Posted by slecorre on August 30, 2008, at 9:00:27
In reply to Re: Odd Case: Tyrosine=Tired, Tryptophan=Wired, posted by bleauberry on June 12, 2008, at 17:53:14
L-Tryptophan (TRYPTAN in Canada) as poison
I started taking TRYPTAN (L-Tryptophan) on April 14, 2008, as a sleeping aid and tranquilizer, while trying to go off Risperdal and Trazodone (Desyrel). It worked for that purpose, and I was able to reduce both medications to a minimal amount.
I continued taking the TRYPTAN (500 mg, 6x/day), as I thought its tranquilizing and sleep-aid effect was still needed.
I redeveloped several old recurring health problems (symptoms) over the time I went on TRYPTAN until the day I stopped taking it, including:
- more severe and frequent menopausal hot flashes
- patches of "old person's" skin (sebhorreic keratoses) on my back returning to a dark, thick, crusty state
- gradual return of migraine headaches
- gradual return of IBS (severe abdominal pain, lasing for hours)
- NEW: my eyes became very sensitive to the light (light hurts my eyes)
- NEW: developed a nasal polyp in my right nostril & sinus
(Following a bout with the flu, during which I missed work from February 29 to March 4, 2008, my right nostril/sinus never unblocked. The flu happened well before I went on TRYPTAN. Was my stuffy nose blocked with a polyp from the outset, or did the polyp develop after I went on the TRYPTAN?)
I stopped taking TRYPTAN on August 27, 2008 to see if I would get some relief from my ever-worsening IBS (severe abdominal pain, recurring day after day and lasting for hours at a time).
Here are the changes that happened as soon as I stopped taking TRYPTAN:
- IBS abdominal pain disappeared overnight (literally)
- migraines have not recurred
- eyes have lost their sensitivity to the light (noticed the following day - Aug.28/08)
- by the next day, menopausal hot flashes had already become less frequent and less intense
- after 2 days (Aug.29/08) my nasal polyp has deflated (gone flat)
- after 2 days (Aug 29/08) the "old person" skin patches (sebhorreic keratoses) on my back have gone from thick brown and crusty, to pink, flat and smooth.
Let my testimonial stand.