Itchy incision year after surgery?

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Posted 6/27/2012 by Ms.Snickerdoodle in NSBR Board
 

Ms.Snickerdoodle
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Posted: 6/27/2012 11:40:47 PM
I had a lump removed over a year ago and at the time had a terrible allergic reaction to the tape, this past week it has been itching like crazy again. Is this anything to be concerned about? It is red where it itches, but I assume that is more from the scratching.
Anyone experience that before?



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Posted: 6/28/2012 12:17:08 AM
Okay, so I neglected to read the title fully and entered thinking, "Well, of COURSE it is itching after surgery." LOL Now that I have re-read the title and fully grasp your question, I do not think it is at all unheard of to have an incision site that itches forever after surgery.

I say this because I had a transverse hysterectomy almost 27 years ago AND had 5 incisions where they removed my gallbladder in 2004 and ALL of them itch on and off all this time later. That having been said, the key words there are "on and off." If your incision site is itching consistently and for an extended time period (I would say anything over a couple of days), then I would suggest getting it looked at by your PCP. Good luck!


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Posted: 6/28/2012 1:00:39 AM
I'm still itchy, numb and it's kinda hard at my incision site a year and a half after surgery. Pretty normal. I was also told that I may never get feeling back there as well. It's kind of freaky.




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Posted: 6/28/2012 3:17:01 AM
Totally normal. My abdominal hysterectomy scar still itches quite often, and that surgery was in 2000.

If it makes you feel better, my other large scar doesn't itch anymore; that one is 24 years old or so. I guess at some point that itchiness stops.


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Posted: 6/28/2012 6:51:10 AM
The suture lines from my breast reduction still itch - from 2004.
Sorry - it sucks, doesn't it?



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Posted: 6/28/2012 8:19:27 AM
I still get itchy every so often from a hernia surgery about 6 years ago. Also, I have a scar on my leg from a dog bite several years back that still itches me every so often.


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Posted: 6/28/2012 8:20:36 AM
My scars always itch, even years later.

And the ones under the boobs from the lift...my gosh, are they irritating and embarrassing! Try scratching one of THOSE without drawing attention to yourself!!


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Posted: 6/28/2012 8:22:17 AM
C sections 16 and 18 years ago. Still have occasional itching.



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Posted: 6/28/2012 8:48:17 AM
It's generally attributed to nerve regeneration.

Still itching off and on 6 years later!



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Posted: 6/28/2012 9:16:29 AM

And the ones under the boobs from the lift...my gosh, are they irritating and embarrassing! Try scratching one of THOSE without drawing attention to yourself!!



About as bad as trying to scratch your c-section scar in public, I imagine.

(My scar still itches periodically 9.5 years after my last c-section.)



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Posted: 6/28/2012 9:46:41 AM
My MIL (she had a multiple health problems) kept complaining after surgery about her incision site. It itched sometimes, hurt sometimes, felt hard, and didn't heal very well. She also complained about her incision smelling bad. Two different doctors kept telling her it was normal with her diabetes. After a year, she finally insisted that they take a closer look. They found out that somehow, a piece of gauze was left inside of her. They removed it and she recovered. It was frustrating because nobody would listen to her, yet she was fortunate that she didn't have more serious complications from it. In defense of the doctors, she did have multiple health problems. Most of her symptoms that would come and go were attributed at the time to the other problems. It wasn't until afterwards they realized that it was probably related to the foreign object left in her body.


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Posted: 6/28/2012 9:48:55 AM
I would suggest making sure it is moisturized with a good thick lotion.



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Posted: 6/28/2012 10:24:47 AM
Thanks for all the advice, I feel better now!
I have had 4 surgeries in my life, and none of the other incisions ever bothered me, so that and combined with the horrible reaction I had right after the surgery had me worried that maybe something was still not right. It was a lump in my breast, the under side, so itching it while maintaining any sense of decorum is impossible!

I bought some cortisone cream last night and that seems to help. Thanks for the commiserations, and information!



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Posted: 6/29/2012 5:46:01 AM
I had my thyroid removed almost 18 years ago and the incision still itches fiercely sometimes. Sometimes it still aches horribly, too.


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