bryan02 Posted June 23, 2012 Report Share Posted June 23, 2012 hey everyone, at the back end of last year my symptoms started to get worse after almost 9 years of stable hppd, it began after a routinely night of drinking with friends. at the end of the night i shared a joint and the next day everything was amped up more than the usual effects of only alcohol (which always returned to baseline the day after the hangover) my symptoms have gone from static, cell like floaters, trails and occasional afterimages..... to a whole array of visual disturbances that invade my vision and seem to be changing frequently. it's been a hard year so far but i have noticed some great improvements with striving towards minimising stress/anxiety/fatigue as when they are low is when i feel the most in control of this condition to do this i looked at my life as a whole and asked myself where i could make improvements, basically anything that could increase my sense of self and help me regain confidence. everyones case is different but heres a list of some of the things that've helped me; exercise - running, cycling, yoga, pilates, and resistance are my chosen types right now clean diet - wholegrains, fruit, veg, oily fish, nuts etc smaller meal portions - i find this quite difficult avoid simple sugars a lot of the time sleep and rest - i like 6 to 8 hrs on a night and if possible a 30 min snooze at some point during the day work - having a job gives a great sense of self and if you don't like your job strive to find a better one. changing from a job where i worked with a lot of intense ignorant people to a job with warmer smarter people has made a big difference to my morale living - if where you live grates your gears look for somewhere that is more suitable, even a little change like having an approachable coperative landlord helped me travel, see your coutry/the world - i learned to drive with hppd and only just bought a car (6 years later and feel safe and alert benhind the wheel) and spend most weekends in the outdoors meditate i quit smoking to feel healthier and have more energy i have also stopped drinking alcohol and caffeine - these two are without a doubt the hardest for me as i believe staying social is key to remaining functional and pre december it always helped me forget about hppd for a little while. 6 months ago i would've wondered what was the matter with someone who didn't drink beer or tea but since my symptoms have worsened even a couple of beers spikes visuals and anxiety and makes me feel disconnected the followong day and the day after that. i still socialise and enjoy it best after exercise when my anxiety is reduced and mood lifted sorry this is turning into an exhaustive list but i just wanted to put it out there and offer reassurance to anyone struggling with this difficult conditon that you can feel good and live a good life, it just takes time, a little bit of trial and error and a lot of discipline -remain hopeful Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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