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Why doesn't anyone discuss the pain?

  • Soniak
  • Boston
  • 2 years ago

None of the doctors I spoke with told me how excruciatingly painful the recovery is. Everyone talks about the 'mild discomfort' for the first 10 minutes of the procedure till you get numb. Yeah but guess what, when you get un-numb after 3 days, your nerves have gone haywire and are firing off at random. yesterday, I woke up in the middle of the night howling in pain. It's non-stop stabbing with varying intensity and location. I honestly can't take it anymore. I want to curl up in my bed and never get out. NOTHING is helping!! all I've been doing all day at work is browsing the web for ppl with similar experiences and not surprisingly, have found plenty other ppl. I called up the spa and told them about my symptoms and they were very surprised (really???) and told me it's very unusual. They've prescribed what sounded like a nerve block, which I'll pick up on my way home from work. I am honestly never going to get this procedure EVER done again. agggggggggggggh 

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I had the large applicator done on my lower stomach December 2013. If I hadn't already had my flanks done first (no pain at all) I'd have NEVER gone back. Finally worked up the courage to have the lower stomach done again but this time with two small applicators. What a world of difference! Still have discomfort but nowhere near what I had with the big applicator.
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For everyone suffering with pain from Coolsculpting of the abs, try a compression garment. And if you are planning on having the procedure...get a compression garment beforehand and put it on before you even leave the dr. office after the treatment. I had my original treatment in early May and just had a second round yesterday to take care of a bit more fat on my stomach. Having done it both ways (first time, I didn't get the garment until a few days later), the garment is helping IMMENSELY. I am almost pain free. I’m using the Maidenform Flexees Women's Shapewear Seamless Hi-Waist Brief that I bought from Amazon. It covers your tummy from your bottom to right below your boobs. It's strong, fits tightly, yet is really comfortable and the fabric is really soft. I even wore it to bed last night and slept like a baby.
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I had coolsculpting on my lower abdomen exactly a week ago and I'm having the worst pain of my life. It's even worse than my labor pains with my 2 children which is a constant stabbing pain in varying degrees and location. It feels as though I'm being stabbed with a knife and there's shooting and burning pain. I hope I didn't get permanent nerve damage. My MD prescribed Gabapentin which is not helping at all. I feel so drugged but the pain is excruciating and debilitating. I can't even carry or hug my 2 small children. I would never do this again even if it was for free. Can anyone please tell me if this is permanent or temporary.
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My experience is the pain is temporary. I'd like to suggest you get a compression garment, which helps immensely. I had Coolsculpting about 4 months ago and did experience some pain as you describe; but I got a compression garment a few days later and it helped a lot. I just had another treatment yesterday to take care of a bit more pooch on my stomach, and I put on the garment before I even left the doctor's office. I have had NO pain thus far. Give it a try. (I recommend the Maidenform Flexees Seamless Shapewear, the High Waist ... it's very soft yet firm and comfortable). Let me know if you want any additional information. Hang in there...
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Since it has now been over 5 months since I had the procedure, and the tremendous nerve pain so many of you have endured, I wanted to let you know if the results were worth it. Definitely NOT. In fact, although I was told in the initial consultation that I was an excellent candidate, and then told in the first follow-up that "most people who experience the nerve pain have the biggest change because the pain is a sign of the inflammatory response that means the fat cells were effected", I can see absolutely NO reduction. To her credit, my doctor agreed with my evaluation and gave me 100% of the fee back. So, it only cost me three weeks of intense pain. Hard to believe this procedure was FDA approved!!
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I had coolsculpting on my lower abdomen exactly a week ago and I'm having the worst pain of my life. It's even worse than my labor pains with my 2 children which is a constant stabbing pain in varying degrees and location. It feels as though I'm being stabbed with a knife and there's shooting and burning pain. I hope I didn't get permanent nerve damage. My MD prescribed Gabapentin which is not helping at all. I feel so drugged but the pain is excruciating and debilitating. I can't even carry or hug my 2 small children. I would never do this again even if it was for free. Can anyone please tell me if this is permanent or temporary.
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So sorry you are in so much pain. It does get better. I had horrible shooting burning pain starting around day 4. On day 15 it began to subside, and by day 21 it was down to intermittent achiness. I took Alleve and Tylenol; one night when I woke up in unbearable pain, I took a prescription pain reliever, but nothing really touched it. An ice pack was the most help. I hear that gabapentin is effective but it might take a few days to kick in. I hope you are feeling better soon.
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Thank you! I stopped taking Gabapentin because it just made me feel so drugged. Last night I tried massaging hydrocortisone cream and lidocaine cream. It helped tremendously with the shooting pain. I finally was able to sleep, woke up around 1 am and applied some more. That with a combination of cool compresses. I think that patients undergoing this procedure should be well informed about the possibility of excruciating nerve pain and should be given lidocaine cream or patches if and when the nerve pain occurs.
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Sixth day of pain and sleepless nights. Shame on these doctors for not telling us about these nerve pains. They should have least prescribed something for the pain, that actually works. A nerve blocker should be required as a part of this procedure. This is awful. Lord have mercy on me. I too feel like suing them for their gross negligence in post treatment care and lack of transparency up front as it relates to the extreme nerve pain. What is making me so angry is I told them that I would be traveling for work and personal reasons over the next three weeks, and they did not recommend I wait. Imagine trying to do a presentation to hundreds of people with your stomach literally feeling like you have 3rd degree burns and being stabbed by needles at the same time. The standard response to those of us suffering is this is a rare occurrence. I later found out that every one experiencing this pain is told this. I have yet to hear from anyone who had a painless experience with the abdominal treatment.
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I had the procedure done on my stomach (4 small devices) $2,200 at a so called doctors office on 8/19/14, but never actually saw a doctor and five days out I am miserable; Swollen, spiking pain hurts to bend over . I called the office and spoke to the receptionist who swears I'm making up the discomfort in my mind and her only concern was when am I going to schedule my next appt that thank God I did not pay for it in advance they way she had pressed me to do. I can deal with the pain, but it would have been nice to be warned. It's all about the money - Not even a follow-up call to see how I was feeling - for Shame on them. Now to deal with the pain and wait for the results. Might consider doing my back if the results are worth the pain, but I doubt that I will. Thank you all the Ice Packs are really helping.
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I also had severe pain. I also called the office where I had the procedure done and spoke with the receptionist, telling him I was in agony. He told me he would give the doctor the message immediately. She never called me back. To not receive a follow up phone call after a procedure is bad enough, but to not get a call back when you are experiencing a complication is inexcusable. I also contacted the company via their website. I received an email after some time went by basically saying too bad this happened, we are now closing the case since it has been over 30 days, I responded that it had not been 30 days yet and received essentially the same response, Immediately after the procedure, the medical assistant told me I might have "late onset" pain, that most people did. She said they are supposed to fill out a form for complications for the FDA when when side effects such as severe pain occur but they never do because it happens to everybody and would be too much paperwork. My take on it is that the offices are in it for the money and they and the company are engaged in actively covering up complications so as to retain FDA approval.
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If they told people about the pain they would lose clients. And when pain or problems arise, they always tell you it is unusual. You will always be made to feel like you are the oddity. All "mistakes" or complications will be denied and you will be made to feel like you are the "hysterical female." My experience with plastic surgeons is they are like car salesmen. Once you "drive" that procedure off the lot, they deny everything. And fyi, they cannot take "criticism." All pre-surgery conversation will be vague and later they will tell you they fully versed you on all possible complications and side effects.
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Alice you are right . That was my experience with large applicator on lower abs. I am very petite and device sucked in whole belly. I was swollen for 5 weeks and in pain and discomfort whole time and doctor said it was me. I did see result after 8 weeks when dust settled and a kicked up exercise routine produced a noticable result. I cancelled the second appointment too much pain and not enough gain but I have to say if I did the second round I probably would have gotten the result I wanted and they promised. Still I did see result but after 5 months still haven't gone back for second application pain does go away but the memory of it still lingers after 5 months!!
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Hi out there I just have to comment because I too am in severe pain like so many of you , on day 7 now my upper abs used cool fit . Same thing happened on lower an with cool max 3-5 day after treatment started feeling the intense nerve pain for me started to get better on day 8 I'm hoping the same for this round. I am a medical esthetician And work with a plastic surgeons practice this is considered late onset pain it effects about10% of patients and usually a smaller frame with the larger piece. For me the only thing that makes it bare able is ice pacs with compression garment. I will say it is up to the practice to inform the patient about all side effects and knowing the possibility of these side effects makes it less scary if it happens to you. My clients are always informed of these issues I am walking example hit me twice it sucks but you do get through it. I won't be doing it again as far as the results go I have not had one dissatisfied patient and I deffenatly got results from treatment 1. The practice needs to make sure you are a good candidate that is key. Good luck.
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I agree. I had my lower abdomen done 6 days ago. First of all, it was very painful the entire 60 minutes! The pain never went away as they said it would... At the end I almost passed out from the experience. It was so bad, I would never have done it had I known. Now I've been in bad pain over the past few days and they just prescribed Vicodin. Yet, they say it's "unusual" to have such pain. But as I read these blogs, I am not that unusual! Why are they glossing over it? Why don't they give some type of pain block before? And the FDA should make the marketing materials be more realistic!
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Had the larger cup used on my abdomen last week and it feels like a third-degree burn with the occasional stabbing sensation. I don't regret having the procedure done, but I wish I had been prepared for the pain. Thankfully I did a little research on here and read that some of you found relief with compression garments...finally got a full nights sleep.
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Painful CoolSculpting is a reality that happens to a minority of people. But, if you are one of the people in the minority, who cares if it doesn't hurt others. The pain can be quite significant. We are always prepared to prescribe neuron tin, a non-narcotic pain medication that works specifically for nerve pain, the type of pain people experience with Coolsculpting if they have any pain at all.
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learn to spell what you prescribe.
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Shut up. Don't try to beat someone down that was trying to be helpful. Negative for no reason.
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You say it is a minority, but every person on this forum has had significant pain. The medical assistant where I had it done told me afterwards that everyone experiences late onset pain and that although they are supposed to report it, they don't because it would be too much paperwork.
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I haven't had one patient complain about any significant pain from the office I work at. Also Two of my friends and my Mom all had two areas done with great results and no serious complaints just soreness. I would imagine the % of people that complain on here compared to the amount of people that have had coolsculpting with no problem is a small number. I am going to try it for myself soon and will post.
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I had no pain the first time, the 2nd treatment OMG the pain, it hurt so bad. 3 days later the pain was awful. A friend told me to use cortisone cream and wear spandex. That helped ALOT. I did not get any results after 2 treatments 5 months apart. Got a free 6 hr treatment coming up. I am so nervous. I would rather have my money back.
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Stay away from the large applicator, it's the one that has the most pain associated with it. If you stick with the smaller applicator it's not anywhere near as bad. Also, areas like flanks, back are that sensitive. Lower ab is the worst
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correction to above. I meant the flanks and lower back are NOT that sensitive.
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I agree as far as the torso goes. Abs were bad while I never even noticed any pain with the flanks. But the very worst are was not on my torso, it was my ARMS. Awful! The itching, tingling, shooting pains were so bad. But my arms are looking better and better every day! So, for me the overall pain was temporary and now I'm seeing such great results. I have my 90 day evaluation next week, so I will post some updated photos then.
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