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Frankly the POIS symptoms feel like I'm being punished for my sexual activity (masturbating, having sex) by some higher power.
I just wrote to Dr Christina Wang, one of the principal investigators of the male contraceptive study, to see what their status is. (Started in May, 2010 with a $1.5 million grant).
I am so glad to have come across this website and information about POIS. I have been searching for the answer to my problem for many years but I feel I may have now found a name to go with my problem - POIS.Here is how it has effected me...I am 32 years old and I had my first symptoms at the age of about 14 or 15. Firstly I had back pains that seemed to get considerably worst when I masturbated but I thought this was just due to a martial arts injury and maybe partly it was. A little while later I started to get chest pains after masturbating which I found very worrying and thought I had been over masturbating. As a young teenager I used to masturbate heavily and felt very shameful of this. I had some tests done at the hospital and was told I have a very healthy heart and that it must be some form of anxiety. At first I excepted this because I felt shameful and thought maybe it was just brought on by guilt. I became doubtful as the years went on though. As I reached late teens and early twenties other symptoms had started to happen. Exhaustion, aching pains, pins and needles and leg cramps although the chest pains stopped for several years and so did the back pain.As I reached my mid 20's the chest pains started to come back along with more extreme fatigue, confusion, not being able to think straight or hold conversation properly or listen properly. Feeling of being cold and aching (like mild flu type aching that just makes everything seem such a huge effort and my joints being more painful). From my late 20's I started to find I would get congested after sex as well, runny nose, sore eyes and sneezing. It's always kind of feels that sex has taking all of my ability to function properly and leaves me totally drained, a shadow of myself. Sometimes I get ratty and uncontrollably irritable and fidgety when trying to concentrate on a task at hand or answer a question. It makes me feel depressed and leaves me with a much duller view of the world and I get less enjoyment out of the things I do. I feel a huge need to just sleep but sleep does nothing to make the symptoms go away, although while I'm laying doing nothing it makes it easier to tolerate. The strange thing is that the severity of the symptoms can vary considerably and I can't seem to find a pattern. Sometimes I suffer really bad for 4 or 5 days and other times I may not notice much at all. It doesn't seem to be connected to my diet (I am a pretty healthy eater). Sometimes if I go for a long time without sex then when I do it it's not too bad. Bad other times like this weekend it felt more severe. Last week I was feeling really good, motivated, being very productive at work, out running a few evenings etc. After having sex on Friday this week is a very different story. So far the most productive thing I have done at work this week is write this email.Recently the chest pains has been increasingly worse and make me fear having an attack, sometimes the pain spreads down my arm. In fact this past weekend I ended up going to hospital after feeling pain in my chest which made me feel very worried but I was told the usual thing that nothing is wrong (which I have been told by several doctors over the years). Palpitations are another problem and these are very inconsistent but uncomfortable when they happen, I can feel my heart beating through my chest without needing to put my hand on it. In fact I can usually just look down and see my chest moving up and down with each beat. I usually only have sex about 1or 2 times a month and try not to have sex if I have anything important to do in the following days. I usually write those off as days of just coping! Sometimes exercise can help and other times it makes me worse or gives me worse chest cramps or painful knees etc. The knees to me seem even more strange than the rest of the symptoms but my left knee in particular gets much more painful after sex when trying to climb stairs or run.I am desperate to find a solution to this problem as I feel that it has held me back so much in life including socially, physically and probably my drive to have a more successful career. My wife is very patient but as you can imagine it takes it's toll on and our sex life and our day to day interaction.
With this skinprick test, how many days after the ejaculation, should it be carried out?
Her final note back to me was terse and said they cannot help.
I called some allergen clinics and I'm not going to pay outrageous amounts every week to get them to do my shots.
Quote from: horizon on 25/01/2011 15:27:28With this skinprick test, how many days after the ejaculation, should it be carried out?The report doesn't say. It's reported as though it were independant, but without any mention or reference at all to advance of any previous POIS session.If one is "clean" (like a week after any POIS symptoms have disappeared), the reaction would start from scratch I suppose. Likewise we could assume that if one was at some point "in POIS", it would sort of be like having an "O" while still in POIS.