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Scar reopened a little - pics included - I'm freakin' out!

Scar reopened a little - pics included - I'm freakin' out!

Postby showell » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:32 pm

So, I had quite comfortably switched over from the panicked newbie to the sage veteran on this site. I've had a great recovery, I went down a size... everything should be hugs and kittens right now, right??

WELL, let me tell ya!! I saw my ps today- he said everything looked great blah blah, and then told me to massage the area where my drains were as they almost look sunk in (a lovely look partially due to Ken Doll swelling.) vigorously every day and the "sunken" look would go away and that I should massage my scar, etc and that would fade as well. So he gave me a huge handful of Mederma samples and sent me on my merry little way.

I came home... rubbed the mederma on and was fine. Until about 15 minutes ago, when I decided it was round two of mederma time and low and freakin' behold, a tiny spot on my tt scar started bleeding! Also, the whole thing is SO red. My ps did say that the scar always looks worse before it starts looking better, and it will fade etc.

So, has anyone else had their scar completely closed for 5 weeks, then suddenly, inexplicably, it opens again?? Do you think this means I'm allergic to Mederma? I mean, in the interest of disclosure it is a teeny spot BUT STILL!!! and right next to it, about an inch away, there is a scab... a small one again, but I swear, the tt scar was all healed! Why would it scab (and as I was inspecting this "scab" it too started to bleed - it almost reminded me of a blood blister)? Neither place was the scene of a "spitting stitch" and I didn't notice anything odd on my tt scar until this happened (although it did look waaaay red) and neither spot bled very much at all (I blotted once and it was gone.)

Any advice would be totally appreciated.

Thanks!

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Postby uvatech » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:46 pm

Bummer! I' call the PS in the AM. :( Good luck and keep us posted.
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Postby ~Kim~ » Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:04 pm

IT's so strange how we all get different advice. My PS told me don't bother massaging the scar, it doesn't make a big deal. He told me I can put something on if I feel like I want to "feel as if I am participating in my healing" but it probably won't make a huge difference either way. The area on your incisions looks like maybe a non-disolvable knot might be trying to pop through. I had one do that a few weeks back, no pain just a little round area and then POP out came a little knot, it just feel off and the spot closed up and is now gone. HOnestly, do what you feel is right and if you trust your PS(which I am sure you do) follow his instructions. I am not a doctor but I just don't think rubbing an incision "vigourisly" is a good idea at this early stage. I know a lot of people seem to have reactions from the mederma.

I think if everything was fine before your new instructions, I would go back to what you were doing. That is just my opinion. I would keep an eye on the areas, don't use the mederma and see what happens.

Please keep us posted.
Good luck, take a deep breath...

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Postby noisybutnice » Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:09 pm

hmmm... I wouldn't play around with it too much... remember we heal from the inside so in 5 weeks you have prob healed pretty well from the inside out.. remember though that the scar is tender as you would know... so anything could aggravate it even the massage... I would be more inclined to put cream on without massaging too much in the area that is of concern to you... remember too that little bleed probably looks huge to you and to anyone else it probably is barely visible..
I would relax... the main thing is that it stopped bleeding... keep an eye on it...
Oh also was it "SO red" before you used the mederma if not then I would be tipping that it wasn't the cream...

I am only going with my c-section scar here... and I know that even when I got a lil sweaty it tended to be red...

hope i helped a lil...
just don't freak out tooo much

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Postby Tanyaskees » Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:12 am

Hi Suzy, I am really sorry you're having to deal with this. I know it must be scary but try not to worry about it too much. It sounds like the cream and messing with the scar agrivated(sp?) it just a little. The way I look at it, if it ain't broken, don't fix it. I am leaving mine alone and just let the nature take its course. Please let us know how it goes, I am sure by tomorrow all will be back to norm. Hugs,

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Postby jan52 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:18 am

I forget who but someone was saying they are allergic to mederma - so I would stop using it. The woman who was allergic said she got itchy. But maybe you are getting the red from allergic reaction. They said alot of ppl are allergic to it.
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Postby emily3 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:27 am

Suzy, so sorry to hear about this "bump" in the road....I know what you mean...everything is good for this long out than...a WTF moment/problem!!!! I'm not sure what the answer to question is but I agree w/Dani about my c-sec scars...they would turn red if I sweated or messesd w/them...they would just get irritated easily. If it was only a dot of blood then I think you irritated the area w/the massaging. My doc said there's not much you can do with the scars but he recommends just keeping it moist for a while w/cocoa butter/vit E combo....he never mentioned massaging it...and I wouldn't want to do that...I just lightly go over it. Oh, who knows...I just remembered what Kim wrote...might be a knot too...you should call the RN and see what she says....keep us posted!!!!
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Postby showell » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:35 am

I think I'm going to take you guys' advice, and stop messin' with the scar. :( I must be making it worse instead of better. Maybe I was just a little to gung ho... and I do think I am allergic to the mederma. my scar was red before - now it just looks angry!! :cry: What's worse, I thought the cocoa butter irritated it too as it got redder and kinda itchy. I think I need to just leave it alone... which is going to be so hard as I am all about the pick, pick, pick!!

Although, I guess that's now a plus that no one will see me naked for a long time!! No one will know about the ugly scar (except you guys, and I know you'll love me anyway! lol!)

Maybe I'll let it be for a couple of weeks, then try that nutmeg/honey concoction... that's only twice a week so that might help it without the irritation...

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Postby myturn07 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:44 am

showell wrote:Although, I guess that's now a plus that no one will see me naked for a long time!! No one will know about the ugly scar (except you guys, and I know you'll love me anyway! lol!)

:wink: We like ya naked!! :oops: Sorry to hear about it opening up on ya. My PS also told me to massage mine but it was due more to a hard spot formed by stitches binding up in tissue layers. This will pass....
Maybe you should be a massuse (?sp)...nice firm touch :shock:
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Postby Tanyaskees » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:44 am

I am all about the pick, pick, pick!!


Me too, but I am such a chicken when it comes to this. I do not mess with it at all. It scares me....just when I think I am outta the woods for comlications, someone as far out as I am or more has something come up :(. Suzy, it's probably nothing, it's just angry now and will come down in a day or 2. Please keep us posted.

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Postby 3weeksout » Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:27 am

Your openings look just like mine do as I am spitting stitches. It sucks just when we think we are on the up swing BOOM something hits us to make us worry. After I spit a stitch I put a small amount of antibiotic cream on it. They close up really quikly.
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Postby Shelly419 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:32 pm

Awe Suzy <3 I hope you feel better..
I send big hugs your way and I hope everything works out for the best (which it will!) You're strong and if you've made it this far in the healing process, you can make it to the end!
We're all in this together! We're here for you girl!

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Postby pmt5002 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 5:14 pm

Suzy - I had the exact same thing happen to me last week at 5 wks PO as well. It scared the crap out of me. It looks like a little blister. I called the PS the next morning and he said it was probably a stitch trying to come through but to put a little neosporin and gauze over it and take it easy for a few days and it would be fine. And he was right.....

I would still call your PS to get confirmation on your situation...

Hope this helps.

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Postby showell » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:31 pm

Tina Marie - I know!! like a little blood blister! Ew. Well, I am going to make sure it stays clean and calms down, once it is not inflamed I'm going to use this Arnica stuff I bought in the beginning.

Artbigred says she used it, and she's got one of the best po scars I've seen... it looks like she had surgery a year ago! I'm so jealous of her scar!!


Shelly, Lana, thanks for the support, Tanya, I promise not to pick!!!

Elysia, you are so funny!! My ex would so not understand this thread!!! ;) oh well!!! I love the support!

I promise to keep everyone posted on this.


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