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    I had a slight tear, that required 2 stitches. The dr was not nice about it..... was going to try to do it without lidocaine bc it wasn't worth the pain for the needle for the amount of stitching needed......halfway through it was decided that yes it was needed...I double checked with my one nurse that it had indeed only been 2 stitches bc it felt like tons more. She said that not only had it just been 2, they should heal quickly bc it was a very minimal tear. I had been good with the pain etc up until yesterday and today. now I hurt if I am sitting down. It's almost as if putting pressure on my buttcheek causes pain where I was stitched. Anyone else experience this? I iced again yesterday and that helped some but today it's right back. I know my body basically went through trauma and needs healing time, but at the same time I am unsure of how long this should last as to if it would be a concern I need to call about. (I dont want to call have them tell me to come in to check stitches, only to have them be fine and my pain increase bc of checking ya know?)

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    I had a tiny one stitch year with Lucas and it hurt for roughly eight weeks. I had it checked multiple times because I thought for sure it was infected but it wasn't. I guess it can just be normal. :/

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    I have multiple stitches from an episiotomy and a tear. Sewing me up and stopping the bleeding took an hour! It has been a week and it still hurts to do certain things. I take a prescription anti inflammatory and Tylenol all day long. You can use advil and Tylenol to reduce the swelling and pain. I also soak in an Epsom salts bath every evening.
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    I lucked out this time but have extensive experience with stitches from my other two births unfortunately. Totally normal for pressure on anywhere in your pelvic region to feel like its tugging on your stitches. I've had stitches in two very different spots and had that pulling pain both times. Like Heather said, stay on top of your anti inflammatory med and pain pills, it'll make a world of difference. My first tear took 7 weeks to heal, second one took about 4 hang in there ladies!! *hugs*
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    Quote Originally Posted by akpufa View Post
    My first tear took 7 weeks to heal, second one took about 4 hang in there ladies!! *hugs*
    HOLY CR@P! No one told me it would be that long! Why didn't I just have a c-section again? LMAO!
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    YIKES! That does ease my mind a bit... I probably should have iced more at the hospital than I did. The nurse said my stitches should be dissolved by 4 weeks and that it was a very min tear and not through muscle so it should heal quickly. I hope this is the case! otherwise it will make an uncomfortable start to the school year!

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    Yes, even with a small tear, it can be painful for weeks. I took ibuprofen every 6 hours for the first 7 days at least to help with swelling and pain. Right now I am 2.5 weeks postpartum and I am JUST starting to not feel pain on my tear throughout the day. With my DD, I had MAJOR tearing and I was sore for 8-10 weeks.

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    I was never even offered ice at the hospital. It was never suggested! Weird. We had these little wipe things that were epsom salts in them that we laid in our pad. They kept them in the fridge...so nice!
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    The hospital in my old city gave ice packs to put in your pads for the whole time you were there. The hospital I was at here gave ice packs for the first 6 hours or so. However, I wasn't as swollen this time as I have been in the past.
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    My hospital pushed me to ice even without tears this time but I swell up ridiculously. I was much better about having them bring me new packs as soon as the previous one melted and it made a huge difference.
    Anyway yeah Heather it can take a while for sure but it definitely varies from person to person. But episiotomies are rough because you have to heal cut muscle tissue. And while I'm saying it took 7 weeks to be healed, I'd say it took about 3 before I felt 75% or better, then the rest of the time was slowly progressing but it wasn't really bothering me by then, just slightly annoying at times. That aside, I'd never know I had it done at this point which I was scared would never happen!
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