Day 31: Thanks for your support guys. It does encourage me to keep going !
I lowered clonazepam again yesterday.
Day 28 I took 4 mg clonazepam.
Day 29 I took 3.5 mg clonazepam and 2.5 mg of the anti-histamine Hydroxyzine. That’s a quarter of a 10 mg pill (sold over the counter and 10 times cheaper then clonazepam), it’s a very low dose. I slept without waking up, or barely. Sleep quality was good.
Day 30: I took only 3 mg clonazepam and 2.5 mg hydroxyzine. I slept good again. 7.5/10. I wake up less groggy and although I’m waking up a bit during the night, I go right back to sleep and overall quality of sleep is good. I get productive days.
This means two things. First, that my doctor is an idiot. He prescribed a drug to treat seizures, panic disorder, and for a movement disorder known as akathisia. I have none of those. I did have anxiety linked to food allergies and aggravated by bad guts flora, and I fixed it by doing a ketogenic / carnivore diet and then using gelatin and probiotics.
I should not have gone over 5 gr. a day for gelatin. Anyone trying this should start with 1 gr., incrementing by 1 gr a day until reaching 5 gr, and stop at first sign of trouble. Look my The use of Collagen thread for this. It’s great to fix leaky gut that creates food allergies and aggravate auto-immune response, including against AR and Orexin producing neurons. Anxiety and insomnia can also be induced by an auto immune response to a food allergy. And I’m not talking about an obvious food allergy like someone taking peanut butter and getting swollen like a balloon before dying, I’m talking about all the food allergies that are more subtle and give you headaches or bloating for example.
So anyway, the side effect of clonazepam is somnolence. So the doctor basically prescribed it to me for the side effects. No wonder it doesn’t always work. I might as well go see a dentist to treat my pfs !!!
Second, It means my insomnia is the result of a condition called narcolepsy, which is a lack of Orexin generally caused in human by an auto immune response; the immune system killing the Orexin producing neurons. This condition is characterized by the inability to consolidate sleep during the night, transitioning frequently and rapidly between sleep and wakefulness (I call it a dreaming zombie state as it looks like I’m not sleeping, but I can tell I do because I have superficial dreams. I get no rest from this and the next day, i’ll be sleepy, tired, have brain fog and basically be incapacitated all day) . Narcolepsy is also characterized by the inability to consolidate wakefulness during the day which means feeling foggy, tired and sleepy all day, without being able to take a nap. Quick survey: Anyone had this before ? Do you recognize this ?
Narcolepsy is often accompanied (for 70% of people) by a condition known as known as cataplexy. It manifests itself as sudden muscular weakness, speech slur and vision impairment. Anyone recognize that in their symptoms ?
So I’m going to take the steps described above to achieve Three results regarding the lack of Orexin:
- First, I will try to get the Orexin producing neurons I have left to produce more of it.
- Second, I will try to get the Orexin receptors to work more efficiently by protecting them from glucose (which inhibits them) by using Lactate and Pyruvate.
- Third, I will take low doses of gelatin to prevent leaky guts and food allergies, in an attempt to avoid auto immune response and protect the precious Orexin producing neurons I have left as well as ease the pressure on my Androgen Receptors.
Meanwhile, considering the histamine complex is also instrumental in the wakefulness / sleepiness regulation, I will see how I can use anti-histamine to temporarily help with my insomnia until I can improve my lack of Orexin problem.
There is evidence my vagus nerve has been affected as well. Here as some symptom of the vagus nerve working improperly: fatigue, food sensitivities, anxiety, depression, gut problems, brain fog, depersonalization, gastric reflux, poor emptying of food from the stomach into the intestine, upper abdominal fullness, heartburn, nausea, burping, upper abdominal pain, bloating, Quick survey: Anyone had this before ? If you answer yes, which one ? I had three quarter of that, including all the digestive ones.
To promote my vagus nerve health, I’m going to do the following:
- Take cold shower (it stimulates the vagus nerve)
- Take probiotics
- Meditate and give benediction to people around me (sounds weird, but it affects the vagus nerve)
- Gargle water before swallowing it, doing tongue depression (as when visiting the doctor), chanting Om or singing very loud (not sure my surrounding would appreciate) all stimulate the vagus nerve.
- Acupuncture to the ear can achieve this as well.
- Take 5-HTP (which I already do)
- Chew sugar free gum.
- Acetylcholine is the main vagal neurotransmitter. So I’ll continue taking Choline to strenthen my Acetylcholine complex.
- High protein / high fat diet increases CCK and stimulates the vagus nerve. Again , that’s my ketogenic / carnivore diet.
My vagus nerve seems to do pretty good after taking probiotics, 5-HTP, Choline, and the diet I’m doing. I’m listing this for the use of others and I will use those tips as back up whenever, I see symtoms of understimulated vagus nerves. Priority will go to Orexin because if i can get rid of insomnia, I’ll be 98% symptom free. That is not a cure, but I can be symptom free until time heals me and it’ll be just fine.
I though of starting a new thread on insomnia, but instead of splitting up into multiple subject, I will continue on this thread. insomnia is a neurological symptom after all.
As for the sexual symptoms, many of which seems to have to do with problems with the AR, auto immune response and what’s going on in the hypothalamus / Hypophysis. It is my opinion people should first take care of their neurological and autoimmune symptoms as fixing this increases things like sex drive, erections and sensibility.
I will continue posting on Amino Acids for Sexual Symptoms but not as frequently as on this thread.
I’ll keep you posted as always.