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Granite last won the day on June 5 2018

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  1. Yeah, these guys are right. And, I know what it's like to hear you should quit drugs, when you're still used to doing drugs -- but, after you've been sober for a long while, you will not feel the same way about it...I promise you. Life goes on, drugs are less appealing the longer you're clean. You just went through a really traumatic experience too. If you take this seriously now, and while you're still young, you have the best chance for a full recovery. Even weed, unfortunately, is going to provoke your symptoms. It's a psychoactive substance.
  2. I often go back in my mind trying to recall the event that initiated at the onset of my HPPD symptoms. I can recall the same event happening both times my HPPD got worse. The first thing that happened before I got HPPD symptoms was seeing flashing of light in my eyes while they were closed. Blue streaks of lightning, like a storm going off under my eyelids and inside my brain. I vaguely recall an uncomfortable sensation of muscle constriction that accompanied this, really kind of felt like I was under a spell of the storm. Did you have this when your symptoms started? It's medical
  3. What are your sexual habits like? Do you masterbate everyday, multiple times?
  4. I know, man -- the struggle is real. I had no idea how long it would it take either, but somewhere along the line I made a commit to myself that I would see this through to the bitter end no matter what happens. There were a lot of dark nights I wanted to cancel that commitment, but I made it and I get to smile to myself now and be damn proud of it. Obviously, I would never want to go through something like this again, cause it's so damn tough, but I have this gratification for having been given one of those rare moments to become aware of my health and how to take control of my poor lifest
  5. I've mostly constantly improved, like yourself, at a steady rate ever since I woke-up one morning in a complete fog with intense trails. I had HPPD symptoms like anxiety, depression and visual snow before hand since 17 years back, but nothing like I had to deal with that day 6 1/2 years ago. But, since then it's been a steady improvement, and only a couple things I changed seemed to increase the speed at which I healed and only at a very minor rate of improvement -- quitting smoking was big, and also changing my diet. I actually removed meat and dairy, and avoided high salt and high fat thi
  6. I'm actually doing really well. Almost completely healed from a severe case of HPPD that has gone on for 6 1/2 years. I had to straighten myself up completely with no shortcuts (that means I quit all drugs, smoking, drinking, caffeine), but I'm happy to say I feel pretty close to my young teenage self again -- minus the visuals and occasional flare-up of physical symptoms. I was the exact same way. I had reactions to practically any supplement I took; even simple ones like Vitamin D or Omega 3 like you. It was mostly this instant tension that rushed through me, a kind of chronic muscle
  7. K.B.! I feel your pain, brotha. That person you're speaking of was probably me. I tried 100s of supplements, and only a few really did some awesomely positive or negative things. That licorice root did the exact same thing to me. Instant anxiety, tremors, visual tracers increased, hyper-awareness...it was 5 years ago ago when I tried it, and I still remember it. You know, I've read a couple of your posts and always kind of said to myself, this guy (K.B.) has symptoms kind of like mine. I think I'll peek through some of your posts and see if I can find some connections for us. I'll do
  8. I also react to opiates. The first couple times, no problem, then all hell broke loose and visuals, muscle tension, tingling, tinnitus blew up.. Not recommended.
  9. Quercetin is awful for me. Rutin is wonderful. Well at first. The thing about Wobenzym (Rutin) is that for the first 24 hours, I feel amazing. Then, I have some kind of rebound effect. My blood vessels dilate, my sicca dryness gets far worse, and then I have severe depression. Quercetin is nothing like that. It just worsens my mood right away and makes me feel awful. Do you have anything on licorice root? That was the only other supplement I tried that immediately made my visual palinopsia worse, bad anxiety, tremors, and panic.
  10. I didn't notice your Thiamine thread. Glad you found something that's working great for you! I will definitely look into it. In the past, I had some very interesting reactions to B-vitamins; specifically B6 seemed beneficial (just for energy), and B5 actually caused my hives to break-out more in higher doses (must have been doing something with acetylcholine). I do remember trying Thiamine (not sure the dosage or type), but didn't have anything memorable happen. Maybe I will try it again. I also found other supplements that were amazing for me (I mean complete reduction of almost all
  11. I want to preface that my symptoms are/were severe. Ranging from mild annoyances like visual snow, palinopsia, tinnitus, headaches, muscle twitching to severe problems like sicca dryness, mental disorientation, fatigue, chronic muscle tightness causing sharp pains, GI dysmotility and intestinal pseudo-obstruction. I basically developed a brutal form of HPPD. After some recent GI-related problems, I was tested thoroughly by a doctor looking for answers. By stroke of luck, I tested positive for something that explains very well a large portion of my symptoms. I have positive antibodies f
  12. How does drinking affect you? When I had severe tinnitus early on, drinking helped reduce that and most of my symptoms. You may think that's bad advice, but if I now understand why drinking was helpful, it could be because alcohol is a GABA(A) receptor positive allosteric modulator. It functions to enhance GABA while also inhibiting glutamate. Do a search on "GABAA receptor positive allosteric modulator"
  13. YES! I'd bet money it's the magnesium. For years, I tried to understand why Epsom Salt (magnesium) baths were so bad for me. I suffer from very bad dryness, skin, hair, sicca symptoms (dry mouth, eyes).. I've found others who claim to have "sulfate intolerance" but no one has really gotten to the bottom of why some people can't tolerate Epsom Salt baths. My theory is that the heavy load of magnesium plays havoc on the nervous system through a mechanism I don't fully understand yet. My symptoms EXPLODED after having an Epsom Salt bath.
  14. Fascinating. One of the first symptoms I got from HPPD was hives (cholinergic urticaria) from sunlight, heat exposure. I initially tried to use anti-histamines, but I produced a paradoxical reaction and broke out in more hives. I quickly found out that alcohol could control my hives. So, I drank heavily for a long time, until my symptoms kind of shifted. I was sweating a lot early on, hot, and such... then I started getting cold, not sweating at all, and my hives never came out. I have now learned that alcohol works as a GABA-A receptor positive allosteric modulator, which is the first ti
  15. Was this me? If not, I actually took Finasteride for hair loss, and all my HPPD symptoms were gone within a month. I was living the best life I'd had in years, but it didn't last long (about 1 year). Side effects from Finasteride started to become a problem. I was increasingly retaining water and getting sicker often, plus sexual side effects. I've researched this a bit, and what I've found is Finasteride has immuno-suppressive properties. But, the bigger connection I made was through this paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16834758 "Recent preclinical data indicate that the s
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