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episiotomy nightmare

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  • Posted By: momof1
  • September 28, 2008
  • 08:15 PM

I am desperate for help regarding my horrible episiotomy experience. I gave birth July 7, 2008 and received a third degree tear and episiotomy. I was in extreme pain until my six week appt but thought that must be normal after a delivery. Well, my doctor said I was not healing well at all and had tons of scar tissue growing out of the incision. I had to have an episiotomy revision at 7 weeks postpardom. All was well after this for 2 weeks. Then my incision began to open up again. It was only a small part near the back so my doctor put 3 stitches to close it up and told me to take it easy for a few days, which I did. Those stitches all pulled loose after 3 days but I was told it would be fine and should heal on it's own. Well, now the whole incision is completely open and raw. It is unbelievably painful and I can't get back to the doctor for 2 more days. My doctor has never seen or heard of this before and thinks I need to see a specialist. I have had multiple blood tests which all came back normal. I am 26 years old and in good health. What could be causing my body not to heal? I just want to get better so I can take care of my daughter. Please help.

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  • I am desperate for help regarding my horrible episiotomy experience. I gave birth July 7, 2008 and received a third degree tear and episiotomy. I was in extreme pain until my six week appt but thought that must be normal after a delivery. Well, my doctor said I was not healing well at all and had tons of scar tissue growing out of the incision. I had to have an episiotomy revision at 7 weeks postpardom. All was well after this for 2 weeks. Then my incision began to open up again. It was only a small part near the back so my doctor put 3 stitches to close it up and told me to take it easy for a few days, which I did. Those stitches all pulled loose after 3 days but I was told it would be fine and should heal on it's own. Well, now the whole incision is completely open and raw. It is unbelievably painful and I can't get back to the doctor for 2 more days. My doctor has never seen or heard of this before and thinks I need to see a specialist. I have had multiple blood tests which all came back normal. I am 26 years old and in good health. What could be causing my body not to heal? I just want to get better so I can take care of my daughter. Please help.Hi Momof1,I am currently facing similar situation as yours. Do you mind letting me know whether you had found the answer to your problem and how you resolved it? Hope you can help. Thanks a lot.
    cecilathome 1 Replies
    • November 25, 2010
    • 09:48 AM
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  • Hi Momof1,I am currently facing similar situation as yours. Do you mind letting me know whether you had found the answer to your problem and how you resolved it? Hope you can help. Thanks a lot.Hello,Well I have good news for you. I am completely healed and doing great. I'm actually newly pregnant with my second child, which is something I thought I would never do again after my nightmare first experience.After hearing so many times from my regular ob/gyn that I needed to give it more time, I decided to see a doctor at the well known Stanford University Hospital. After he examined me he calmly said "you are going to be fine". I was so relieved! He told me my incision was so severely infected and I needed lots of antibiotics. The skin wasn't able to heal together due to the swelling caused from the infection. How my doctor missed that I will never know. So I was put on Diflucan for yeast infection and Keflex for bacterial infection. I took the Diflucan everyday for 2 months. That tells you how severe the yeast infection was. After being on the antibiotics for a couple of weeks I saw a major improvement. Slowly my incision began to heal, after so long. I finally could see the light at the end of the tunnel.I gave birth in July and was finally healed completely in April. It was a very long, hard road but I know there was some reason it happened. I am so thankful to have my life back. I do have a significant amount of scar tissue down there but its okay. I will be having a scheduled c-section with my second baby and am so happy about it! Nothing could be worse than what I went through the first time. I hope this helps and that you feel better soon. Good luck!
    momof1 1 Replies
    • November 29, 2010
    • 11:26 PM
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