Hi all -
I used to visit the site under a different username up until 4 years ago when I decided I would try to live my life as best I could with my symptoms from PFS. Long story short, I had slowly increasing cognitive and mental sides while on Propecia for ~3 years, and once I quit, crashed (nearly a decade ago). While I had significant sides on the P, my cognitive/anxiety sides post-crash forced me to leave work for a year.
Over time, my sexual sides have greatly improved, and improved to the point where only I would know something isn’t working/feeling as well as it did pre-fin. Sensitivity is not what it once was, but performance is not an issue.
However, anxiety, depressive, and cognitive sides never relented to the same degree as the sexual sides. About 2 years ago, I had made peace with the fact I likely would never be 100%. This peace was possible because though my memory, ability to process details, and general physical calmness (no more heart palpitations, yay!) were not great, I no longer felt ill to the point that life was just an exercise in enduring suffering. I even got to the point where I could say I generally felt happy again.
Unfortunately, after a chaotic withdrawal from counsel in my suit against Merck by my former attorneys, a withdrawal for reasons which have still not been made clear to me, my illness has taken a turn for the worse. The stress of the unexplained withdrawal and the attempt to compel responses from my former counsel through another attorney has caused a minor uptick in my sexual sides, but a major uptick in my anxiety and depression sides.
This uptick has gone on for 7 months now, and I’ve had to go back on non-SSRI anti-depressants in order to get some relief from suicidal ideation. I’m currently receiving psychological help as well, and I’m struggling to find what I’ve got left in the tank to fight back from this downturn. Nearly a decade of anxiety and cognitive sides, with the first few years being a lesson in the extreme of how horrible one can feel, that’ll wear a man out…feels awkward to naturally say “man” now, given I was by all accounts a “kid” when this started.
Yet, outside how I feel, the measurables of my life are now quite good - fiance, enjoyable job, strong income, active social life, great family, pretty fit. Given the quality of my external life, and the fact most people seem to have had significant success in mental side improvements, I think I’m able to give recovery another disciplined run.
Not sure who is still around from the back when (e.g. Boston, awor, Mew, japanther, Tim), but if anyone wants to chat, feel free to PM me (especially if you have a competent attorney, ha!).
Anyhow, over the next 2 weeks, I’m going to be planning out my next approach to recovery. Once that plan is complete, I think I’d like to share progress and regression here for at least a period of time in order to help hold myself accountable/enforce discipline.
Thanks for reading and best wishes.