Exreme nerve pain several days following Coolsculpting?? Here's my theory
- Santa Monica, CA
- 3 months ago
Hi everyone! I thought I'd share my experience with Coolsculpt since I may be a unique case someone can possibly relate to. I have also devised a logical theory in regards to my personal experience with the procedure from speaking to my physician friends and colleagues following my intense nerve pain from the procedure five days after the initial application (like shards of glass grinding in me everytime I moved with sporadic shocks of electrical current zooming through my body!). I would like to point out, however, that the procedure itself was virtually pain free for me, and quite pleasant. Here's some background on me: I have an extremely high pain tolerance. I've been like that my whole life (I.e. Don't get numb before Botox, don't need numbing cream for any laser procedures, asked for minimal pain reliever during Smartlipo where I was awake the whole time and felt most of the suctioning happening in my body.... Didn't feel great, but hey, I can tolerate it). Also, another important thing to note that might impact my post-Coolsculpt experience is that I'm already a slim girl (which might actually be the issue). In my 30's, 5'8" and 115 lbs. I have a very slim bone structure (hence my low weight) but have been plagued by tiny bulges of fat on my upper thighs that look disproportionate to me my genetically skinny arms. Because of this, I was told I was a good candidate for Coolsculpt (yes, my fat on inner thighs was in fact "pinchable" .... And believe it or not but the nurse treating me did mention that she had done Coolsculpt on women much skinnier than me... Granted, I live in LA but whoa). An important thing to point out is that two years ago I had Smartlipo on my outer thighs (and yes, it WORKS!) which led me to having some lumpy unevenness on one of the outer thighs of my legs. I was hoping Coolsculpt would "smooth" this deformity out. So, more or less, I was looking to smooth out and even out my outer thighs and maybe lose a 1/2 inch if fat in my inner thighs (I never had Smartlipo done on inner thighs). Here's what I experienced:Coolsculpt outer thighs (previously exposed to Smartlipo):-no pain during initial Coolsculpt application (butterfly application, no suction)-EXTREME nerve pain on day 5 that felt like shards of glass, crawly creepy fiery ants, electrical shock all around my thighs, can barely sleep and barely move....(I'm currently on Day 7 and the pain seems to me getting worse)Coolsculpt inner thighs (NOT previously exposed to Smartlipo):-no pain during initial Coolsculpt application (suction cup)-slight numbness one week after and no pain/numbness now (I'm currently on Day 10)Why is it my inner thighs did not feel pain at all and my outer thighs have been downright excruciating?! I'd like to think it's because it's "working" but I've come to the conclusion (from doing tons of research while sitting here in agonizing pain) that it's because there are more exposed nerve endings that were impacted in my outer thighs either due to minimal fat being there or from having had Smartlipo there already.I'm waiting on a Rx for a nerveblock med from my physician (since ibuprofen and Vicodin have not worked to relieve the pain) so I can attempt to live a somewhat normal life tomorrow. I am confident Coolsculpt will be worth it in the end but I can truly say that as of right now, my Smartlipo procedure (which I felt most of whilst being awake during the procedure) was far Less painful than what I am feeling now. However, I am a strong believer of beauty is pain so if this procedure works than this pain is worth it regardless because there are no scars from it being non-invasive. Not sure if my experience can help anyone better understand theirs, but if you want any updates on mine, let me know...and I'll be happy to keep updating/sharing!