I haven’t taken enough dc breaks to know. I have been pe’ing for years, but very very off and on. Just as I would notice anything, I would enhance and lose it all, become discouraged, and quit. Then I would see me little dick for months wishing I knew what to do, and I would start over but end up doing the same thing.
I stumbled on Thunders and tried again, got a little growth and instantly plateaued. This time I kept going, trying different things, for 7 months, and nothing. Took a 3 1/2 week break and started again. I got another 1/4” spurt and was so excited I kept adding things to my routine. Well I instantly plateaued and even lost a little of the gain.
I am now 4 days in my new break, and plan on it lasting 2-3 weeks. Then starting again and see if I get another spurt. If I do, I will atleast know what makes me grow. But since I’ve only payed attention to this last break, I can’t say for sure if it was what worked. But I do know to keep it lighter and a bit more simple now.
You’re story is very similar to a lot of PEers — gaining, going all out, plateauing, quiting, coming back, getting a spurt of gains, going all out, plateauing, quiting, and repeating… .
In your case, you probably want to do some type of IPR training (with logically planned out decon breaks in your routine).