Sorry my post will ramble a bit, don’t have a lot of time to tidy it.
Part of the reason why I don’t come here often is that I get frustrated when people only focus on one substance to cure them and ignore other comments regarding other things that can help to some extent. I fully understand this, I spent years only focusing on what substance I should take to make complete recovery, and I ignored the small things I can do that can make a difference. This is what my post is about, and I have come here often to suggest that we compile a list of dos and donts on many many levels, not just food.
Here is where I am at
After I crashed in april 2013, I reached a stable new-equilibrium toward 2017, where my symptoms of genital numbness are no longer a daily constant issue (decreased from 6 to between 0-3 max), and my libido is not always very low, and my energy level and brain fog are completely absolutely gone, my sleep is better (but I take clonazepam), and my depression is way way better (I take lamictal).
I hope I won’t jinx myself, but these horrible days of brain fog are long over, and when I have numbness and shrinkage, then my reaction is: “what did I do wrong” and sure enough there is something that triggered it. It is not enough, I want a complete recovery, I am not satisfied with what I have now, at least I want to be constantly 80% better all the time no matter what I do and eat, but so far this has not been possible, there are things that can trigger me, and I need to avoid them.
I recently noticed that taking Vitamin D daily helps me, while few years back it would help then would cause a crash. Now it seems that I can take it. Last time I took it I became so horny over many days, but I did not want that back then. Now I started taking again, and I can keep you updated.
So my point is that we should not underplay the things that worsen symptoms, and they make a lot of sense once I look into them, and for everyone’s benefit we should compile a list.
LOW CARB. I even avoid fruits.
Exercise, especially low rep high intensity, especially lower body, other people have reported the same. These increase T organically.
eat green, not any green and not any veggie, but the ones we do not suspect to affect hormone. For example I avoid broccoli and squash. TO be on the safe side I load up on spinash and arugula, and east eggs, steak, eggplants, hummus, … whatever is not known to be harmful… Some are, such as parsely. So not because it is green it is good, we have to compile a list… if we want to imrpove.
I took progresterone for a while, have a post on it a while back, and that was something I am pretty sure helped me. I am not making any advise here, it is dangerous to mess with the body especially with hormones. But I remember I did very very diligent research, noted the experience of every single user on this forum and other forums, and weighed the pros and cons. I did about 2-3 months of that. Once every two days very small quantity rubbed on my calves. Which is one of the reason I think ESTROGEN is a problem. See more below.
I did not notice an effect of masturbation. I now do much less on purpose but that is for the pelvic pain. If not I would do more, it did not harm me when I am not in pain. I had sex multiple times a day, with the use of Cialis, as long as my libido is above 4/10.
I avoided messing with hormones, no supplements to boost libido nor anything. With one exception, on days where I meet a new girl and my fear trumps my horniness, I might use a bit of androgel, and it works great. But I used it like only 15 times since 2014.
Before sex I always take a mix of viagra and cialis. I find the mix of both better than either. Cialis on its own does not give you libido-proof erection, viagra is more likely to do so, but a combination allows me to have sex the next day without having to run and take some more while the girl is around.
most important of all Something that is often dismissed here, and I wonder why, I can bet I will have a couple of replies at most on this: I learned about the substances that set me back really bad… And I realized they are EVERYWHERE. And unless we can make a list of these things we are playing with fire without knowing it.
Example: I noticed that after I put a moisterizer, a specific one, I am more likely to have some numbness the next day, I was never certain of why, and whether something else is causing it. I then studied it and looked up PARABENS. Are you guys aware of that? I am sure some are, but not everyone. Parabens increase Estrogen (the inhibit a receptor that converts active estrogen to an inactive or less potent form). The problem: They are everywhere, check your moisterizer, your mouth wash, your body wash, your shampoo. If you see paraben, I would throw it. Last week I threw everything out. Last year I thought it was just my moisterizer, I am not discovering it is even in my mouth wash. How can you make consistent recovery if you are taking something that makes healthy men less mainly. Don’t take my work for it, check websites written on this…
Some of the other things I avoid (and I really hope you guys can contribute to that and share your experience) are below. I do not exagerate when I say most of these things will set me back weeks, i.e. I have bad symptoms for weeks.
- soy obviously (did you know mayonnaise has soy?)
- sugars, any and all, I only take lower sugar fruits from time to time, unfortunately because I do like fruits.
- all high glycemic carb. As you can see, this eliminates a lot of carbs… Especially bread, rice, pasta.
- chocolate, I def noticed its effect
- TEA, absolutely not
- cofffee, so so… not a deal breaker like tea… to me at least.
- squash and similar veggies
- everything with parabens in it. I am sure I am missing a lot of estrogenic substances that I do not know of. Wish someone can help us here…
- smoking not great … Not a major trigger but overtime it slows me in that department
- alcohol: I just drink socially, a couple of beers when I have to, sometimes more, but that is something I have only been able to do since 2016-17. Before that is was bad.
- watching too much porn. I thing everyone knows that by now.
Personality wise: Depressions lowers T and confidence increases it, it has been studied. Self pitty, guilty as charged, is bad for us… Lamictal is the only antidepressant I tried that did not have side effects…
Anyway, whomever is willing to help us compile a list of things we should avoid (food, cosmetics, household items, all chemicals) would be great, and I am happy to speak with you anytime. We can have a phone conversation.
I have to be honest: Research is unlikely to come up with a drug for us anytime soon (not in the next 5 years at the very least, guaranteed, our problem is way too complicated), so our only hope is to make progress on the margins.
I realize that my advise is similar to many of the success stories, I do NOT consider myself a success story, but I can see that if I manage to avoid all estrogenic and harmful substances, I can slowly get to that elusive firm 90% without setbacks.