"I have my life back" - Ann, 63
After years of suffering from work-related injuries and debilitating physical pain as a roller for a construction company, I had almost given up hope of making a full recovery. Treatment after treatment, procedure after procedure, life became about nothing more than managing the pain. I thought it was my fate to suffer the consequences of the career I had chosen.
I am originally from San Diego, a single mother of two kids, now 31 and 33 and a grandmother of 5! For most of my adult life, I worked as a roller, a physically demanding job that strains the body and can lead to a number of health problems – just as it did in my case.
My troubles began some 14 years ago. In 2004, I suffered a herniated disk in my neck, which required surgery. The doctors put a metal plate in but from there, things only got worse. My tonsils had to be removed, and I eventually developed fibromyalgia. It seemed as though I had to undergo at least one surgery per year over the next 10 years.
I was in constant, terrible pain throughout my neck, shoulder, and back. It was unbearable and I struggled to make it through each day. I was given opioids to help dull the pain. They cause some side effects, but anything was preferable to the pain. They allowed me to resume some semblance of a normal life.
I had been a patient of Dr. Patricia Deckert for more than 20 years. Over those years, we had explored many alternative options for the pain but nothing had helped enough to stop taking the pain medications. Then, in 2017, she told me about Ozone Therapy. She also reminded me that some of my pain was actually due to withdrawal from the pain medications.
I decided to give Ozone Therapy a chance. I was willing to try anything that would help me stop popping pills for the pain. Dr. Deckert started giving me trigger point injections into the precise areas where I had pain – across my upper back and shoulders. At first, I received the shots once a week. Gradually, I was able to move to once every two weeks, and soon to once a month.
Due to the incredible pain relief I felt, I was able to taper off of my opioid prescription. I am now free of pain – unless I overdo it – and I come in as needed for more injections.
I remember when I used to require pain medication to enjoy the simple pleasures in life like horseback riding. Today, I am able to ride without the need for drugs and I feel as though I have my life back. The daily pain is gone and I am free to make the most out of life.
I am so grateful to Dr. Deckert. Without her, I would not be where I am today. Ozone Therapy changed the quality of my life and gave me a new lease on life. I am now enjoying life to the fullest with my two kids!
To say I have my life back would be an understatement.