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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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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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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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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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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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Same! The first time I had the large applicator on my lower abs the pain was brutal, and the recovery was three weeks of unrelenting, insatiable prickling. I agree with the other commenters here tgat a compression garment or snug pair of yoga pants were, counterintuively, the most comfort. My second round of the same treatment was almost twice as painful as the first, and without doubt the most painful thing I've ever done, but since then all quiet on the Southern front, no tingling at all.
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I want to ask my doctor for neurotin. Other prescriptions has not worked. I'm just a little afraid that it will effect the results of the coolsculpting. Has anyone took neurotin and has 3 months past. Have you had good or bad results.
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I had a procedure done last Monday 23rd June and I am in severe discomfort - stinging, burning, itching, nausea the list is endless. I totally agree that the clinic completely minimized the post-procedure pain - I've been taking nurofen and paracetamol since Monday evening but with very little effect. My stomach is so swollen I look 5 months pregnant, I've even been asked if I am! If I'd known just how awful the after treatment was going to be, I would never have had cool sculpting - my three deliveries of 4.5kg babies seem like a breeze after this... thank God there are forums out there with other people's experience and symptoms otherwise I'd be seriously freaking out! I feel conned to be honest, all this no downtime spiel is just rubbish, and I was not at all prepared for the aftermath by the clinic. I paid by cheque in three installments, I've a good mind to stop the others! I definitely will not be recommending this to others.
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I really feel for you. Recently, at my 90-day post procedure office visit, they actually confirmed that I had not had "the results they usually expect", meaning absolutely no change in my appearance, and credited the entire cost back on my credit card. The refund was a huge surprise, so I do give the doctor kudos for handling it in this manner. It seems that other people have less discomfort and better results than I experienced or the procedure would not continue to be so popular. I hope you feel better soon.
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Large applicator the worst. All the other ares with smaller applicator are pretty mild.
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Interesting. I tell you what- I was promised some results and none of this was explained to me. so I better see results lol or guess who's calling her attorney
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It's the middle of the night where I am and the pain is excruciating - the second night in a row where I haven't slept a wink. I would never, ever have had the procedure if I'd thought it would be even half as bad as this. Nothing relieves the pain now, it's getting worse as the days go on. I feel so stupid and conned..
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Lidocaine patches usually help with that. So sorry you are going through that. The dr who performed this has a protocol in place to give you prescriptions to alleviate all your pain. You shouldn't be suffering.
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Thanks for your kind responses and advice.
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Another thing to try is Arnica Gel.
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Feel the same!!!
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