Is it still supposed to hurt when I cough?

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Stanley and me
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   Posted 3/24/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my ileostomy surgery 6 weeks ago today and part of the scar on my stomach hasn't healed up yet. My knickers keep rubbing against it so I've started putting mepore plasters on it again so let it heal a bit. Everytime I cough or sneeze it still really hurts. Is this normal or should I contact my stoma nurse about it?

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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Stanley and me. Welcome to ---

Yeh, you can still be really tender in the belly area, esp if it is not healed. There is a lot of pressure put on the stomach when you sneeze or cough, esp a really deep cough or hard sneeze. It probably wouldn't hurt to run it by your nurse or surgeon, but my guess is that it is probably normal.

You probably had a lot of stuff done internally as well - removal of intestine, etc. which means that everything has been disturbed. It will take a while to settle back down. Keep moving and walking as that will help to work the soreness out and build your muscle tone in your legs, back, stomach.

Best of luck to you.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 3/24/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine still kinda hurts when I cough or sneeze violently! It's been a year and a half. It's not painful, but I do feel it.
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.

Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2007. Step 2 & ileostomy switched to left side - May 27, 2008, and take down August 8, 2008. Gallbladder removed December 5, 2008. LIFE IS GOOD.

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   Posted 3/24/2009 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah its still gonna hurt, for a while! dont worry thats normal, just those muscles getting themselves back in order again,lol
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