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hello i am wondering if anybody else has experienced a retained placenta after having their baby? Have you been getting

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hello i am wondering if anybody else has experienced a retained placenta after having their baby? Have you been getting any recurring pain in abdomen years later?


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2 years ago
I wonder if a specialist would be willing to do exploratory keyhole surgery? Maybe they'll be able to see something not showing on the scans.

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2 years ago
thanks its good and not to good to hear you guys have had similar pains and experiences ....how did you go with the complaints?

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2 years ago
i am talking 6years ago it is the only injury to that part of my body i have ever had and the pain began after the butterflies and tingling and numbness stopped from the placenta literally ripped out of my body and the surgeon shouting out he got it as the other 5 or 6 surgeons applauded,,, i'm not sure to this day what went wrong but my 3rd child i had a retained placenta so i was high risk for the 4th and yet they gave me a midwife in training i also had high blood pressure, so i pleaded for a c section months before he was due but just got told no you'll be right you've had 3 natural the retained placenta fell out before the doctor had to do anything(i was on way to surgery when it came) so im sure you will be okay...once 4th came he was in duress so was i ..turned out to be a 10pd baby i only ever had 7pd babies prior and i couldn't push him out , trainee kept saying that's a contraction push and i'm telling her no somethings wrong,..anyway emergency doctors were called and stirrups and clamps and an epidural later he finally got out and 40 mins passed and they were sweating on this placenta to no avail....next minute blood poured out so fast my mum and husband started screaming what the hell is going on, doctors yelled get her in theatre now,...i kid you not the surgeon had half his arm inside me scraping around and yanked so hard several times then finally pulls out this piece of meat(placenta) and they all applauded and said she will be okay.....this is when i was having a sinking sensation like i was falling through the trolley and i nearly died from blood loss...many litres were transfused over days and the amount of stitches i had down below they lost count, i was so sore for months.....anyway i couldn't get rid of the numb tingling feeling in my abdomen, drs just said it will take time you went through traumatic experience..2 years later it finally stopped and now just happens sometimes, but a more severe ache n sharp pain happens in my left abdomen area and its seriously messing up my quality of life, many dollars for scans, 4 different doctors and 6 years later no body can stop it or solve it or even know if its related. its the only injury i know that i have had there which is why im asking you guys and it fits with the timing of when it started..i want it to be sorted with 4 kids i need to be active but this pain absolutely kills sometimes and i have to sit with a heat and ice pack and antiinflammatorys...how traumatic was yours? did they rip it out or were they gentle? im just thinking is there a possibility the tore muscle or tissue or something i dont know but i really would love some real help

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2 years ago
Gosh that sounds horrible. Have you considered a hysterectomy?

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2 years ago
Sounds like nerve damage.

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2 years ago
The first time it expelled by itself and second time my story was much like yours with massive blood loss then getting rushed to theatre. But I was well and truly knocked out for that and was well under the impression that it was just a D+C which I didn't think involved anything too invasive. I think it's strange you are getting pains still after so long, definitely go and get checked out and see what's causing it.

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2 years ago
God that sounds horrendous 😱 it sounds like the dr definitely did damage to something inside with his hand there. If the scans and xrays are coming back with nothing it’s so hard to know where to go next. Have u tried a gynaecologist?

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2 years ago
Thanks guys yes i have had xrays, ultrasounds and with both coming up trumps even got an M.R.I , nothing out of ordinary, but the pain is real! Last doctor has put it down to shingles in the past(Which i dont remember ever getting , i am 39 yrs old) and he says that being undiagnosed can cause nerve damage and prescribed sticky pad things which kind of helped with pain but not real good and tablets which did nothing to ease it...so we are back to square one again. so lucky you were knocked out i was fully awake and the panic in them did not help me...i just wonder exactly how much dr rushed it and the way he was pulling at my insides with nothing but feeling with his hands as a guide that maybe he did damage to something that wont show in scans so im thinking soft tissue etc..is there a way of getting a good look at tissue and muscles ? or just hoping someone else has experienced this awake and have the same issues later? would a hysterectomy help?

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2 years ago
Totally hear what you are saying about doctor going in with hands to clear it out. God that was as bad if not worse than the labour pain!
I also get pains but maybe not as severe as you describe.

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2 years ago
Its possible. Even though you've been cleaned out perhaps you have scar tissue on your uterus. Your uterus and bowel are close and one can cause issues with the other. Perhaps your uterus and bowel are irritated and you are s suffering referred pain in your back/abdomen.
I hope it improves. Have you thought about an ultrasound?

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2 years ago
this makes sense thank you , yes have had 3 ultrasounds now, the 3rd was one that went deeper into the organs etc still nothing though inflammation is showing up in my blood tests they cant see it? ....had xray and last one was mri to do the best they could,,nothing.....scar tissue pretty much has to be it..all kidney liver and heart tests show up fine, so its nothing thats going to kill me in a hurry but the pain is extreme sometimes and gone on for so long , i stopped smoking all together becuase each time i smoked it would flare up again? but hell it doesnt want to improve overtime which sucks..thanks again

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2 years ago
Theres no way there would be any left in there years later, you would be dead by now.

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2 years ago
there is definitely nothing left in there :)

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2 years ago
Yes. I get very bad cramps and pressure. The midwife who it was her first unsupervised shift as soon as my daughter was delivered began pulling on the umbilical cord and tore the placenta from my uterus and made me haemorrhage. The placenta came out in about 10-12 pieces and at 18, I was faced with an emergency hysterectomy because they couldn’t stop me bleeding.

Blood hasn’t even left the cord yet, I’m talking seconds within baby being born. We made formal complaints she was so incompetent and dangerous

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2 years ago
Generally the body will become septic if it is left in too long so your stomach pains are less likely to be retained placenta and more along the lines of adenomyosis or endometriosis

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2 years ago
I remember I had small part left and the pain was like I was still in labour. From memory this way day 2 or 3 post baby. Midwife was concerned I'd have to go to hospital but my body eventually naturally expelled it.

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2 years ago
Yes I have had it twice, I have not made any connection with stomach pain to it though.

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2 years ago
thank you