Scar Tissue Pain

The scar tissues are those tissues that are damaged due to some injury or surgery and when the body creates some new connective tissues that are fibrous in nature and it acts as a barrier for the injury which when repairs and leads to formation of scar tissue. The newly formed tissue is thicker and denser than normal tissue as it gets limited supply of blood and oxygen. When this fragile and rigid tissue is pulled, it cannot make movements like any other healthy tissue. This causes nerve inflammation and the outcome is the scar tissue pain.


The force and signs of the scar tissue pain is mainly dependent on a number of aspects like severity of the injury that caused the scar, location of the scar, etc. A newly formed scar tissue is more painful and is often accompanied by redness, itching, and tenderness. Many times the pain is so severe that you won’t be able to sleep. Scar tissue pain after any abdominal surgeries or hysterectomy is generally followed by more serious symptoms as it restricts the movement various internal organs. The scar tissue can lead to intestinal obstacle and it gives rise to swelling of the abdomen, abdominal pain, infrequent bowel movements, vomiting and nausea. In a more serious complication, where the bowel may get choked and the abdominal pain increases and affect the entire body system. There will be serious consequences to this and there will be much suffering for the patient. There can be complications like mild fever, low blood pressure and so on


If a nerve is compressed by the scar tissue, then the pain will depend on how the nerve is being. The pain could be continuous if the nerve is under constant compression. On the other hand, if the compression is there only during certain position, then the accompanying symptoms include numbness and tingling sensation that can be felt not just in the affected tissue, but in other parts of the body as well. For example, trapped nerve in the cervical area can give symptoms on the hands. When the pain arises due to scar tissue putting pressure on the adjoining muscles, then weakness is felt that particular part of the body.


Those who get mild to moderate scar tissue pain occasionally can decrease it with the help of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. When there is irritation as well as pain, then topical ointments like antihistamines and corticosteroids are used to provide relief. You can also use the medicine interferon that is administered through injection and it promotes growth of healthy collagen tissue. Sometimes, surgical option is availed to treat the pain in the scar tissue. However, surgical option is not suitable for all kinds of scars. It is good particularly if it is thin and linear. For this reason, scar tissue pain after c-section can be reduced to a great extent with help of surgery.


You can also use silicone gel sheeting that improves the elasticity and flexibility of the scar tissue. Many times the ultrasonic waves are used to heat the scarred tissue which in turn make them less rigid and aid in scar tissue removal. Massaging the scar also helps to soften up the tissues. It should be done by a trained therapist who will massage the skin by moving the fingers on the scar in circular motions. It is a painful condition and you should see the severity of your scar tissue pain to get any treatment.

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I have had a hysterectomy & I have a large knot that feels attached to my scar on the inside. It can be moved & is painful when pressure is applied, & painful intercourse. What can I do?
by Nancy Pigeon     22-May-2012

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