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    Default Second Degree Tear Recovery

    I have a second degree tear from when the midwife had to turn bub's shoulders during delivery. I have no idea how many stiches I have but I tore through to my bum. Just wondering how long it took other ladies to recover from a 2nd degree tear? How long until you weren't in pain moving/sitting? I had a midcall midwife check them 4 days after delivery and she said they were looking good, but she was an insensitive cow and I elected not to have her back. I'm pretty sore, taking neurofen and panadol which isn't doing much. Its been 9 days, just wondering whether this is normal?

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    oh you poor thing I do remember with my 3rd degree cut it took a few weeks... the pain just got slightly less but little by little. I just made sure I sat on soft couches/pillows and didn't walk too quickly etc.

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    It was about 10-11 days for me for the initial bad pain, but I'd have a couple of days of feeling fine, then a little more pain coming back on and off for another week or so.
    Hope it settles down soon for you!

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    OP i had the exact thing- 2nd degree tearing all the way through to the bum - I remember being tender/pain for a couple of weeks then a little uncomfortable/itchy for another few weeks - can't remember exactly. The itchiness was unbareable at times but apparently part of the healing process. . My stitches weren't even checked either until the 6 week check 😮
    By then I was ok so if still in pain by then 6 weeks I'd definitely see someone. It does take time.

    Eta: I found voltaren more effective than panadol or nurofen.
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    My epi + tear took a good 6 but more like 8 weeks to heal and even after that sex was very painful months later and I then had laser & ultrasound on the scar which help immensely

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    I had a second degree tear with my dd, and it didn't take too long to heal. I would probably book yourself in to the GP to have them assess how it is healing. I only remember mine being uncomfortable when I peed, but drinking a lot of Ural seemed to help with that.

    hope it gets better soon for you.

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    Agree, drink lots of Ural and take the strongest Voltaren they'll sell you at the chemist. Much better than panadol or nurofen. I had bad tearing with my first (about to have my second) and I think I had a couple of weeks of pain. If it goes on too long go back to your doctor for sure. Good luck

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    Aww you poor thing i really feel for you, i had an epi with ds cut all the way to my bum and it was excruciating. Took weeks for the pain then itching and discomfort to go. Hope you're on the mend soon its so draining when everything you do hurts, walking, bathing, going to the toilet etc. I agree salt baths helped lots, shallow warm water and a good dose of salt and sit in it for as long as you can then just dab the sore area dry

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    Another vote for the salt baths (it's also a lovely excuse to have some down time in those hectic newborn days!) big hugs....those tears hurt so much!

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    Yes I had a lot of salt baths too

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