Persistent pain after a c-section: when is it nerve pain and what can you do?

14 Sep

Dr. Jen Gunter

Persistent pelvic and/or abdominal pain post c-section often poses a diagnostic and treatment dilemma, because most OB/GYNs know very little about pain and most pain doctors know very little about the pelvis.

But that’s where I come in, being both board certified in OB/GYN and Pain Medicine.

It is hard to know how many women have persistent pain post c-section, because it hasn’t really been studied. All I can tell you is that I see several women a month with this problem. We do know is that 1-3% of women will have persistent nerve pain post c-section (although this is only one cause of pelvic pain). Today’s post will focus on that one type of pain, which typically means pain from one or all of these three nerves in the belly wall: ilioinguinal nerve, iliohypogastric nerve, or genitofemoral nerve.

This kind of nerve pain does not imply that anything was done…

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