Citation: Night Tripper. "Nerve Damage?: An Experience with DOB (exp71750)". Erowid.org. Sep 18, 2008. erowid.org/exp/71750
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Greetings potential users of DOB. Let me start by saying that I am a physically fit Man in my mid thirties that has used various forms of psychedelics for over 20 years. The majority of my experience has been with LSD, Psilocybin and MdMa. I use these chemicals an average of six times a year. Usually out doors and in non-public, non-recreational situations.
In 2007 I was given a hit of DOB at a large multi-day music festival by a friend whose opinion, knowledge and sources I consider trustworthy. He explained to me the expected length of the experience, dosage recommendations, and possible physical effects. He had no knowledge of any possible adverse physical effects.
I ingested one dose at approximately 10:30 pm. My experience lasted around 12 hours and included very colorful hallucinations, mild body highs and feelings of great strength.
During this experience I ingested three organic energy drinks that contained Yerba Mate, an MAO inhibitor (some reports do not advise combining an MAO inhibitor with DOB).
My experience ended around 10am the next morning and I was ready to go to sleep. I went to sleep and woke up approximately three hours later. When I woke, my right leg was asleep from the knee down. My first attempts to walk were very difficult. I was eventually able to walk with the help of a friend. We were able to get some transportation to the local medical tent and the medical staff there recommended I go to a larger medical facility. The doctors at the larger facility checked all of my vital signs and tentatively diagnosed that I had slipped a disc in my spine and pinched a large nerve. They recommended that I leave the festival immediately to go to a hospital for spinal X-rays.
Since I was involved in the production of the Festival on several levels I was unwilling to leave the event. I managed the best I could until leaving two days later. Upon returning to a large urban city, I went to a well-recognized hospital. The staff there X-rayed my spine and found no problems. They could give me no physical explanation for my symptoms. I was still barely able to walk and basically had a ‘Dead leg”. I had to lift my knee high and let my lower leg swing forward to walk. I had absolutely no muscle control of my ankle or foot, so occasionally my ankle would just “roll over” and I would fall to the ground.
The western doctors I visited could advise no treatment besides surgery, so I sought out some alternative forms of treatment. I immediately began treatments with an excellent Acupuncturist in conjunction with a well-trained massage therapist. I saw these professionals several times a week for 12 weeks. And every day through treatment, the feeling and movement in my leg, ankle and foot began to come back little by little. After three months I was fully recovered.
I have had many injuries in my life but this was definitely the scariest experience. I feel very fortunate to have completely recovered. And I believe that someone who was not as physically fit as I am nor as determined to recover, might still be limping around. Can I say with 100% certainty that the cause was DOB? No. But I can say I will never do it again.
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