Hey Guys, So I know there is alot out there on Edging and the negative impacts it can have on ones recovery. So this thread isn't to duplicate that information, but just to fine tune a few bits. We all know edging counts as relapse, unless you are trying to kid yourself and pretend like it's not. We also know that edging can increase anxiety and restlessness due to dopamine levels being raise exponentially to unnatural levels, and remaining there for a period of time due to no release or "O". What I always wondered, however, was just how long after an edging session does one start to return to normal again? I will give my experience with edging as an example: I had a 2 week streak and I edged for 2 hours one night with no "O" or release. That night I had stomach pains, ball pain, headache and the most restless night sleep ever. I can only describe it as the same symptoms you get when sick. I was going to call into work sick the next day but decided to soldier on and try to shake it off. I got out of bed and felt shit, same pains and restlessness/anxious feelings. I was tempted to just "O" to get rid of the symptoms, but I didn't. Instead, I took a cold shower which seems to subside the shit feeling for a while and calm me down. Throughout the day I've been tired and zombie like, however the pain and anxiousness has started to retreat a bit. This led me to a question: How long does it take for the average person to return to normal after an edging session without "O" or release? I realise dopamine stays elevated in the brain for hours afterwards when we don't "O", but just how long? And is it worth just O'ing and starting over to get ride of the physical discomfort, or did I do the right thing by soldiering through the pain adn symptoms? Should be interesting to get feedback on this one! As I can't find other sources which touch specifically on my question.