I have 2 bulging/herniated discs, one at L5-S1 and another at L1-L2. These have been bothering me on and off for the past 3 years. They are not bad enough for surgery. I have tried the epidural steroid injections, Mackenzie method stretching, chiropractic - multiple methods by multiple doctors, pain meds, physical therapy, rest, massage therapy, etc.. And I haven't felt much relief. For the past 10 months my pain has been near constant. It is a real understatement to say what a pain this has been, especially the sciatica down my left leg. Sitting, especially driving, or riding in the car has been the worst! I have had to stop exercising, other than McKenzie method stretches and walking, and I used to be a gym rat, and enjoyed road biking, hiking, etc...but this has all but put a stop to all of that!
Anyway, fast forward to last week, just 7 days ago, I finally decided to try getting an Intradiscal Ozone Injection. This is an injection directly into the disc that is bulging. And the injection consists of ozone (which is energized oxygen or O3) and oxygen. I live in the US, on the western side. And in the US, Ozone Injections are considered alternative medicine, unfortunately. So they were not covered by my health insurance. But I researched the Intradiscal Ozone Injections a lot, and I felt confident based on the risk and my research. I found about 5 different doctors in the US who do this, most of them are on the East Coast. I chose a doctor in New Jersey to perform the procedure.
The procedure went very well. It was done in a surgery center. I had mild IV sedation. The doctor used guided X-ray to inject the ozone directly into the disc. (Doing both discs.). Then he injected a little steroid in the area around the disc, after he injected the ozone in the disc. Then I had to lay flat on my back for 4 hours after the procedure. For the first 2 days after the procedure I felt no pain, presumably because of the novacaine type pain reliever injected at the time of the procedure. Gradually after the second day, my pain started returning. But it so far hasn't got as bad as it was before. Starting yesterday, and including today, my pain has started decreasing. And so I am cautiously optimistic!!
Has anyone else had an Intradiscal Ozone Injection (not to be confused with prolozone) and was it effective for you? The doctor told me this typically takes 2-4 weeks to take effect, though some experience results sooner, and some a bit later. He said a person typically only needs 1 injection (into each bulging disc) to be effective. I'm looking for others to share their experiences with Ozone Injections into the disc. And I will update in the coming weeks on my progress.