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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3100 on: 25/01/2009 18:01:24 »
deloun--
My "theoretical inclinations" with respect to POIS somehwat parallel what you have indicated in your last post i.e. neurotransmitter imbalance/s. However, to reinforce my inclinations (and I repeat these are just inclinations), would you be so kind as to list your symptoms from major to minor. The reason I ask this is due the fact that there is a clear spectrum of symptoms that have been identified in this forum. I have more of an amped up, anxiety response (with moderate fatigue)with insomnia, somewhat different than the majority of sufferers. With respect to POIS, based upon the totality of responses in this forum, it wouldn't surprise me if there were needed many different therapies and strategies depending on the symptoms. In fact, there are different approaches being taken by different memebers now. Also, some members have other underlying medical conditions which may complicate their POIS.

Demo---RE: CAFFEINE
I submit that it is really diffcult to say whether one has totally rid his/her diet of caffeine and sugar. The sugar issue is real complex (see last post). Caffeine is easier. I generally avoid caffeine scrupulously, but I can be seen at the coffee shop with decafe and a chocolate chip cookie. But very rarely, I think.
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3101 on: 25/01/2009 18:07:14 »

Demo---RE: CAFFEINE
I submit that it is really diffcult to say whether one has totally rid his/her diet of caffeine and sugar. The sugar issue is real complex (see last post). Caffeine is easier. I generally avoid caffeine scrupulously, but I can be seen at the coffee shop with decafe and a chocolate chip cookie. But very rarely, I think.

Thanks, Underwater! For now, I'm holding on to caffeine to see what the wonders of Modern Endocrinology have in store for me....WITH coffee :D See you at the espresso palace!
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3102 on: 25/01/2009 18:09:05 »

For those saying that it's a physiological issue, I say that it most certainly is not.


digitalmac, please tell us what your non-physiological take on POIS is! (I asked you this before, on September 12, right after you posted the statement above, but never received a reply).
Thank you.

Demografx, perhaps digitalmac meant "it is not psychological" instead of "it is not physiological"--that seems to best fit the context of his post, especially since he followed that  statement by saying "I'm hoping that there is a relatively simple fix to this problem"--which would not be the case if it stemmed from pyschological trauma. 

But, I guess the best thing would be to hear from digitalmac himself!
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3103 on: 25/01/2009 18:10:53 »
I've had success with taking Fenugreek after seeing it recommended here. Normally my recovery period is 4-5 days. But taking Fenugreek an hour before orgasm cuts that time in half. Taking it *after* orgasm doesn't seem to have any effect.

Digitalmac--could you tell us how many fenugreek capsules you take one hour before orgasm, and what brand you are using?
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3104 on: 25/01/2009 18:13:55 »
Could you please go into detail about "cutting out sugar": sugar additives; sugar contained in sweets, pastries, cookies; certain fruits; sodas etc? Thanks

I'm a big fan of chocolate. For me, cutting out sugar simply means no chocolate milk or chocolate bars. I'd occasionally have a soda when going out to eat. So I've cut that out as well.

digitalmac, please tell us what your non-physiological take on POIS is!

For me, POIS has never seemed like something "all in the head", but rather some part of my body malfunctioning. The first time I experienced severe POIS symptoms was in October 2007. If I think back, I remember having a Venti coffee from Starbucks before having an orgasm that evening. The next 4 days I wondered "what happened". The past year I've suffered on repeat from POIS symptoms.

In my opinion, POIS symptoms are caused by the depletion of the adrenal glands. After a prolonged state of "caffeinism", your body enters a state of adrenal exhaustion. From there, your body is in a constant "fight-or-flight" mode trying to recover. When you have an orgasm, it adds to the existing stress your body is already under. The relapse period is how long it takes to get back the "baseline" of adrenal exhaustion.

Caffeine isn't the only thing that can deplete the adrenal glands though. Stress, nutritional deficiencies, and stimulants (sugar and alcohol) can do the same thing. Here is a good article on the side effects of coffee. Even though it's not directly related to POIS, I feel like there is a strong connection between the POIS systems and caffeine.

newbielink:http://www.naturalnews.com/012352.html [nonactive]

If you are into reading, I'd also recommend a book called "Caffeine Blues".

newbielink:http://www.amazon.com/Caffeine-Blues-Hidden-Dangers-Americas/dp/0446673919/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232905828&sr=8-1 [nonactive]

This week is the best I've felt in a long, long time. I feel normal. It's remarkable! Definitely worth the two weeks of suffering through caffeine withdrawal. It will be interesting to see how my symptoms continue to improve over the next few months.
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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3105 on: 25/01/2009 18:15:08 »
Digitalmac--could you tell us how many fenugreek capsules you take one hour before orgasm, and what brand you are using?

I've been taking two capsules of the Solgar brand Fenugreek.
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3106 on: 25/01/2009 19:07:32 »

Demografx, perhaps digitalmac meant "it is not psychological" instead of "it is not physiological"--


Thanks, guthrie! Even though digitalmac replied, you definitely clarified it for me with your post!
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3107 on: 25/01/2009 19:30:29 »
By the way, has anyone ever pondered the question of whether Pois might eventually have lethal consequences? Sometimes when I'm in Pois mode, I just feel so awful, and I wonder how long my body can put up with this kind of feeling. It's like I'm under a year's worth of stress. I know that some people on this board have suffered from the effects of the Pois curse for a very long time - shouldn't there be some kind of long-term effect on our health if you have to go through this kind of stress for a long time? Like when you actually grow weaker - for good - from certain other kinds of disease?

Also, I sometimes experience some very disturbing problems with my heart when I'm under Pois - it usually starts with my heart "skipping a beat", and a higher pulse. After that I sometimes get slight pains in my left arm for maybe an evening or so. These symptoms usually leave together with the rest of the Pois symptoms. Also, I've had my heart checked several times because of this, even when under Pois - but the doctors didn't find anything alarming.
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3108 on: 25/01/2009 19:34:09 »

In my opinion, POIS symptoms are caused by the depletion of the adrenal glands. After a prolonged state of "caffeinism", your body enters a state of adrenal exhaustion. From there, your body is in a constant "fight-or-flight" mode trying to recover. When you have an orgasm, it adds to the existing stress your body is already under. The relapse period is how long it takes to get back the "baseline" of adrenal exhaustion.


In my discussion with my psychiatrist last week about caffeine, she mentioned that many studies are now showing the benefits of caffeine, even in fighting fatigue. Here is an example of some Harvard studies:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=harvard+study+caffeine&aq=f&oq=
« Last Edit: 25/01/2009 19:37:34 by demografx »
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3109 on: 25/01/2009 19:47:48 »
By the way, has anyone ever pondered the question of whether Pois might eventually have lethal consequences? Sometimes when I'm in Pois mode, I just feel so awful, and I wonder how long my body can put up with this kind of feeling. It's like I'm under a year's worth of stress. I know that some people on this board have suffered from the effects of the Pois curse for a very long time - shouldn't there be some kind of long-term effect on our health if you have to go through this kind of stress for a long time? Like when you actually grow weaker - for good - from certain other kinds of disease?

Also, I sometimes experience some very disturbing problems with my heart when I'm under Pois - it usually starts with my heart "skipping a beat", and a higher pulse. After that I sometimes get slight pains in my left arm for maybe an evening or so. These symptoms usually leave together with the rest of the Pois symptoms. Also, I've had my heart checked several times because of this, even when under Pois - but the doctors didn't find anything alarming.

I would never underestimate the vicious damage potentially wrought by POIS. We have had some extremely desperate situations here at the forum, unfortunately. I had the same experience as you with the heart and the doctors, including cardiologists.

Longterm, I believe that accumulated damage can easily occur. With over 30 years of POIS, I'm sure I would be a different person, all other things being equal. Optimism and motivation must be affected for most people, with either full-blown POIS and/or the threat of POIS always being "just around the corner".

But I'm also optimistic that much of POIS damage can be reversed!
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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3110 on: 25/01/2009 20:01:30 »

... maybe your psychiatrist would add "... if the adrenal glands are ok !" :)


B_Jim, is there a way to test for adrenal glands' health?
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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3111 on: 25/01/2009 20:59:16 »
longwalkhome--
I have pondered your question. I've had a myriad of symptoms over the last 20-30 years (panic/anxiety/pois). But I'm very optimistic. Be strong. This forum will give you strength. I know for sure I was POIS free, anxiety free and panic free, from 1978-1988. I was a serious long distance runner,marathoner,triathlete. Undoubtedly I overwhelmed by body with endorphins. 20 years have passed and I cannot produce that kind of effect. But I swim. It helps a bit. I am about to rid myself of anxiety and panic (last 20 months). POIS remains. It will be diminished also. If I can find something to "take the place" of endorphins, it will be defeated also. History is full of great men and women who suffered immensely but who lived long, fullfilling lives. So we suffer periodically, have serious doubt, lament our mortality. It may even accumulate. But it won't defeat us.
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3112 on: 25/01/2009 21:31:21 »
@demo: I don't drink coffee. Just a bit of tea. I do eat sugar. Last year I went cold turkey on most sugar. Didn't have effect on POIS though. There are however signs my body is under stress. For example I am wearing a thing in my mouth at night to prevent my back tooth from crushing each other, since 8 years. I am convinced I crush more in POIS.

@longwalkhome
I am feeling too that pois is very powerfull. However this forum has convinced me that we will find a cure. You also contribute a lot to this forum and are also part of finding the cure. You tried Fenugreek and reported on this. Next thing you can do is to try another thing, or write to universities in Germany (endocrinology departments). List your POIS experience, make your story credible (for example mention the NYC article, the published Waldinger scientific research, this forum). If you need help writing send me a private message. Good luck!


« Last Edit: 25/01/2009 21:34:13 by rock27 »
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3113 on: 25/01/2009 23:24:02 »
I like Martin's idea, a general guide for forum decorum.
Thank you John. Maybe we'll never see this!


About other discussions (Coffee- Thyroid) :
I remember that a french naturopath, (Robert Masson) was saying that some people who were used to drink coffee every morning when they were childs and then who stopped suddenly had more chances to suffer from their thyroid. Sometimes it's necessary to go back to coffee to avoid the thyroid problem, he says...

Personally I can't drink coffee it makes me very irritable with insomnia, however, after this bad episode, I was able to be back to one cup of coffee / day without problem when I was running everyday. (my sleep and the way I was eating were better). Maybe there is something we can do to be able to drink coffee again ?
Also I think coffee is depleting Inositol.

Several people here including me are reporting OCD and panic attacks. Did someone tried high doses of inositol for this ?
12g/day for panic and 18g for OCD.

http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/152/7/1084
METHOD: Twenty-one patients with panic disorder with or without agoraphobia completed a double- blind, placebo-controlled, 4-week, random-assignment crossover treatment trial of 12 g/day of inositol. RESULTS: The frequency and severity of panic attacks and the severity of agoraphobia declined significantly more after inositol than after placebo administration. Side effects were minimal. CONCLUSIONS: The authors conclude that inositol's efficacy, the absence of significant side effects, and the fact that inositol is a natural component of the human diet make it a potentially attractive therapeutic for panic disorder.

For OCD:
http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/153/9/1219
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3114 on: 25/01/2009 23:30:23 »
For anyone who'd interested:

Here's a couple articles on the negative effects of sugar. The first one is called 76 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health,
the second on Insulin and It's Metabolic Effects.

http://www.mercola.com/article/sugar/dangers_of_sugar.htm
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2001/07/14/insulin-part-one.aspx
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3115 on: 25/01/2009 23:35:02 »
Thanks Martin for the info. on inositol. I have never heard of this being helpful for panic attacks.
I wonder if it can help insomnia too.

As for coffee, there is NO WAY I can drink it with my adrenals and cortisol levels being as they are.
Coffee seems to work best for healthy people with strong adrenals, and that's not me.
 

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« Reply #3116 on: 25/01/2009 23:37:13 »

... maybe your psychiatrist would add "... if the adrenal glands are ok !" :)


B_Jim, is there a way to test for adrenal glands' health?


The cortisol tests can show to a certain extent what level the adrenals are functioning at. You can do either
spit, blood or urine tests.
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3117 on: 26/01/2009 01:37:44 »
I don't drink coffee unless it is a social event as it seems to effect my stomach and the caffein effect is very uneven(jittery) but I have regularly drink soft drinks.  I used to drink Jolt everyday and it seemed to keep me from getting run down especially mentally.  Every now and then I feel  a need  for chocolate but I can gt the same result from eating most kinds of fruit.

I had a very stressful day last week and experienced symptoms similar to a POIS attack (without orgasm) The recovery was much more rapid though and am back on track.  I don't believe that PIoS is psycholigical  but is a physiological response to  trauma or perceived trauma.   
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3118 on: 26/01/2009 01:39:42 »
Hi, I would like to add my name to the list of POIS suffers. I began to experience the symptoms when I was 30. I am now 47. I am in good health. I eat an organic almost vegetarian diet, and exercise frequently. When I was 30 and was in a committed relationship, I was starting to believe that I was allergic to my girlfriend. Symptoms were like a hangover for me. Diminished mental capacity (brain fog), and extreme fatigue. It would take 2 to 3 days to get back to normal.

Anyway, I am very happy to find this forum, and I wanted to add my name to the list so that it is compelling if presented to the medical community.

Thank you for being here. It has been a stress relief to know that I am not the only one in the boat. I had a look at page 74 and I am immediately beginning a therapy of fenugreek seeds, which I had known about from Indian cuisine. I hope it helps or maybe even works.

Thanks again for being here, wherever here is...

 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3119 on: 26/01/2009 02:14:52 »
good job everyone for following up on Jane Ashby,she might be a big clue.
Demografx nice letter short and to the point.


 

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« Reply #3120 on: 26/01/2009 02:32:18 »
i was going to wait on response but this is too good.

message from pois sufferer who fixed problem sounds eerily similar to Demografx situation


Hi there,

Apologies for the delay in replying. Iam getting out and about these days :)

Yes I solved my POIS by reimbalancing my hormone profile as well as my
nuerotransmitter levels and also by amending diet.

I had the following through blood, urine and saliva test results:

Low morning, afternoon Cortisol+low Dhea = Adrenal fatigue

Treatment : Medrol/Hydrocortisone & Dhea cream/Sublingually

Low Cortisol levels/adrenal fatigue usually indicates Thyroid problems

Free T3 : below mid range

Treatment : Armour

Low testosterone levels

Treatments :

1st: Testosterone replacement (Bad approach)
2nd: Testosterone natural boosting supplements (Negative)
3rd: Hcg+Hmg+Toco-8 plus increase of protein and less carbs, more red meat, fish and lots of cruciferous vegetables ie broccoli (Successful)

High prolactin levels

Cabaser/Cabergoline/Dostinex at dose of 1-2mg E2d lowered Prolactin to
within the lower 1/4 range. High prolactin levels means lower testosterone levels.By reducing
ones high prolactin levels it will naturally increase testosterone levels.

My advice would be to have your 4x saliva cortisol levels, dhea, total test+free/bio test,
prolactin, Estradiol(E2), SHBG & FSH+LH levels checked either through your local gp/dr or through an independant lab like ZRT, Quest etc

I also reimbalanced my neurotransmitter levels and this helped with the anxiety and overall nervousness feeling after an orgasm.Both my serotonin and gaba levels were below the level range.

This is how I cured my POIS and it most likely will not work for everyone but at least you can ask your Dr for a hormone check up and request the hormones above to be checked. If doc asks you why then you can either lie or tell him/her the truth about POIS :)

Had to be quick so have missed out some any questions please ask.

Hope this is helpful,
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3121 on: 26/01/2009 02:49:38 »

The cortisol tests can show to a certain extent what level the adrenals are functioning at. You can do either spit, blood or urine tests.


Good. I'm taking a cortisol AM test in early March.
 

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« Reply #3122 on: 26/01/2009 02:54:58 »
good job everyone for following up on Jane Ashby,she might be a big clue.
Demografx nice letter short and to the point.

Thanks, CCconfucius. Only problem is that we might have written to the wrong Jane Ashby. This one is a psychologist but has no "sex" at all in her CV. I emailed the Program Chair, hopefully he'll clarify. My email was sent to a Jane Ashby at U of Mass., if anyone can confirm/deny that she is the April speaker.
 

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« Reply #3123 on: 26/01/2009 11:55:31 »
hi, i am new here, i have been lurking for a while trying to find answers to my own problem.
my symptoms vary in severity after orgasm (and sometimes i am able to feel it coming on before orgasm) they include:
- sudden fatigue
- flu like feelings
- shivering (sometimes very strong)
- low blood pressure
- great difficulty standing up
- feeling sleepy
- digestive cramps usually followed by diarrhea
- shaking
- sometimes cold sweat
- heart rythm seems normal except it feels like it is "booming"
- stuffy ears and nose
- breathing can increase rythm dramatically
i asked my cardios (yes i have a couple of them) about this stuff but they doubt it is directly heart related or are unwilling to find some explanation for it.
lately i had a free testosterone test done and found out much to my surprise that it is very low. Ill have to do again to confirm it before i get testosterone supplements...
i tried boosting aminoacids (all of them) intake as well as proteins... not very conclusive...
i have also noticed that i tend to be more... "in the mood" when tired , strangely enough; it has come to the point where if i feel often in the mood for a few days ill know that i am actually physically or mentally exhausted... (or can be the reverse, i get exhausted as a result)
id like to avoid 5HTP or SSRIs as i noticed they tend to make me feel quite... jittery
i had some cortisol tests done but i consider them inconclusive as they were done with improper timing (they did it with the timing of someone who wakes up at 8am and so on whilst i wake up at noon usually)
this has been going on for years (since i was around like 15, first time it happened it really gave me a very big scare)
 

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Re: Post Orgasmic Illness Syndrome (POIS)
« Reply #3124 on: 26/01/2009 13:39:11 »
good job everyone for following up on Jane Ashby,she might be a big clue.
Demografx nice letter short and to the point.

Thanks, CCconfucius. Only problem is that we might have written to the wrong Jane Ashby. This one is a psychologist but has no "sex" at all in her CV. I emailed the Program Chair, hopefully he'll clarify. My email was sent to a Jane Ashby at U of Mass., if anyone can confirm/deny that she is the April speaker.

Yeah, I came across that Jane Ashby when I did my google search, but didn't mention her since she didn't seem like the right one.  Especially since she is a PhD, whereas the person giving the talk in April does not have PhD listed by her name on the program.  So I think we might still have to find out more from the conference organizers.
 

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