I had Coolsculpting 3 days ago to my abdomen w/the largest treatment piece. I am not overweight but just wanted a flatter tummy w/o any surgery/incisions. I was wrong in believing the md office and Zeltiq rep. that there wouldn't be any downtime. I had it done one day during my lunch break and felt fine during the procedure-I even fell asleep! When they removed the handpiece, I experienced the WORST pain of my life! I was crying and it felt like someone was dragging a sharp knife through my intestines. The nurse looked surprised and told me I was "the first person" to experience the most pain in having the handpiece removed. It resolved completely in about 5 minutes but it would've been nice if I had been prepared for it.
I went back to work and worked the next 2 days fine, with just a little soreness. (although not necessary, a compression garment DID help me during those days w/the discomfort.) From last night until tonight, the pain has doubled. There is no "tingling" or superficial "zings", it is a DEEP, SHARP and CRAMPING pain and I cannot even stand up straight. The ideal situation for me would have been to take 2 weeks off from work taking medication to ease the pain and resting (ESPECIALLY when having your abdomen treated as you use the core of your body in everything you do!) It is not a surgery but definitely feels like it!
Even if I DO get the desired results, the experience was bad and it could've been 100% better if offices would just LISTEN to the experiences of their patients and share that w/others considering it. I would've appreciated their honesty and still would've gone through w/the procedure if they had warned me about the possible 2 weeks of pain. Now, I just feel lied to and as though they don't care about me for not prescribing any meds. Needless to say, I cannot take any time off from work and sure hope this gets better soon! :( Sending hope to all those out there going through this right now!