I had my upper and loer abdomin done 5.5 days ago. I would say I have 50% numbness remaining but last night the pain became much worse. It is not the cramping that was described but an intermittent electric pain. It is more surface that deep but by times it is shockingly sever and I have to catch my breath. I am taking 800mg motrin and 100 mg tylenol every 6 hours. I have had cancer and multiple surgeries, I have never taken a narcotic. I have never had this much pain. What now ?
Cool Sculpting Post Op Pain?
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CoolSculpting Pain Post Treatment
Severe pain is very rare after CoolSculpting by Zeltiq
What you're describing is so rare that you should not be asking for internet opinions, but you should see the doctor who supervised the treatment. Is it just a sensory hypersensitivity or is it some more serious unusual complication that hasn't been described? Some patients, although very rare, do have a very significant hypersensitivity for a few weeks preventing them from wearing their clothing comfortably. This is very rare and possibly what you're experiencing. See your doctor for an evaluation and treatment.
CoolSculpting and Pain
It is rare for people to experience the type of pain you are describing. But, many offices providing CoolSculpting will prapare the patient for the possibility of pain. In my practice, my Nurse practitioner or PA can prescribe Neurontin, a non-narcotic pain reliever that can address nerve pain.
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Pain After CoolSculpting
Typically, there is minimal to no downtime after the treatment though patients may experience temporary pain or discomfort. Side effects can include redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness to the touch, cramping, itching, tingling, and numbness. Numbness can persist up to several weeks after a procedure. What you are experiencing is normal. Since it has only been 5 days since the treatment, give your body some time to recover. Best of luck.
Pain after Coolsculpting
Pain after Coolsculpting the lower abdomen is not uncommon. We warn our patients at length to expect this though may only occur 4-5% of the cases. We also treat our patients that have this with a topical lidocaine patch and reassurance that it will resolve.
Topical anesthetics work will to controll post coolsculpting discomfort
Many patients develop post treatment "dyskinesias" after coolsculpting. It is limited and will gradual subside with time. I have found that topical anesthetics work well to control the discomfort until it goes away. Ask your physician for a Lidocaine 4 or 5% cream prescription.
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