold and it has made a HUGE difference as in I can swallow and not choke!

This was amajor adjustment in my life as I have always been a caffeine lover.

 
Old 04-09-2007, 06:33 PM   #10
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Re: scar pulling with minor pain

Thanks July. I will definetly talk to my Dr. about it. One good thing is that I am not a caffeine lover I mainly drink water, gatorade and teas. I'm going to go take a look now at your previous posts.

NIcki

 
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