How Many Ozone Treatments Make A Peripheral Neuropathy Cure?
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Dr Dulitsky, informed me that I would need about 6 to 10 treatments with the ozone injections to get the recovery for my peripheral neuropathy I was seeking.
At first I thought this was more visits than I had expected after watching the videos of other patients of his. Still I had to trust him, as he has had a lot of experience with treating people with PN.
Over the next few weeks, I noticed an increase in the duration of the effect I was receiving from the ozone injections. Dr Edward, told me this would be the case, as effects of the ozone stimulating the regrowth of stem cells around the injured tissue in my spine.
With the problem of bulging discs at L4 and L5 of my lower lumbar, I was experiencing a nerve damage related to the pinching of my spinal nerves which connect to nerves lower down my body, and having flaring effect on the sciatic nerve, which the weeks after my traumatic injuries to my lower back, where extremely painful.
Bulging Disc A Common Problem
One thing I found out reading this book, was that bulging discs or herniated discs are fairly common among the general population. It stated that according to their survey of asymptomatic individuals (no pain) they found that 30% of 20 year olds had a bulging disc. This went all the way up to 84% of 80 year olds. The procedures for examination of people in the survey, were imaging with CT or MR and was taken on 3,110 people.
With this being around 40% of people my age having a bulging disc, and most likely not even realising it, the potential for such a condition to lead to nerve damage due to the pinching or inhibiting of the nerve pathway in my case would be considered fairly high.
It was not something I was aware of, and was only brought in to focus when I suffered inflammation due to the crunching, twisting combination actions I did when surfing or falling off the chair at my birthday party.
So the answer to my question how many treatments equals a recovery, was something I had to just go with the flow and see what the outcomes were to be.
Over the next 10 weeks, I fluctuated a bit, due to my sporting activities causing some additional inflammation and the return of some pain in my toes. When I told Dr Dulitsky about this sudden reversal back to pain again, he asked me, “what have you been doing?”
I told him I was so excited to have my back pain gone and my feet feeling the best they had for a very long time, I was surfing again everyday and running along the beach again.
But then it was starting to undo the hard work already done. He told me to hold off on the impacting, twisting activities otherwise I would undoing the progress.
So for the next 2 months all I did was walk twice a day, for my exercise. This produced a reduction in the pain in my feet and when I felt things needed to be tested again, I eventually returned slowly to my beach jogging and surfing to see what the impact would be.
Nerve Damage Takes Time To Heal
I have had now about 16 treatments and each time the effect is very similar to the first time I was treated. I get instant effects from the ozone injections and then when I go home things settle down with the overall benefit remaining.
Dr Dulitsky assured me that the numbness will take some months to fully heal. The pain has now gone down to a bearable level and the feeling of my feet on the floor again is best when I don’t do anything that impacts my feet. I can surf again and run along the soft sand of the beach, but at this stage I am still getting some impact numbness and pain. It seems the only way to remain completely pain free is to avoid any kind of impact on my still tender nerves.
The actual process for regrowing the myelin sheath on the damaged nerves is something that can be achieved depending the length of time the damage has been in place. Often this is not the case and the nerve damage remains. With the effectiveness of ozone therapy, it is proposed that the long term effect of the stem cell stimulation will lead to the nerve damage being reversed.
Will this happen for me? Only time will tell.
I do know what my feet feel like now and what they were previously like. Western medicine does not hold to any real effectiveness when it comes to ozone therapy, but I have to say it has helped me.
Before I was on the opiate drug Tramadol and was facing the prospect of it and it’s side effects after long term usage, so to be free of that now, in fact it only took a couple of treatments before I was off the meds completely.
The only thing I have needed to do, to make the burning pain relief, (pain level 2 or 3) has been to put my feet into a bucket of cool water. This has been very effective in providing relief when I have had the impacting pain making things uncomfortable.
What Else Can I Do To Relieve Neuropathic Pain?
There is some good help that vitamin therapy can bring from vitamin B12, if that is indeed a deficiency you have and may caused your neuropathy or at least contributed to it.
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