Hello all!
First time post (pretty sure at least) but been lurking for years.

Warning: long condensed post, sorry if that's not the way to do it. Read after the word CONCLUSION below if you want to skip the 'How I got HF' body of text (don't blame you if you do).

I have recently relieved the majority of my hard flaccid but it's only been a week so not sure if this is going to be a permanent fix but I reckoned I'd share my doings so that you all can maybe get some relief too, even if only short lived. It's been lovely being normal again.

The approach here is towards 'Sexual Exhaustion' that we may have done to ourselves, depleting and unbalancing our chemicals and whatnot; I barely understand the whole biology behind this so I won't mention anything I don't grasp, but if I'm allowed to, I'll add the link to the actual website explaining all this (basically entails a doctor responding to dozens/hundreds of men who are suffering and explaining to them why they are and what to do). If I'm not allowed, feel free to PM me and I'll send you the link. The approach mainly entails supplements (all common and found at health stores or online) and refraining from certain behaviors and temptations.

A little about me, I'm a 29 year old male in pretty good shape, healthy diet, fit. I started masturbating very young at age 9 before any liquid would even come out. I probably did once a day but very possibly more too (long time ago). Porn came into the picture when I was 12-13, and though I wasn't able to do too much of it (parents), it was definitely a new, big interest. This is probably when masturbating more than once a day became more common. I think I started pretty early to hold out from masturbating/ejaculating to find the right video which meant the older I got and more privacy I obtained, the longer my porn viewing sessions became and more recurring probably too. High school came and by the first year, marijuana/cigarettes use gradually became an almost everyday occurrence and alcohol being drank at least on the weekends every week. Then I fell for a girl who was a close friend in which there was potential for a sexual relationship but deep down I knew there was no compatibility (she was really cool and I got deeply infatuated). This led to an obsession of trying to make that sexual relationship happen as it was the only way I could have her (and I was a hyper sexual individual at this point, probably from my nature but also from my masturbating/porn lifestyle) while masking my emotions, playing it cool. However I was an unstable kid with anger/emotion issues and bottling up from my longing for her and having her in my social circle, it was driving my emotions though the roof. This led to some unrecognized constant depression, anxiety, stress, and anger. Two years later I finally got involved with her sexually on a regular basis and now my obsession is to maintain and keep these relations up with her, but the intimacy being limited to only being physical with her and not being able to have a real relationship with her is a whole another, impossibly larger strain on my inner issues mentioned above. Basically I'm an emotional wreck running on anger/stress trying to keep it together while smoking, marijuana, drinking often, and keeping up with my porn/masturbating habit. Doesn't sound too bad, probably really common, but essentially, all this is messing up my internal chemical balance throughout my system.

More to go guys, bear with me.

Marijuana, cigarettes and PMO stay a daily habit for the next 5 years with alcohol almost as common. Anxiety and depression probably get a bit better once high school is done and the girl is no longer in the picture, but not by too much. Now, 5 years later, I fall into a similar state over a new girl that I work with, different story, same obsession, except that she knows how much I like her and really enjoys tormenting me about it as a revenge for things not working out between the two of us (talking about other guys in front of me, getting me as heated and jealous as possible etc). Can't escape it since we work together and I'm once again obsessed (unhealthy repetitive behavior, I know) with a now toxic and vindictive girl. So we got marijuana, cigarettes, PMO, anxiety, stress, depression, and anger through the roof but now going out 4 nights a week getting very drunk, sleep is absolutely terrible, and cocaine has entered the picture with the alcohol.

The first symptom I started getting was Premature Ejaculation which horrified me as I needed to be on my game to impress this promiscuous girl; once again, physically was the only way I could have her. Now I'm masturbating 3 times a day trying to fix my PE and just letting it absolutely destroy me as it was my only means of being intimate with girls and was now gone and incredibly embarrassing, I was acting and feeling like it was the end of the world. Anxiety has reached God-Level, is constant, and I'm just self loathing, self pitying myself literally every hour of my life.

Eventually I got hard flaccid. Big Surprise.


CONCLUSION


According to the online doctor, the years of PMO, marijuana, cigarettes, alcohol, anxiety, stress, depression, anger, cocaine, and terrible sleep did something along the lines of:

"...weakened nervous modulation on inflammatory response and impaired proper hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-testicular axis functioning for lowered androgens. Androgen levels are considered crucial to penile tissues health and integrity. Prostaglandin E1 E3 and Nitric Oxide local tissue levels are usually low as well.

Over-masturbation, over-ejaculation or other stressors over-discharge the brain’s acetylcholine, dopamine, and serotonin nerves systems. An excessive Prostaglandin E-2 release into the blood and tissues is also observed. A great problem associated with over-masturbation and/or over-ejaculation is the deactivation of the Central Nervous System (CNS). It drives the hypathamalus and anterior pituitary, the master of the endocrine function for hormonal production, and powers the entire endocrine function through the parasympathetic nervous division. Over-masturbation or over-ejaculation consumes testosterone and leaves nothing to recharge the CNS and the parasympathetic backup battery.

The production of your androgen hormones – DHEA, testosterone, androstenedione and DHT and pituitary oxytocin becomes too low (as a result of the exhausted pituitary-adrenal and testicular axis) to suppress prostaglandin E2 (an inflammatory hormone) release. Other excessive stress hormones prolactin, cortisol, noepinephrine and epinephrine can also induce excessive prostaglandin E-2 release (and not only) from tissues. Excessive prostaglandin E2 in the bloodstream causes not only inflammation, but also weak neuro-immunity.

Excessive inflammatory and excitatory epinephrine or/and cortisol, prostaglandin E-2, medication or street drugs, blood sugar, prolactin, estrogen, alcohol, cigarette chemicals, along with deficiency of insulin, oxygen, androgen hormones (hGH, DHEA, testosterone, DHT and oxytocin) and electrolytes will thin and harden (reduce the elasticity and expansibility) the tunica albuginea and its sheathing spongy corpus cavernosa for erectile dysfunction, penile shrinkage and collagen scarring."

This was taken from responses to the cases of other individuals (I never actually presented my story to the doctor, simply read through the dozens of cases similar to mine and did all that he recommended) but there is much more of the biochemical processes behind HF that I left out.

So I only discovered this doctor and his findings after dealing with HF, ED, PE, Pelvic Floor Pain-Discomfort-Tightness, and Urinary Hesitancy-Retention-Discomfort-Incomplete Emptying for 5 years (Note: I've actually had Urinary Hesitancy since I was a kid and just thought it was a shy bladder, now I'm wondering if it wasn't from starting to masturbate at age 9 which is maybe when the Hesitancy started).

What I've tried in these 5 years that didn't help: Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, Yoga, Acupuncture, Steroid/Saline Injections in Pelvic Floor, Chiropractor, Medication, and, worst of all, Nerve Stim Implant in my hip (yes surgical implant) connected to my Pudendal Nerves.

I have gotten some decent relief from Fascia work from MyoFascial Release Therapy and self strengthening/stretching and also, ironically, marijuana use but nothing truly helpful.

What seems to have finally done the trick was to do everything the doctor recommended. This includes:

Addressing my poor sleep (CPAP machine after diagnosed with Sleep Apnea) so that my body can recover and return to a normal, productive state.

Taking control of my head space, not allowing room for depression, anxiety, stress, and anger to the best of my capabilites (since alot of it was related to my penis and I learnt that it was probably the cause, it turned out to be pretty easy to do, call it motivation).

For the last few weeks I've kicked smoking, drinking, and PMO (been long time that I hadn't done cocaine and cigarettes by this point).

I also started taking supplements recommended by the doctor which include

Amino Acids: Free Form L-Arginine, Amino Complex Blend, L-Lysine, L-Tryptophan, N Acetyl L-Cysteine

Gaba: Gaba, 5-HTP

Vitamins: Niacin, Niacinamide

Male Health: Saw Palmetto, Nettle, Damian Leaves

All of these behaviors and supplements are per his recommendation to be done for 4-6 months to recover and return to a normal state save 1 other supplement.
Waiting for the delivery of this last supplement, I carried on doing all of the above for 3 weeks with maybe some improvement to HF but really not.

The last supplement was Zeolite Clinoptilolite which, to my understanding, is
a complex mineral formed from volcanic lava contacting water, and is a heavy metal detox supplement that detoxes many parts of your body including Liver, Kidney, Brain etc depending on what size microns you take (I'm trying to take the whole 0 to 40 range in an attempt to reach as much as possible since I'm not sure what I should be targeting). After taking it that night, I woke up with a almost normal penis. There was some residue effects of HF still there but I honestly hadn't felt this normal in the whole five years. Even more impressive is my penis was also loose feeling when getting erect which happened way more naturally all of the sudden, and even crazier was that the tight, itchy ligament-like sensations I was getting in my groin at the time, on either side of my scrotum (which felt a weird, slight relief when I would pull and stretch my scrotum up and forward, scratch the sides of my groin, and spray it in the shower with very hot water in attempt to melt that tight ligament-sensation away, and yet barely better it) was gone! I can understand how Hard Flaccid is bio chemically related and relieved from a detox but for tight flesh too? Mind blown and ecstatic. Now that it's been nearly 10 days since the Zeolite was introduced, the HF residues have become even more insignificant.

However, I've gotten my hopes up and danced with promising but ultimately failing treatments many, many times before, as I'm sure you have to, just in the desperate desire to find something, anything to rid of this condition. HF has always come back.

I'd like to reiterate that I've only had this miraculous success for just under 10 days and even though, for the first time, it truly actually feels like I have overcome HF and it is not me simply trying to convince myself I have (like in the past), it is very early and only time will tell.
My logical reasoning would have been to wait before sharing this with you all but, as I said earlier, even if this proves not to be a permanent fix, I would much rather share it with you so that you too may experience some temporarily relief at the very least.

My advice: read thoroughly through the doctor's website (once I find out how I'm allowed to share it), keep ahold of your expectations, be honest about what behaviors you do that could be contributing to HF and rid of them, stay consistent, don't give in to your desires to celebrate early, and don't do this with the goal being to be able to one day return to your desires as that is an easy way to relapse; it is these desires that put us here in the first place, they were clearly not good for our body, not good for our penis.

I'm hoping to maintain this routine (PMO included) for as long as I can and probably won't stop taking the supplements after 6 months either. Just to try to cement this overcoming to the max.

Apologies for this novel of a post, I wanted to make sure I provided all the information I thought would be useful.
I hope this helps as many men as possible.
Stay strong.