Hey Adam, I'm 41, had the surgery in September last year (Wednesday will be 1 year to the day...). My scar is about 14" in the shape of a J and believe it or not is still numb. I had a slight abscess at one part of the scar that had to be packed and heal from the inside/out so it's a bit indented (a bit, funny, depends on your definition of 'a bit') and sometimes bothers me. I find that it bothers me more when I have been eating too much and put on a bit of weight (and yes, I've been having that problem lately, eating too much...:( ). Regarding the ab muscles, mine 'work' but I haven't been doing the typical weight training for abs lately. I have been doing light crunches when I am at the gym, but this past week I did a set of abs in between every set when I was doing bench/biceps (total of 8 sets of crunches at 20 each) and then leg raises for lower abs (3-4 sets of 10). That morning about 3-4am I woke up with enough discomfort that it woke me up. I got back to sleep and the next day the pain wasn't really there but was a bit sore. Probably over did it, but I think I need to get a bit back into it more slowly to build up the muscles. I don't have consistent pain or uncomfortable pain, but overdoing it will cause the pain and the numbness is still there after a year. Definitely listen to what the others said on your earlier post regarding seeing either your ONC or a different GP regarding the pain. You want to 'manage' it so it's tolerable while it heals so you aren't in discomfort. Good luck!!
Husband to Eileen, Dad to Hunter (15) and Sydney (13)
Attitude is everything, you have to keep it positive! And take it one day at a time, it's all anyone can do with this disease...