I'm four weeks post surgery now. I went to the doctor today because I'm still having some bleeding and have been having some pain.
The pain I'm having is right at my incision points. The pain can be severe sometimes, and I liken it to a red hot poker or a red hot iron being pressed into the skin.
The burning pain is actually common. It's from scar tissue nerve hypersensitivity. Here's what happens:
When the skin is cut, especially deeply as in surgery, the nerves that cross the incision are severed. As they heal, new nerve endings are created. These nerve endings have never experienced the world before so anything touching them; a sock, cast, boot etc. causes them to go off like fireworks. And it hurts.
The fix is to take vitamin E oil and rub it into the scar – rub it HARD. And this, of course, hurts like heck. But the idea is to desensitize the area.
I'll let you know how it goes in a couple of weeks.
A little update:
The vitamin E oil treatment works. The oil doesn't actually help from a medicinal point of view — it's really just a lubricant. But it does make the scar look a ton healthier. I'm at eight weeks now and occasionally the scar on the top of my foot will ache. If I rub it, the pain goes away. Sweet.