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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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For me, the nerve pain fade out completely at the end of week 2. I'm at week 3 and I almost have no numbness on my belly. I still feel some sore spots when I press it. And I can see a slight difference in my fat tissue when i sit (belly roll).
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In my consultation, I asked about the pain and was told that only happens when you use the large device, not the small one. 11 days ago I had 3 sections done (lower abdomen and each side of my waist) with the small device. True to the brochure, the procedure was fairly painless. After an initial discomfort, the area was numb for the remaining 50 minutes before the 5-minute massage, which was painful. I thought the worst was over. Not So. I have a high-pain tolerance and have given birth to two large babies without an epidural, but the recovery from CoolSculpting has been the most painful experience of my life. Not only did I swell up the first 3 days so that I could not wear pants or underwear, but although numb on the outside, I felt like I had been beaten with a bat on the inside. I could not sleep or sit upright, and Tylenol 3 did not help. About Day 5, the "zaps" started which must be what the nerve pain with shingles feels like. Just when I thought I had really damaged myself, on Day 9, I started feeling more normal. Almost all the bloating is down and I can sleep, and it only hurts when I press on it. I haven't seen one bit of slimming, and hope that I didn't get completely suckered by spending all this morning to feel such pain without any result. I would not recommend this to anyone.
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Agreed.... Wow! I have three prescriptions. Oxy a muscle relaxer and ambian. Helps a bit. But geeze....I'm day 11 and my hips visually look fine but road rash feeling does not seem to be getting better. I had large devise 2 hours each side. I'm wondering when the pain will go away. I'm not a whimp at all but when nothing can touch you without a piercing sensation seems odd!
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well help us out - did the nerve block work?
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False advertising.......I could not sleep for several days.....NOT ONE BIT OF CHANGE.............am out big money and consider it a scam.
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Total bad advertising.....it hurts like hell.
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I'm on day 4 and I'm still sore and numb. I had my upper abs done. Didn't need to take meds so far. The itching is making me crazy and I'm trying to relief it with the use of ice packs. I will wait the 2 months to check the results and only then have the lower abdomen done.
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Day 7 had two large lower done and then 4 days ago had two small upper. The pain is horrible and agree with comments that consultants are not forthcoming regarding the pain. I have not been able to put on jeans in a week. I think I may call for pain meds.
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I am on day 8. I was prescribed neurontin and I've been taking it before bed for 3 days now. It hasn't worked at all. I had some codiene left from my tubal ligation (which all I needed was regular Tylenol for). The codiene has been a life saver. The pain is still there, but very dull.
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I will say the lower abdomen was uncomfortable but nothing I could not handle. No pain afterwards.
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Are you trying compression garment and curacaine? It really worked for me I didn't really have any of it, but I sure didn't get out of compression out of fear, lol. When the itchy, stingy sunburn feel started I rubbed curacaine on it, it is an anti itch cream, I am 4 weeks from 1st session, big cup on tummy, and 2 weeks later had a 2nd in the same place. I am almost fully un-numb now.
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I totally agree with Soniak. This is my experience. Lots of pain 4th thru 9th day so far. at night up. over the counter pain meds are not working.
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Sounds like what I went through...........I'm usually pretty tolerant of pain but not this time.............I was to have three treatments.....upper belly, belly and lower belly. Started with upper..................then cancelled the second two. It has been 5 months and there is absolutely not one bit of difference in the area I had treated.................so, I'm out $1200 and feel stupid for even trying it. The TV ads are full of how simple and easy and painless it is................in my opinion this is false advertising! Buyer beware.
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The shooting pains are nerves waking up. That is a good thing, hurts a lot... but try to think about it as a good thing (LOL). I am putting Arnicare (Arnica) on, it is helping. I already take Lyrica, so I am hoping it helps and I plan on returning to bikram yoga tomorrow and try to sweat out the dead fat!
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Update. The 105 degree room seems and bodywork have helped out the pain to the point it is nearly gone. Urine tends to look like someone poured canola oil into the toilet the following day.
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I had my sides done 4 months ago and it really worked,. I was a bit red for about a week but noi pain. Just had my lower abs done and it has been painful, it has only been 4 days so I will let you know how it goes.
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I had my sides done 4 months ago and there was no pain after, and just had my lower abs done 4 days ago and it is painful now. I have been told that the pain will last for about ten more days. Results from the sides were AMAZING. The pain is uncomfortable but bearable, lets hope it goes away soon.
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Have you asked for a prescription for the Neurontin (gabapentin)? It really helps, the narcotic painkillers (vicodin etc) doesn't help nearly as much.
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Thank you doctor! I will call the office today and ask them for a prescription! I couldn't sleep last night, again. My story is exactly like yours, the description of the pain and the feeling of helplessness is just the same. If you don't mind me asking, did you see significant results? Thank you again and have a great day!
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It has been 8 days for me and I still can't sleep at night, the pain is pretty bad. I have been taking Neurontin for 2 days now and it has not helped.
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I had my first treatment June 20th and experienced some tolerable discomfort after about four days and subsiding by my second treatment which was July 25th. The second procedure was a lot more painful during treatment but the after pain almost makes me sick to my stomach. It's a constant feeling of heated needles pricking your muscles. I have a high tolerance to pain although if this goes on for three weeks I'll be calling UNCLE. Hope it works!
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It seems the large applicator on the lower abs is the worse. I've all areas treated but with the smaller applicator and while a little discomfort, no big pain.
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Its been over a m onth since the procedure. I wish I had spent the money on an exercise bike or something. It was horribly painful,and I am embarrassed that I was stupid enough to do this. I don't recommend it . Its a waste of money. You will feel like you got chumped!
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Oddly enough I find exercise helps too. I was uncomfortable all day then did aerobics and feel better. But I definitely have milder discomfort than most other postees
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Holy crap.....wish I had read all of these posts BEFORE I had my stomach done last week. Today is day 5 and I am in terrible pain. I have already told the office to cancel my second treatment....I paid in advance and hope they will refund. Don't recommend this to anyone.
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