pain and numbness in hip and upper thigh

on 10/18/17 5:26 am
RNY on 08/04/15

I'm 4 months postop for my tummy tuck and mastopexy. There are a few things that are irritating to me. The first is that the skin on my tummy is still really tight and I find myself hunching a lot. I try to be mindful of my posture, but sometimes I just hunch, especially when I'm sitting at my desk working.

The real issue I'm having is some strange pain and numbness. My abdomen is still really numb, not just at the incisions, but all the way up to my ribs/right under my breasts. But the worst is the pain and numbness in my right hip and outer upper thigh. It actually hurts to the touch, like it is bruised. My PS says it's normal and that as the nerves heal it will go away. It is irritating because my 4 year old has a knack of jumping on me and bumping me in that area.

Has anyone else had this issue and if so, did it actually go away. The numbness is strange, but I can get used to that, but the pain is not something that I want to live with long term.

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Gwen M.
on 10/18/17 8:25 am
VSG on 03/13/14

You might consider physical therapy, pilates, or yoga to help with your posture issues.

For the pain - I recommend talking to your child and explaining that he can't jump on you. At 4, this should be within his understanding. I'm sure the exacerbation isn't helping it to heal. Aside from that, any gentle massaging you can do to help increase blood flow should help.

My numbness still exists from surgery #1, but it has diminished with time.

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Leslie W.
on 10/18/17 7:22 pm - Cobourg, Canada

It will get better. As the nerves regrow pain shows up in different areas. At 4 months there is still healing going on. It takes up to a year. I feel your pain as I was there. Hang in it does get better.

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on 10/22/17 2:51 pm
RNY on 07/23/14

Numbness may be annoying but it is normal.

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on 10/30/17 8:06 pm - Houston, TX

Numbness of the abdomen is typical below the belly button and improves over time, to where usually just a patch below the belly button and/or above the pubic region stay numb.

Leg numbness (especially if you did not have leg surgery) or allodynia (pain caused by non-painful stimuli like clothing brushing on skin or light touch) is often due to irritation of a specific nerve near the hip bone. Asl your surgeon, who can probably figure this out with a good examination.

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