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Any men with POIS after a vasectomy? Just wondering if that helps any. Just vasectomy.
I am very happy to see the wealth of info you have at the bottom of the welcome email. It is truly refreshing to find this group.
I'll be brief as I have not much time: I don't see us making the target this year UNLESS we get more people to donate who are NOT POIS sufferers, i.e. sympathizers. The most amazing fund drives I've seen on the internet occur on the site reddit.com A group (under the banner of atheists giving to charity) raised something like $200k in a day. Big stuff happens when you crowdsource it. If I were to head it up, I'd go along the lines that most reddit users are males who often celebrate the action of masturbation (search "fapping") or just sex in general. If we could get some large-scale sympathy from that crowd, we could potentially see a lot of micro-donations. Now they are a skeptical bunch, so any plea will have to be well written and backed up.I have to go, I hope there is some discussion on this when I'm back!
This morning i took 100mg Niacin and the reaction really scared me! This is the second time i take Niacin. The first time i also took 100mg and had the facial flushing and noticed something different in my breathing, but everything was OK.But this time it was a totally different story. I took it 1 hour and a half - 2 hours to take effect, on an nearly-empty stomach. At first i noticed difficulty breathing, and the facial flush was very strong, i was scared of so much blood going into my head. Also, i felt severe pain in my stomach area. Luckily, the effect went away in 5-10 mins. So, why did i had this strong reaction to Niacin this time? Is it normal? Now i'm afraid of taking it again. Could it mean i had a lot of histamine to burn?
So nice feel some aceptance after 19 years of trying to find things your own, and having pretty much given up on most doctors.
There's been some good chats over there already!
I wasn't too keen on cognitive behavioral therapy either, however, the neurologists tell me that the results actually alter the brain. And that this is supported by functional MRI's. Quite honestly, given that the Imitrex they have prescribed has provided much needed and unexpected relief, I am more than willing to follow their recommendations.
Thanks for the valuable information Pharaoh and congratulation you have found relive for your POIS!To me the link between Niacin and Imitrex looks logical.When we orgasm the body have extensive need in serotonin to reward us for perpetuation of the species activity with a mood of goodness and happiness. Probably these high level of serotonin after orgasm have not only the role of making mood of happiness, but also some other roles that need to be carried out after orgasm, or otherwise the body will be subject to POIS symptoms.Serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan by the body, and Niacin is synthesized from tryptophan by the body. Now if we have too low level of tryptophan, or if we have malfunction of synthesis of serotonin from tryptophan or if we have bad absorption of serotonin, then as a result of an orgasm we will have lack of serotonin utilization after orgasm. Now if we supply the body with Niacin prior to orgasm, then the body will have excess of Niacin and will have no need to convert part of tryptophan to Niacin and hence it will be able to convert more tryptophan to serotonin.The Imitrex is a serotonin receptors agonist:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SumatriptanHence Imitrex allows the body to better utilize the serotonin it has which is needed after orgasm.So, those POISers, who have normal synthesis of tryptophan to serotonin, but have lack of tryptophan (due to issues with digestion), find themselves to be relieved by Niacin. Those POISers, who have other problems in the chain of tryptophan absorption and serotonin production, find Niacin inefficient.Victor