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Had appendectomy, strain during constipation resulting in intense pain on surgical scar, normal ultrasonography, X-ray, CT scan

i had appendectomy 6 yrs ago. my appendix had ruptured at that time, but the surgery went fine (it was a open surgery). but about a year back i strained myself in a bout of constipation and since then i have had constant pains in the surgical scar . sometimes the pain gets really worse and i cant sleep. i underwent ultrasonography , x-ray, barium meal x-ray, ct scan but nothing could be found. i also feel a hard lump just beneath the scar skin, but the ct scan showed no traces of hernia. and i also feel stiffness in the right side of my abdomen originating from the scar. but my main problem remains the pain at the scar. please advice me what to do with it.
Asked On : Sun, 13 May 2012
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I can see that you are suffering from post-appendectomy pain and it can be a very annoying symptom sometimes.
During appendectomy, many nerves are cut and following surgery because of this one can feel pain and tingling (pin like sensation) over the area of the scar. This feeling can persist upto 1-2 years after surgery and it gradually dies down.
In your case, you have been extensively investigated and things seem to be normal. Just give some time for this pain and stiffness to go away. I suffered from a similar problem after my appendectomy.
You can carry out some relaxation exercises to take your mind away from the pain.

Hope you get well soon.
Answered: Mon, 14 May 2012
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