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  • I'm 2-1/2 years post liver transplant and still have some numbness.  Also, when showering and I have the water hot, it's not so bad when rinsing the front side where they cut me open, but when I turn around to rinse my back the water temp is much hotter.  They said the loss of feeling there may or may not come back over time.  It's better than right after surgery but not completely gone.  As others have stated, small price to pay for the gift of life!

    Merry Christmas All!


  • I recently had one of my 6 month dermatology appointments with a new MD. He asked if my heart TP scar hurt or ITCHED (it is numb) it didn’t but he did say they could relieve pain or itch. So ask your dermatologist BUT OF COURSE DONT LET THEY GIVE SNY MEDICATIPN WITHOUT CONFIRMING WITH YOUR TRANSPLANT TEAM !!!!!
  • Same on my d lung in 2010. Still numb. Doesn’t have any effect on me
  • Thank you guys, Merry Christmas and thank you for all the great info. My numb area also itches. I hope everything is going great with your transplants.

  • Had a liver transplant Feb of this year. Yes, I’m numb around the scar. I expected that, though. I had a knee replacement 13 years ago ( in my 40s’) and that scar is still numb. And itches!
  • Hi Sophie,
    I am 6 months post op & have the same numbness just under the lower scare. My team also told me it was nerve damage & may heal or not a small price to pay for a new life. Good luck and Merry Xmas.
  • I had double lung in 12/2014 and the scar across my chest is numb due to nerve cutting. It also severed some muscle attachments so my chest flexes kind of funny.
    I also have numbness is areas on my feet and shins, largely due to meds. But at 3 yrs, yes I still have that
  • 4 years post tx and still numb in some spots.  Guess they had to cut through some nerves.  No biggie.  But it is a tad odd that a numb spot can still itch!  And you can't scratch it.  What's up with that?

  • Also be careful when carrying things that may pinch or stick you. These are words from experience.
  • Hi Sophie,

    I had my liver transplant just over a year ago. I also have some numbness in the same area. This was explained to me by my transplant team as a natural occurrence. The surgeon has to sever some nerves to get to the area they need to work on. These nerves are permanently damaged and it was brought up to me as a precautionary reason. The doctor told me be careful when leaning over anything as you may not feel any damage that could be occurring. This goes for bending over to lift but more importantly around the stove or grill. To be honest I really do not notice. Keep asking your good questions as in this and other posts. Things will get better and you are an inspiration to everyone.

    Good Luck


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