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ZGRUNTLOVE
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1/6/12 11:18 P

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I did and occasionally have an issue with my various scars. I have been told by my doctor, the surgeon and my massage therapy that actually massaging the area helps the scar tissue to loosen up and reduce the swelling. It hurt like crazy when I first started. Now it is to where if I notice itching or tightness, it is time to massage it and it stops the problem. I had different issues with different scars. The raised red with veins I had over my port scar and the scar on my wrist. The port scar had tingling and constant itching with pain on touch. The scars on my tummy tingled and hurt. The others just drove me nuts with tight itchy or just feeling dry or tight.

Edited by: ZGRUNTLOVE at: 1/6/2012 (23:21)
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.


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CONFIDENT36
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5/2/11 10:49 A

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So, one of the scars from my latest surgery in January turned into a hypertrophic scar. This is raised, lumpy, red and itchy with bright red veins running through it. I don't know if this helps you at all, but I was able to go for a cortisone shot that helped ALOT. I have to go back for another, and may have to keep going back for awhile, but was told that eventually, it will go back down to normal. I was scared that the veins were angiogenesis, but thank GOD they were not.


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RIAH3377
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2/18/10 8:39 A

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The tingling didn't bother me so much as the constant itching. My doc told me I could have plastic surgery to remove or help the scar but once the itching stops I really couldn't care about the scar. i am sure I can come up with some creative stories as to why it looks like someone tried to cut my throat :)

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GABBZIES
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2/17/10 5:00 P

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I agree, I was told to expect the tingling. I have only felt the itchiness, which I've assumed means I am not moisturizing enough.
I don't think there is anything to do about the tingling though :(


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2/17/10 4:56 P

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Mariah,
I'm not sure if this is true or not, but someone told me those feelings are the nerves healing.


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RIAH3377
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2/16/10 3:48 P

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I dont know if you have this but my surgery was about 5 months ago and it feels like it is constantly pricked with needles still and itches like crazy at times which the i was told is a hypertrophic scar. Usually rubbing it with either vitamin e or mineral oil (generic from walgreens) helps a little.

Do any of you have the itching or stinging sensation? I would love to learn how to decrease it
even more.

(I also do not put on the creams/oils consistently)

Mariah

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GABBZIES
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2/16/10 3:00 P

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I have the same problem... surgery was 9 months ago and I feel like my scar hasn't changed much... it's still raised and red and just... there.
Pharmacists recommended vitamin E in cream format, I'm not consistent enough to see a difference though :(


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SPORTSPHOTOMAMA
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2/16/10 9:04 A

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I may try that out. I guess part of the problem is my impatience. It is slowly getting better...just not fast enough to suit me. emoticon


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RIAH3377
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2/15/10 11:16 A

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My scar is on my throat and it at times feels really tight and I have some mineral oil that I rub on it before I try to stretch it out. It has gotten a little better with that. Hope that helps.

Mariah

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I wish I had an answer for you, however, all I can do is lend you my support. Are you a member of the Surviving Cancer team? The people on that team have a lot of experience and may be able to provide you with some information.

Have joy!


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SPORTSPHOTOMAMA
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2/10/10 4:59 P

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Do any of you have any issues with scars left over from cancer surgeries? I have had 4 surgeries on my abdomen, including a hysterectomy and a c-section (not in that order). Anyway, my surgery scar is really tight and I'm doing the best I can to get it stretched back out so my abs can heal and I can gain some strength. I am currently taking a hatha yoga class. Do you have any other suggestions/ tips for me?


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