" FLATLINE " for 20 months and counting : - (

Discussion in 'Rebooting - Porn Addiction Recovery' started by Red Moon, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. Red Moon

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    Hello guys,

    Doing Nofap Hardmode ( No Pmo ) for 23 months now. The " FLATLINE " began in the third month of Nofap and never left.

    Symptoms are : No libido, genital numbness and shrinkage, the colour of penis skin also changed color due to lack of blood flow. I also have emotional numbness and brain fog.

    Are long " FLATLINES " common ? This is scary and i´m losing hope...
     
  2. Youyou

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    Yes it is common, unfortunately most people think it only lasts a few months when it takes much longer for the brain to heal from all the damage caused by this terrible addiction.
    We are facing the worst addiction in my eyes, don't lose hope and take this suffering as a lesson.
    The harder the fight, the better the victory.
    You must not give up, perseverance and fighting spirit to find a better life, it will come no matter how long it takes as long as you persevere.
    Strength to you !!!
     
  3. Youyou

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    Sorry for my English, I am French.
     
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  4. Metis07

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    Agree with @Youyou stay away from PMO no matter what (in any case it won't solve your problem, just temporary dopamine 'shot' with all negative consequences).

    But also it depends on how old are you, how long and how severe was your addiction and if it was real hardmode for 23 months (no psubs etc. including). So with this information it is more possible to say if it is normal or not (taking into account that we all are unique).
    And by 'not normal' I am saying that there is just another (except PMO addiction) cause(s) of 'flatline' - low testosterone (do diet, sports), psychological problems (visit specialist, read self-help books) etc.
     
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  5. Red Moon

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    Thank you for the support. The unknown is always scary, especially when i don't see signs of recovery in 20 months ( no libido ).
    But i won't give up !

    Once the flatline begins we see that we can only go forward now. I just wished more successful rebooters with long flatlines would share their stories of recovery.
    Do share the flatline experience if you had one...

    Cheers.
     
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  6. Red Moon

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    Thank you for your answer. It´s the flatline, i´m sure. My flatline began only because of NOFAP in the third month. First symptom was genital numbness and shrinkage with no libido ( first time in my life ). Then came the emotional numbness and brain fog. 20 months with this symptoms.

    Cheers.
     
  7. aliggg

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    so for your flatline symptoms, do you experience anything else beside low libido?
    for example: do you have fatigue,sleep/digestive issue etc.
     
  8. Red Moon

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    I have other PAWS ( post acute withdrawal syndrome ) symptoms, yes. Such as :

    - Brain fog
    - Emotional numbness
    - Irritability
    - Low motivation
    - Low energy
    - A little anxiety

    My sleeping patterns are better now.
     
  9. Have you been with a partner? If so, what was your physiological response regarding the intimacy aspect?

    Have you tried any supplements to help with the flatline?
     
  10. aliggg

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    its so shock that after 20 months of pmo free, ppl can still experience these symptoms....
    after how many month of quitting you start feel the improvement of your sleep?
     
  11. Red Moon

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    Yes, it´s not easy to have such a long flatline, my life is on standby. No libido, no motivation, no frame. About the insomnia... i don´t remember, perhaps 6 months to get better.
     
  12. Red Moon

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    I tried brain supplements but changed nothing, or i didn´t feel any change.

    In my reboot i have no intimacy with a partner. I had opportunities with possible partners but i don´t see the point, i feel disconnected from myself ( no emotions ), no libido ( no desire for ... ) and my penis feels disconnected from my body... it feels like rubber ( genital numbness ). Quite scary !
    " Using " a partner would be like eating non stop in order to lose weight. Besides, i want to do a full reboot in hardmode, i want to feel my sex drive back with no exterior intervention.
     
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  13. Anonymous86

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    @Red Moon , have you noticed any improvements during the 20 months? Or has it been all shit depression?
     
  14. Red Moon

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    With the Flatline, no. In a constant Flatline for 20 months, now.

    No depression in my case, but i have emotional numbness, i'm detached from day to day experiences. Living the same day, everyday. Apathy.

    But i can say, without a doubt, that my life is changing for the better with NOFAP ( no placebo here ). Benefits so far :
    - Bright eyes
    - Skin glow
    - More women interested in me ( this one is also frustrating because of the Flatline ! )
    - Less anxiety ( most anxiety i have is because of the Flatline )
    - Deeper voice
     
  15. Anonymous86

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    I feel bad that you haven't had any emotional return to normalcy, makes me worried for my own case. :-(
     
  16. Red Moon

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    Everyone is different. My case is a bad one. I began PMO when very young, before beginning my sexual life. It may take less time for you.
     
  17. StopForever

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  18. For low sex drive I highly recommend ashwagandha supplements. They’ve transformed mine
     
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  19. Long extended flatlines like this usually occur when the person does not have any sex during the reboot.

    If would suggest finding a partner to have sex with to "awaken" your libido and remind your brain that you are not asexual.
     
  20. Worse than an opiate addiction? Crack? Meth?
     

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