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Re: Why isn't nicotine gum used for mood disorders? rjlockhart37

Posted by Prefect on December 19, 2016, at 20:25:10

In reply to Re: Why isn't nicotine gum used for mood disorders?, posted by rjlockhart37 on December 18, 2016, at 22:01:58

I appreciate your concern and assure you I will not start smoking.

20 years ago, I had already been a pack a day smoker for 6 years up to that point, over the course of a week or so went to the dentist a couple of times (root canals and a porcelain on metal alloy bridge), also ate some bad fish that made me sick one night, and then suddenly I went from a normal 27 year old to having cognitive problems, severe anxiety, night sweats, balance problems, dizziness, unrestful sleep, confusional awakenings from REM sleep, you name it.

Tests showed I had liver enzymes high enough for viral hepatitis or poisoning. I had ingested no poison and tested negative for all hep viruses. And I had no jaundice.

That week I also quit smoking due to what was happening.

The enzymes went back to normal after a few months, but I never did. SInce then I have suffered from anxiety/panic and occasional mental fog.

Mitochondrial damage from an unknown virus or toxic exposure? Who knows.

But lately I've also wondered if quitting smoking that week may have played a part in the whole equation? Maybe the severe nicotine withdrawal didn't help? Maybe my norepinpherine / dopamine receptors never recovered?

My head has just not felt the same for the last 20 years.

The nicotine gum is still a last resort. I'm still playing with vitamines and supplements. But this last relapse is making me feel a little desperate.





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