Exquisite Pain After Zeltiq - Towson, MD

I had zeltiq done on my abdomen and flanks about 1...

I had zeltiq done on my abdomen and flanks about 1 week ago (9 days). I have had severe stabbing pins-needle type pain in the treated areas since, where I am unable to sleep. No relief with over-the-counter pain meds. When I had the zeltiq done, the practictioner said that I should do another cycle to maximize results. This wasn't something they had discussed beforehard, but now said had to do immediately to increase the "freezing." I was already in a vulnerable position, and felt like I had to defer to their expertise. I think it was unethical to spring this on me, and then not discuss potential risks. I can't help but think I wouldn't be in such pain if I had stuck to the single cycle. I wish I could go back and not get this done.

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As for the pain....exquisite is a good descriptor. I was trying to explain to a friend last night what it was like...I do now know that the pain is from disturbances of the nerves from procedure. When I told my friend it is not really pins and needles, but more like electrical shock pain, and if a light piece of fabric brushed the area, it sent me through the roof. My friend said 'that is what shingles feels like!' I guess I don't ever want shingles after this, but i will do other areas but be prepared for the pain which lasted till day 13.
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So, to be clear. You had one hour of Coolsculpting done, then another hour on the same area immediately after. On the same day?
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Yes, the provider recommended it. 2 weeks post now, the pain is much better, still have numbness but I was warned about that. I had to take Vicodin for several evenings to be able to sleep.
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