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Muscle Divarication

Muscle Divarication

After having a baby your stomach muscles should get back to normal in a few weeks. For a few new mothers the muscles have trouble healing, and this is known as a muscle divarication. It happens when the muscles have split to give the baby space to grow, and after birth the two sides don’t heal back together again. Physiotherapy can be used to help the muscles heal. If this doesn’t work then surgery will be required to stitch the muscles back together again. Though most commonly found in recently pregnant women, divarication may be found in anyone who may have suffered muscle damage from trauma, surgery or obesity.

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had a baby 5months ago, during pregnancy I was admitted in to hospital due 2my daughter kicking me in the belly witch hospital said caused a hernia I was again admitted 2 hospital with pain on 4 more times, where they agreed early induction was necessary, since having my little one im in constent pain, had the ambulance out on 2 occasions due to waking up suddenly early hours in the morning where I get cramping crushing an stabbing pains along with bubbling the pain can be so unbearable where iv collapsed woken up with paramedics assistanting ME covered in sick an my heart rate is through the roof, after given strong pain killer sent on my way an it's put down to my hernia, but other symptoms are extreme back pain, constipation, an pain 24/7 iv got a massive dip in my lower belly 5 fingers wide, when I try to sit up or even bend back I have a raised lump that runs the length on my belly, iv also found I have no core strength at all I can no longer ride my horse or carry on with my dancing, having this baby has literally taken over my life, I'm not to bothered about how I look although I like to live a healthy lifestyle healthy eating an gym running dancing an horse riding, but these symptoms are having a real effect on my life, was woundering if any one knew what I can do to help get my life back ? Iv gone to gp an they sent my for pyisio but it's not doing a thing, iv tried to strengthen my core go to the gym ect but it seems to be getting worse please help





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Hi im 35 yrs old and have 3 children. My middle child is severly autistic i look 7mths pregnant this is distressing on both a phychological and physical aspect. Due to my appearance im asked of complete strangers daily when is the baby due. Im petite and have to wear size 16 tops to hide my stomach that can still be seen the cloathing hangs of me as im a size 10. I self harm due to the impact this has on me im on antidepressants and due to my appearance my social life is restricted as i stay in a lot as i cant face going out into the public due to this. Im unable to enjoy invites to friends birthday meals etc as if im seen enjoying an alcoholic beverage which is a rareity as i dont drink ive been approached by strangers giving me lectures on the harm to unborn babies when expectant mothers drink. Ive quit smoking 4 months ago due to recieving abuse of complete strangers about smoking when expecting. Then i was disbelieved when i explained that im not expecting and that its due to medical reason why my stomach looks this way. Im in constant pain due to the seperation it affects my back im unable to exercise and ended my gym membership due to pain and breathlessness when exercising. I have a privert chiropractioner that i see as i have to have reallighnment treatment done caused by this. Im struggling to manage my disabled child due to this it causes fatigue urinary incontinence and low energy levels. Ive asked my gp for help ive seen a specialised and surgeon that have said id have to pay private for a full tummy tuck which i cannot afford. The gap has been diagonosed via a scan and its 4cm wide. Ive been sterilised after the birth of my youngest child nearly 9 yrs ago. I feel embarrissed asking for help but i do not have anywhere else i can turn to for help. I would be most appreciative if i could be considered for help as this would enable me to have an improved quality of life thats needed to enable me to care for my autistic child with severe challanging behaviour requireing restraining techniques. Epeleptic seizuires that require me to have to be able to bend and kneel down etc to tend to him to the best of my ability which im currently struggling to be able to do due to this condition. Kindest regards





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I am seeking to have my muscle divarication repaired, along with a full abdominoplasty. I cannot find a surgeon who specialises in this procedure. Please can you give me a list of consultants/clinics that can help.I saw the episode where you helped a young woman to correct & repair hers. I am well aware that I will have to pay privately for this OP. Kind regards Cynthia Cull - age 66 and feel so embarrassed





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I am also in my sixties have just had this procedure carried out 5 weeks ago by Clare Park in Surrey and cannot recommend them highly enough.

Hi, I have a stitch like pain on the right side of my abdomen? I wake up with this most days, but I believe it has got worse over the years. Iv e had all referrals done (no diagnosis as her). I'm concerned as the stitch pain is still there.? I've asked for a scan but my doctor keeps saying they won't give me one or unlikely? Please help a frustrated nhs patient.





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I'm had my baby 3 years ago I've been in pain ever since when you touch my belly you can feel the big gap between my mules this is very depressing mostytime during sexual intrcause it hurts I am leaved crying and on pain plc help me I am so unhappy as in a lot of pain





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Hi I have the same issue , after two c sections I have literally no core strength and constant pain . I have gluteus medius tendinopathy in both hips and had endless physio therapy. And steroid injection nothing helps . The sheer frustration is 5 different physios and a consultant have said its due to my muscles being cut yet they won't operate to sew them back . My cousin has a gap and a small hernia and is have her muscles plus a small tummy tuck on the NHS this doesn't make sense to me .. Basically it depends where you live also maybe ? I would really like to know what my long term solution is because surely things can only get worse. My first c section was 15 years ago and then 3 years ago I haven't recovered after the last one . I also have constant. Nerve pain in my right buttock and down my leg !! I'm losing all faith in the NHS. Can transverse muscles be stitched back together ?





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My son is 37 and has been diagnosed with this. Causes him so much discomfort. What can be done





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I am a 37 year old mother of four. My little boy was delivered by elective cesarean in January 14 due to transverse lie.. I had a number of infections in wound and opening of an area twice. This has now healed. However I still have a very hard swollen area between scar and just above my naval which makes me looks as though I am still pregnant. I have also been left with a horrendous amount of loose hanging skin. Please help





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I have been told that I have a divarifcation of the recti and seen consultant, who said there was nothing they can do. I am 51 and have 5 children and like others I constantly look like I am pregnant, which is really embarrassing. I have read that they can do laproscopic venetian blind procedure which can help, do you have any information on this or other suggestion please.





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Hi, I am in the same place i'm afraid. I have been told that there is nothing can be done. My quality of life is poor and I am in a lot of discomfort. My last child was born 15 years ago and I have suffered since then and have scoliosis. However, recently I had a sudden and very severe pain after which, my tummy became so protuberant, also gastric reflux, breathlessness, wheezing, a hard persistent cough and urinary incontinence. I had two opinions, the first (registrar) diagnosed Diastasis Recti and said I needed an operation as my muscles were sitting around to one side of my body. Her Senior colleague (consultant) disagreed and has simply implied that I am just Fat! I am slightly overweight but I certainly did not look 9 months pregnant prior to this awful pain recently. I feel dreadful and have been off work now for 5 months. I cry most days because of the state I am in and because I am not being listened to or helped. The Doc has sent me for another opinion, this being the third), and I hope that she treats me with more respect. I am desperate. I fully sympathize and urge you not to give up. Today i go to the Patients advice and support service to plead my case and ask them to help me get the consultation through asap and the treatment I need to feel better.

Hi to you, I really feel for you as you are not being helped or listened to! I've found it difficult the last few years to believe they are taking me seriously, I hope you have got help and support from the patients advice service, and hope you get what you need for your issues.

I am fairly sure I have muscle divarication. My upper stomach is very, very pronounced and I can feel the space between my muscles. It has been 6 years since my last child. I have done nothing about it because I carry a bit of weight 14 1/2 stone, bmi 35, age 44. I thought there was no point in going to Gp's about this issue until I lost the weight first. Although I am struggling to lose the weight, is this the best option? Also is this operation available on NHS. Btw I have an apron of stmach skin too (after 3 c-sections) so basically I have hidden my stomach from anyone for 10 years now because of how unsightly I feel it is.





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