How I Cured Low Testosterone Before It Ruined My Life!

Low Testosterone Symptoms

Before discovering I was dealing with low testosterone, I imagined the worst... topping that list was liver disease. Blood tests revealed big problems with this major organ. My blood test numbers were so off the charts, I was immediately rushed to the hospital for further testing; results revealed a liver in perfect condition, but for almost 2 years, I dealt with:

  • Extreme depression.
  • Fatigue so severe, I sometimes slept 18 hours a day.
  • NO interest in sex.
  • No interest in exercise.
  • Weight gain.
  • Difficulty in the simple act of walking.
  • Wheezing.
  • Sweating.

Low Testosterone Nearly Ruined My Life

Before a final diagnosis was discovered, doctors were telling me I suffered from severe depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and the one erroneous diagnosis that made me believe I was 'loosing it' - hypothyroidism. The side effects of the medication to treat this disease were unbearable.

Low testosterone affected every part of my life... but it especially harmed my social, marital and professional lives. I simply did not want to be around or talk to people. Low testosterone (or, Low T) negatively influenced my ability to concentrate. I wanted to perform well at my workplace, but willpower was no match for Low T.

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What is Low T?

You may be thinking that "slowing down" is simply a natural process as we age. That is true, and the symptoms I outlined in my story could be one of many diseases older men naturally suffer. The ONLY way to discover if the blame is tied to Low T is a blood test for hypogonadism... a problem caused by Low T.

When my blood test results for Low T arrived at my doctor's office, I was called in immediately. Her opening statement was "you must feel just awful!" She then shared the numbers...  my condition was the worst she had ever seen.

This Condition Is No Joke

Maybe you've seen the TV spot prompting people suffering from a list of symptoms that describe a diagnosis of Low T. This commercial exudes an almost 'no big deal' attitude and suggests a follow-up with a doctor when you feel like taking that step. Low T is NO laughing matter and I could have saved damaged relationships, money, happiness and a positive outlook on life IF I would have corrected this condition much sooner.

Don't Put It Off

The worst decision you can make is to just throw your hands up to the sky and think, "I feel awful ALL of the time, but I'm just getting older and it's natural to feel this way." No, no and another no for good measure.

Don't put this off - schedule an appointment for blood work and be fully open with your doctor. Low T is nothing to blow off - I was sinking so deeply, thoughts of 'I can't live this way another day' began to creep in. I knew I was in trouble and I got the help I needed in the form of the Androderm patch. I am writing this hub on June 6, 2011. I attached my first patch only 5 days ago, and the major life changes I've already experienced are amazing.

The deep depression is totally gone, I went to the gym yesterday, my wife and I attended a concert 2 nights ago. Small things? Yes. But to this writer, who for nearly two years, went outside the house ONLY when absolutely necessary, I say the transformation is miraculous!

Suffering from Low T, what is The worst symptom you deal with on a daily basis?

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DannyMaio 5 years ago from New York

Great Hub! Thanks for sharing, I'm sure this will help others. keep us informed of your progress! good luck.


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copywriter31 5 years ago from Port Neches Author

Thanks, Danny

When I look back on how I once survived living from day to day with Low T, I'm amazed I was able to carry out anything a normal man of 58 should have no problem doing. Long story, short, I'm now feeling GREAT every day. My strength is returning, but the best part of this discovery and treatment is the deep, dark depression I suffered under for years almost immediately vanished. I'm truly amazed and thankful for this incredible transformation.

Appreciate the comment.


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Julip Manor 5 years ago from Kingwood, Texas

I just found out from my endocrinologist that women can have this too. Great post!


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copywriter31 5 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hi Julip,

Interesting... I wasn't aware of that possibility, but if the symptoms are the same I would hope they get treatment just as I did.

Thanks for the comment.


Arjie 5 years ago

Dear All ,

I am a 24 year old guy who has been diagnosed with hypogonadism ( Secondary )

My Fsh , Lh and Testosterone levels are as under :

FSH : 2.3 ; LH : 2.4 ; Testosterone ( Total ) : 253

Testosterone ( Free ) : 24

SHBG : 16

I got my thyroid levels checked and they seem to be normal

TSH is 1.4.

I have been trying different alternative medicines for the past 4 months but nothing is working.

Should i go on TRT?

Does it cause testicular atrophy?

I am severely depressed and have stopped socialising , talking to people.

Please tell me what to do

:(


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copywriter31 5 years ago from Port Neches Author

I feel for you Arjie. Did the doctor who ordered your blood tests not prescribe Androderm or another medication meant to restore your testosterone levels? If not, I'm very surprised. Ask - no, demand that your doctor prescribe the Androderm patch and your symptoms will seemingly magically disappear within 3-4 days. You will feel like a new person!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is important information to share with others. Thanks for telling us about your experiences with low testosterone levels and how you are now feeling so much better. Nice to know that it is easily remedied. Up and useful!


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copywriter31 5 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hi Peggy,

Amazing how we humans can so easily become accustomed to feeling badly and simply accept that reality. I was to the point where I could not visualize an every day lifetime of such suffering and depression. Getting help was the wise thing to do in my case. I don't feel 'great' every day, but my overall quality of life has improved tremendously. Thank you for the comment.


Bill 5 years ago

I'm a relatively healthy 56 year old - heading back to my doctor to address this issue, when I came across your site today. I've suspected low T as the reason for my general feeling of being tired and muscularly weaker. I don't have a lot of stress, and I get pretty good sleep - have very good diet/eating habits. Have been going to the gym regularly (3 times a week) since July of 2007, and this is a good thing - but I've found that it is really difficult for me to keep the muscle on, and I've been using whey which helps some -- but I just don't get the muscular RESPONSE that I would like. And sometimes I've noticed that working out just makes me tired - not a feeling of making progress. I'm not looking to be a roid head or anything (I don't do drugs or smoke). My last blood test in March of 2011 was interpreted with a "normal" testosterone level of 435. I did not argue with this until I saw a chart recently which showed that my testosterone level is average for a man 75-84 years of age! I should be at least a couple hundred points higher than that, for optimal health.

My appointment is this coming Thursday - will let you know how it goes. I won't take no for an answer - I am looking for optimal health, not a low-to-average testosterone level...

Bill.


Bill 5 years ago

And I really do understand your statement about getting used to being miserable -- I have a terrible tendency toward that!

Bill.


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copywriter31 5 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hey Bill, Your situation sounds like mine. I am scheduled for a blood test next week and I will publish the numbers. I am very interested to know know how you are doing as well. I think you will be amazed at how much better you feel. Good luck to you, and thanks for the very good comments!


Arjie 5 years ago

Hi sir , arjie here again.. i did ask for the androderm patches and i guess im starting in the next 3 days. I just wanted to know two things from you since youve been using androderm for a reasonable amount of time. how will it affect the testicles? do they become atrophied? also once i start with TRT at 23 ill have to go on it for the rest of my life right? does it improve ED too?


Bill 5 years ago

Quick question: I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO health ins. Are you having to pay an arm and a leg for your testosterone patch??

Thanks,

Bill


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copywriter31 5 years ago from Port Neches Author

Sorry for the delayed answers - lost my hard drive 2 weeks ago, got it back today.

Bill: My blood tests confirmed I indeed suffered with this condition and they are paying most of the cost... my cost is $25.


Grover 4 years ago

Inspirational hub .I just love this one..Superbly presented with some great information regarding Low Testosterone

.Everybody should read this hub.Thanks a lot for sharing.:)

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Kdepfyffer 4 years ago

Hey guys, Great info indeed. I know the cost of low T I was diagnosed with testicular cancer 2 years ago and after the surgery my testosterone was in the low 300. I seriously thought I was going crazy, major depression, mood swings hot flashes my doctor said it was like male menopause lol Anyway,, every guy over 40 should get checked and please tell all you friends too. Thanks for sharing copywrite


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Wow! You've really been to hell and back. You're right... Low T is NO joke.


Mills Black 4 years ago

Nice hub. voted up. gives insight into mens' health problems. please continue posting such great stuff.

Visit: http://fullthrottleondemand.ca/blog/?p=10


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Happy you enjoyed the hub, Mills. Appreciate the up vote!


Knox 4 years ago

Came across this blog and thought I'd share a link which shows male testosterone levels in age groups -

http://www.mens-hormonal-health.com/normal-testost...

Many docs will tell you 250-1000 is 'normal'. So even if your a male in your 20's and you're bottom of the range most docs will tell you its normal and won't look at low T as a cause of your symptoms. This is what I'm going through right now. 25 years old, all the symptoms of low T along with blood work showing I'm right at the bottom of the range but because its withing range docs won't acknowledge that low T is the problem and they want me to see a shrink and take anti depressants. Just a heads up for anyone else, be careful because not even specialists, endos, uros know what they're talking about.


Asimov 4 years ago

Knox, I'm in the same situation. I'm 27 and I live in Italy. I hope we're gonna find a solution for all this suffering.


Frustratedwife 4 years ago

I am coming at this from a wife's point of view. My husband is a relatively healthy man. We have dealt with sleep apnea, weight loss, depression, and ED all on a separate basis. It wasn't until our GP finally said that it wasn't normal for him to have NO sex drive at 45. Our Dr is in his 60's and still has a healthy sex life. So he tested his level and found it non existent basically at 200. Now we are waiting on more tests from the urologist before starting TRT. He has all the symptoms of low T, we just never considered it. We didn't know. Now that we do, I'm searching for any info I can find. He is so emotionally detached from me. He has failed too often at intercourse, that I'm afraid he may never get his confidence back. It is VERY hard for me not to take his lack of interest personally. It happened so gradually that I thought it was me, or that he was having an affair. I'm impatient. I want a quick fix. I hope that once he finally gets his balance again, I get my husband back. It just doesn't seem to effect him the way it does me.


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

If the diagnosis of LoT is correct, I feel sure your family doctor will start your husband on Androderm, or another medication designed to boost testosterone. Once he begins the medication you should see a complete turnaround within 1 week (if he responds as well to the medication as I.) Hopefully, that's PRECISELY what will happen! Thanks for sharing your story!


Rick 4 years ago

Hey, how did you think it was your liver? thanks


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Blood test results showed the possibility of severe liver damage . . . later discovered my liver was fine.


Ravi 4 years ago

Hi

I am 28 and have recently got married - I have been diagnosed with Low T (number being meagre 184) and pre-diabetes (10.5 range).

My Liver Function test hasnt really shown nice numbers since 2008 when I got it tested first as I started to feel very restless and enervated (esp in the evenings), with depressed moods. I was taking Finasteride at that time to fight against the hair loos I had / was having then. I stopped it after like 7-8 months, after I got bad results with Liver Function. And now this problem has surfaced.... I consulted a Urologist and was told I have Varicoceles in testicles, so I underwent Varicocelectomy, as Dr thinks its impacting the testosterone production. Its been close to a month now, and I still think my T level wont have gone up, as there are only slight changes.

At the moment - I have started to exercise (joined a gym) to reduce weight - I am arnd 77 KGs with height close to 5 ft 8.5 inches (173 cms).

I am pretty much caught up at a v unexpected turn of life since I realised this immediately after marriage. I am taking Co Q10 for my surgery recovery but would appreciate if some one can advise / suggest on what should the next steps towards a healthy life be?

BTW - Even now I feel like I am numb sometimes, and have a weaker memory than I used to have, lesser mood to go out and drink, have parties etc. Can sleep for long hours if given a chance, feel heart palpitation at night (seems as if my heart is working quite fast).


Frank 4 years ago

FSH - 4.5

LH - 3.9

Prolactin 10.0

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin 28

Testosterone LC/MS/MS - 186

Free Testosterone - 24.2

Waiting for my follow up appointment in a week.. seems like a year away.


Frank 4 years ago

Additional information to my test results.

I am a 40 year old male, on pain meds for 11 herniated discs, etc......


Chris 4 years ago

Hey Bill,

I was recently diagnosed with Low T. For the past 2 years my body has been going through some pretty crazy stuff. It all started with weight gain. I have always been a bigger guy, but I saw myself balloon and gain around 50 pounds in 3 months without changing my diet or exercise habits, it seemed to happen out of nowhere. Since then I have slowly been developing other problems like muscle twitching, pressure urticaria, aches and pains, depression, anxiety and just a general sense of feeling sick an tired all the time. I've dealt with major fatigue and anxiety that keeps me inside my home. I don't like going out with friends anymore. My anxiety creeps up on me and when I get around large groups of people I don't know. It has been hell for me to say the least. I have always been a very social person my entire life, life of the party, always meeting new people and making new friends without a care in the world. But lately I can't stand being around people I know. It has ruined my life to this point. I am a songwriter so my livelihood depends on going out and being around complete strangers and conversing with people I don't know to network and promote myself, and it's just not an option for me right now. for awhile I would go on the internet and google my symptoms and get frightening results thinking I had cancer, HIV, ALS, MS, etc., and it would just make my anxiety worse, thinking I had some serious disease. I finally got up the courage to visit the doctor. I had been putting it off, afraid of getting a horrible diagnosis. I was convinced my thyroid was acting up, but the doc didn't think so. He did the blood tests and scheduled a results appointment. He came in and discussed that my testosterone levels were extremely low, "enough to raise his eyebrows." All my vitals looked great, BP was normal, so was cholesterol, glucose, thyroid, and I wasn't diabetic. He suspected that it may be Idiopathic Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism. He sent me to have an MRI done on my brain to check for any possible abnormalities of the pituitary gland, everything came back normal, but for that week you better believe I was scared to death that I had the tumor they were afraid of. Needless to say it wasn't a very fun week. I have been literally suffering, feeling like an old person, everyday of my life. Its a struggle to get around as I am constantly aching, and running out of breath from small tasks, and completely unmotivated in the things that used to excite me. I haven't started my HRT/TRT as I am skeptical of the long term affects it may cause. I just feel so bad all the time and I'm still scared that there may be something else causing all of this, thinking 'low t can't cause all these problems.' I also dont have insurance at the moment and I know the price of TRT is gonna be crazy expensive, and I just can't afford it. I'mm about to be 22 years old, in college, don't have a job and have a disorder that is causing me to feel like I'm dying everyday of my life. I don't know exactly why I'm posting this on here since I already know I have Low T. I'm just looking for some reassurance and to see if you maybe felt some of these things I am describing as well. I just want to be normal again. This Low T hit me like a train, out of nowhere, one day I literally felt normal and the next I was completely different. Hopefully you still get this comment, I know its been awhile since you have posted on here. Any advice or help on my situation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Chris 4 years ago

Sorry. I meant to address that comment to the author, copywriter31, not Bill.


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hey Chris,

Man, I really feel for you. You need to know I am not a doctor, so any 'diagnoses' I may give are pure speculation, and related through personal experience. 22 years of age is young to have Low T, but your doctor has run you through the mill with tests, and the tests confirm you do have it. Low T came upon me gradually . . . I can't say it hit out of the blue. However, I did feel the same symptoms you are now feeling, as written in my article. We are kindred spirits - I'm a songwriter/musician as well. MOST serious musicians (count me in that list) are extreme perfectionists, and we tend to be VERY hard on ourselves. This tendency spills over to our private lives. We musicians tend to be introverted, shy, retiring, etc. Then, Lo T comes along and amplifies that behavior ten-fold. You may always prefer a quiet evening at home to a night on the town. Nothing wrong with that; it's just how we are. The good news for you is that all your tests returned normal. Sounds to me that you worry a lot (another musician characteristic) and that may be causing the twitches, depression and anxiety. When I discovered I had this illness, I went on the Androderm patch, and found near instantaneous relief. I am no longer on the patch. I've replaced it with a rigorous, and daily exercise regimen that would tire most 30 year old men. I lift weights (lighter poundage in favor of 30 straight reps.) I then jump on the elliptical for another 35-40 minutes.) The natural way has worked so much better for me, BUT I needed the Androderm patch to give me that ability to begin exercising again. I am now 60. You are 22, and are naturally able to deal with your Lo T. The extreme workouts produce endorphins that are powerful 'feel good' chemicals. Maybe, Chris, you could find the funds to be on the medication. After it kicks in go the gym and develop your own monster workout routine. It worked for me, maybe it will work for you. I sincerely hope you start to feel better. I wrote another article on HubPages titled, "Don't Worry 'Bout It". Read it; it's helped a lot of people (including me) defeat this imposter. Good luck to you, my friend.


Chris 4 years ago

Thanks for the response. I should have been a bit more specific, the Low T didn't hit me out of nowhere, the anxiety did. Which I am 100% positive is caused by the Low T. All these symptoms have been slowly occurring one by one over the past two years, the ones I've noticed at least. I'm sure It was low for a fairly significant amount of time before the symptoms, I think it just got so low my body began to tell me. I also know that obesity causes low t, and low t causes obesity. Its a vicious cycle. All the physical symptoms started after I gained the weight. The only problem is I find it extremely difficult to even get up and go workout, I just dont have the motivation or energy to do it. And I know it would be a huge help to my well being if I do get it done. I'm currently trying to start a diet based around fruits and veggies and juicing everyday as well to try and get my body functioning correctly again. Alot of people dont understand what Im going through, even family members write it off and tell me I'm fine and Im blowing it outta proportion. If only they knew how horrible I really feel all the time. I just want my life back, my songwriting has taken a huge hit as well, it's hard to get inspired about anything when Im inside all the time feeling like crap. I appreciate the encouragement and I'm gonna try my best to kick this illness!


Mark 4 years ago

I have been tired for years (DOG TIRED). I wake tired, drag through the day. I eat very healthy, try to exercise, but it's like a forced torture. All day I just want to sleep. I'm cranky all the damn time, too!

I just had my testosterone tested and it came back low. Under the norm, as well did my Free Testosterone. I'm only 30 years old, this has been going on for years and doctors have told me for years that my testosterone was fine, even though it was low.

I know you said you were tried in your write up, but I was wondering if you could go into further detail with this, for me.

Thanks,

Mark


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hi Mark,

The exact wording in my article was "Fatigue so severe, I sometimes slept 18 hours a day."

That's the truth. My body chemistry was causing this, and Low T was the main culprit.

Low T hit me in my mid-50's. I KNEW something wasn't right, but when I had those occasional days where I slept all day and half the night, I took action by getting a blood test. The tests revealed an EXTREME Low T condition. Once the medication kicked in, I was feeling good again, and the transformation was near instantaneous. BTW, your comment about 'being cranky all the time' is part of the condition. I was the same way. I believe you will find quick releief once you begin the meds.


Andrew 4 years ago

I recently had my testosterone checked my results were as listed

Testosterone, Free 12.63

% Free Testosterone 3.85

My level was 328

the clinic said i was low....should i be worried '' i am a 22 year old male''


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Thanks for writing, Andrew

I am not medical professional, so anything I say comes strictly from experience. The only alarm bell I see is your age, although your number is not extremely low. If you are feeling OK, I don't see a problem. If you are showing symptoms, your doc may put you on medication to get your number higher.


LOWTEE 4 years ago

Hey Copywriter,

Just got my bloodwork results back my T is at 247. I also have thyroid issues which made me gain quite a bit of weight. I am 300+ since the thyroid tanked. I can't seem to drop a damn pound and have been kicking my ass at the gym 1 - 1.5 hours a day 5 days a weeks. Eating 2500 calories almost daily. I am hoping my low t is the cause for many of my issues. I always feel dazed, fatigued, anxious, don't feel like doing a damn thing, etc. I hope the doc gives me something to take care of this.


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

I feel for you, Lowtee

Your Doctor can prescribe medications for both conditions, and if your case is anything like mine, you WILL start dropping pounds and feeling MUCH better! Good luck to you, my friend.

CW31


edgeofthecay 4 years ago

My husband is 37 years old and suffers from very low testosterone - and I've watched my amazing husband slowly turn into a ghost of the man he once was. Detached and utterly unengaged, aloof and irritable. He is devoid of many emotions he once embodied. The cumulative and recent toll on our (13 year) marriage has been extreme. I cannot understate the emotional pain and confusion this can cause in a relationship. We are hanging by a thread - but I truly love my husband and more than anything, I want to see him get well.

Sadly, his critically low testosterone count (180) was revealed on a test 7 years ago - but not one doctor raised a warning flag. Shame on us for not jumping all over it at the time - but we simply didn't know how detrimental and serious a condition it was/is. Here we are 7 years later, and his count is currently 120. It took us getting to this very dark place in our lives to address this issue 'head on'. After more bloodwork and a recent MRI, we meet with the Endocrinologist this Thursday.

Please pray for us, and my hope is that anyone with this issue in their lives seeks medical help immediately - and take it as seriously as the condition deserves.


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copywriter31 4 years ago from Port Neches Author

Your story should be an inspiration for the millions of people who simply accept feeling 'bad' as part of living. I sincerely hope your current doctor will prescribe the right meds to get your husband feeling well again. Blessings to you, and please keep us updated.


Un Named 4 years ago

I suffered EXTREME depression and even had to go back on anitdeprssants double the dose I'd taken before I went off, my battle w/ depression was SO BAD, that I was inching towards suicide, But thank Goodness I MYSELF FIGURE OUT the problem and told my Dr that I wanted my testosterones checked talk about low it was 150

I went on Fortesta and now I'm in a much better place emontionally


MB 4 years ago

Reading that list of symptoms I thought someone had written me up and I'm a 49 year old female!

Extreme depression.

Fatigue so severe, I sometimes slept 18 hours a day.

NO interest in sex.

No interest in exercise.

Weight gain.

Difficulty in the simple act of walking.

Sweating.

I don't have the wheezing but had hypothyroid issues and migraines two or three times a week.

I call almost pinpoint the day around 10 years ago when I started feeling like this.

I've been on progesterone then estr0gen plus thyroid meds for the last 10 years but getting steadily worse and steadily fatter. The past year was hell, felt like a shell of my former self, completely losing interest in life, my loved ones and my really great job. I'd lost interest in cooking, going out, reading books (one of my favourite things), travelling - basically everything.

I read about low T. a few weeks ago and asked my doctor if that could be my problem. She prescribed bioidentical T. cream immediately which I started two weeks ago. I've had a blood test too but haven't seen the results yet.

After two weeks on the cream I can't believe how fantastic I feel. Everything, including me, feels so alive again. I'm suddenly energetic, enjoying life so much, interested in everything again and I have my libido back. No longer feel like a wasted shadow and am really enjoying my job again.

I live in a tropical climate and am tolerating the heat with ease, unlike before when I was sweating and hot & bothered ALL the time.

Best of all the migraines have almost disappeared.

Now I feel a bit afraid that this won't last, but heck I have to stop thinking like that and enjoy the moment!

Long live testosterone replacement!!


anonymouslyrics 4 years ago

Hello all,I too was recently diagnosed as having low T. My recent blood test revealed that my level was 242.3. I'm currently 38 years old. I've delt with depression and anxiety since my teen years,and 3 years ago was diagnosed as having MDD. I'm currently experiencing all kinds of crazy thoughts and major anxiety and depression,loss of interest in life, things I usually enjoy, major irritability,mood swings,hot flashes,mood swings like crazy,at times just feeling totally disconnected from reality. i used to have pecs,now they are breast. My best description is it's like you're in a bad dream and then you wake up and feel better briefly only to have it start all over again. Is it possible all this could be due to low T??? What kind of results can i expect on Androgel??


LifeWithLowT 4 years ago

There are numerous different reasons one can suffer from LowT. Most tend to begin to suffer as their testosterone steadily declines with age, others like myself (dealing with this since my mid 20's and now 32) its more difficult to diagnose. I believe my issues stem from the use of Propecia which is now being linked to long lasting sexual side effects. For others is could be caused from head trauma, prolactinoma, groin trauma, diet, diabetes, etc.

For those of you under 40 be sure to discuss the side effects associated with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) with your professional. Some exogenous treatments (the patch, androgel, IM anabolic injections) can lower sperm count which for those trying to conceive can throw a wrench in your plans. These treatments tend to be better suited for those beyond the point of conception.

Exogenous treatments can further slow and/or even shut down your normal production of testosterone which for younger adults can pose longer term issues. Furthermore, there are treatments that can be used to trick your body into creating more testosterone on its own without gels or patches...since I'm not a doctor I will refrain from going into too many specifics.

TRT is still in its infancy so i advise you do serious due diligence prior to pursuing any specific treatment. There are a number of great blogs out there from numerous people like myself dealing with similar issues that can help guide you through experience and trial by error. I would also advise working with a TRT specialist or endocrinologist versus your primary care or internist.

Best of luck to all of you.


Markinstein 4 years ago

Hello, i am 45 have had to take narcotics for a incredibly painful immune system

Disorder.

I want to sleep all day. No interest in sex. No interest in anything for that matter. Only thing i enjoy is consuming massive quantities of ice cream. I am heaver then I have ever been. By about 30 pounds.

I was tested about 9 months ago my testosterone count is virtually non

Existant at 44. I have been using first androgel 1% now 1.62%. Still feel like shit.

I am going to make appt with Endocrinologist next.

I am very lucky I have an

Understanding Wife. I do not want to do anything. Go out to a concert, nor dinner nor movie( would sleep through it) and the big one no SEX. THIS IS KILLING ME. If gel doesn't work? Then what?? Does anybody know? I will stop now. But get help people, this awful.


The Gruffalo 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story. I have been feeling tired, depressed, lethargic etc for years now but it has been getting steadily worse. Following the birth of my daughter I have found the tiredness almost unbearable and have been receiving counselling for my depression. I started on anti-depressant meds a few months ago and other than helping reduce my irritability (which it has worked wonders for) it had done nothing for my tiredness or depression.

Thankfully my doctor recognised the symptoms and order my testosterone to be tested. He wanted to start me on TRT straight away but instead referred me to an endocrinologist first. Finally I am sitting here at home with a vial of testosterone that I will have injected tomorrow. It is meant to last 12 weeks between injections and I will post about my results. I am really hoping that they are as life changing as yours.

I'm tempted just to give myself the injection (I'm a nurse) but don't think I can reach my butt that easily :)


crawsk1 4 years ago

Hello, I just joined hubpages to simply comment back on your post. Thank you for sharing, I have been dealing with low test for about a year now, about the same amount of time I've been in my newest relationship. You're post is so in sync with how I feel, this has been a tough pill to swallow and I've tried injections which worked but it wore off so I'm exploring more long term treatments such as patches. I too have been in a state of depression ever since I've noticed my first signs. It took me a while to finally see my doctor and get my levels checked, when I did I wasn't surprised to find out my levels were very low. This condition has really taken its toll on me, and most importantly my relationship. Other than treatment which I am doing, are there any tips anyone can offer to really help with the depression? I find the things I used to enjoy, pretty much have become meaningless and I hate this. I am glad im not alone. Thank you! Anyone who has shared their story, post your updates and what you have been doing to help.


Asking 4 years ago

I have been going though a hard time for almost 2 years now. It has gotten worse and worse. I have had all sorts of test and everything comes back fine. Even had an MRI. I had one doctor tell me my T levels were fine. After swapping doctors and having another test done my level came back at 209. I have tried the gel and got no where so now I have started the injections. Should get those numbers back soon. My question is how bad can this problem make one feel? I know everyone is different and thats kind of hard to answer but I feel just awful and not sure this is my issue. Hard for me to believe it could make you feel as bad as I do but nothing else is showing up. I don't want to do anything. I often feel so bad I have to go lay down. Even at work. Thank goodness I work for myself or I would probably be jobless. I get light headed feelings from time to time and just a weird feeling all over. I get brain fog and just things that are hard to explain.


Desperate Wife 4 years ago

My husband was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer about 7 years ago. He had 1 testical removed and the other we think was destroyed by radiation. Now he we are years later and TONS of test only to be told he has low T. He just started taking Axiron. His T levels have increased greatly but his LH levels are VERY low. Has anyone else experienced this? What did you do? This has caused so much stress in our lives. He has complained about every one of the symptoms I have read on here. I felt as though he had written every single post himself.


Desperate Wife 4 years ago

My husband was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer about 7 years ago. He had 1 testical removed and the other we think was destroyed by radiation. Now he we are years later and TONS of test only to be told he has low T. He just started taking Axiron. His T levels have increased greatly but his LH levels are VERY low. Has anyone else experienced this? What did you do? This has caused so much stress in our lives. He has complained about every one of the symptoms I have read on here. I felt as though he had written every single post himself. (Sorry for the double post...I wanted to make sure I joined and didn't miss a comment)


John 3 years ago

I can feel for those posting here. I am a 56 year old male. I too had been through many tests for not feeling well, with nothing found. I reached rock bottom when I had to use every bit of my strenght to even walk and breath, I felt as if someone had injected me with a tranquilizer and was at the end. I went to my doctor and he said that we have run many tests and they all came back fine. I said I want a testosterone test done. His response was that I only need it if my erections were weak. I said, erections ?, I feel like I am dying. I think he ran the test more to satisfy me than anything else. Well he called me and said that I needed to come right in and discuss the results. He said no wonder you feel so bad, I have never seen a reading this low. Amazing, it was 41


rayjay204 3 years ago

I am 17 years old and I am going though everthing I read on there page and I got this by depression of my father the on top of that. I am 140lb and I took 200grams of protein for 2 mounths straight and I did not no that can effect your kidney s and testosterone ...so for 6 mounths I got extreme ly depression and mood swings of anger and ever emotion was to the extreme and I and sexual not so excited as I us to be and I and not satisfied with anything and I cant get passed anyemotion no matter what and not noing I had this at the time I though it was just me and I was crazy so I went to therapy and it helped but for only 2 days and I just cant sleep and just stop thinking I really though I was going crazy and there was no hope ....please tell me is it easy to bring t back up and how long it takes ? And me remember ing this and everything I went though will I get depression from the memory or I just cant get to the hight of depression with out low t. Can I stay happy .do u appreciate life mussh more because of what happend .are u afraid to be reminded are u still as sensitivite to feelings are u happier then ever and can u be incontrol of emotions 100% and stay clear minder !!! PLEASE HELP NEED IT


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hey rayjay204 - I sincerely feel for you. Low T is a very dangerous and serious condition. Please go see a reputable doctor right away. He can prescribe the right medication to reverse this. If you will do this, I can guarantee within 2 days you will be your old self again. The key, though is to have blood tests - you may have other physical issues that need correction as well. Run to talk with your doctor today, if possible. I'm really pulling for you rayjay. Hang in there... Once you find the right medication you will be fine!


rayjay204 3 years ago

Thax so much i got an appointment today at 5pm you help more then you think:)I just want that depression and mood swings gone and to finally wake u and stay up!!


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

I'm more than happy I could help!!! Please let us know what your doctor discovers, but more importantly, I'm interested to know how you feel in the near future... .


rayjay204 3 years ago

Went to the doctor.....he did not react so good....I think I know more about t then him I told him everything from my mood to morning erection s that dont happen no more and the depression that feels like im the only one in the world that can feel that bad....he took my blood and brushed it off ..he said u probably to young.plus I told him I had a fatting liver from stress..am I to young and I need blood back need to no if I have it ......im so scared tyat if this is not it where do I go from here am I just crazy and going to be sad forever and tired and not feel love ....it is the worst feeling when I us to feel this way and not be able to have a reason for mood swings and not being able to control my feelings at c all .. im going crazy feeling everyfeeling 10x stronger and depression is the worst and being tired ...r u able to get though the day awake? I dont remember and im only 17!!:(will I be able to forget and just be happy and because of this when I getbetter be able to see life bigger and better like a near death experience thing...


Hopefull10 3 years ago

I believe my husband has had low "t" for 10 years. He refused to get help due to embarassment and we just suffered. Sex every few years after I would get really upset at him or beg. Last month he announced he reunited with an old girlfriend on FB from 25 years ago that he had been talking to her for 6 weeks, he loved her and deserved to be happy and was willing to suddenly walk away from a 15 year marriage, his daughter and wanted to charge up credit card bills and then file bankruptcy (all at the new girlfriends advice.) My husband has always been proud of our credit score and finanacial status. But over the past 5 years he has been fired from many jobs due to his temper and poor decisions. When he told me about the GF I was shocked. I had seen a drastic decline in his mood over the past 2 years but I attributed it to his stressful work and I attempted to do everything at home and work full time so he could rest when he came home. When he tol me about this woman I stayed calm, told him he had lost his mind and that we were not getting a divocrce. Within two days of telling me he was realizing that he had made a mistake. But she was relentless she cried, kicked and screamed. Made him feel guilty he mislef her and then actually fearful that she would hurt him or us. When I or our friends spoke to him he would be coherent one minute and crazy the next. He finally got the strength to come home citing my amazing show of love and concern. I told him the next week when he was settled down that he needed to go to the doctor and tell them everything or he could pack his bags.... again. he went the very next day and found out his tesosterone was 175. I am hoping that this was the root cause of his breakdown. That is what is keeping me going right now. Has this happened to anyone else? could long term low testosterone and low Vit D cause someone to snap and actually have memory loss, irraional behaviour and the inability to make rational decisions?


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Wow! All of the comments I receive concerning Low T symptoms are all very much UNLIKE the actions described here. We were (are) all very tired, fatigued and very depressed with absolutely NO interest in sex. Your husband's activity sounds more like he is a Bipolar victim... Or, he may be addicted to drugs or alcohol. I'm not a doctor and anything I write is based on experience only, but to answer your question, I don't believe long term Low T, and/or vitamin D can cause irrational behavior. Good luck to you - I hope your life will change for the better.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

To rayjay: Find another doctor!


markinstein 3 years ago

I am updating. I have now tried the 1% and 1.62% Androgel. It has been over the course of about 9 months. NOTHING!!! I went to an Endocrinologist yesterday. She said some people just do not absorb the gel and get no benefit. I got an injection of Testosterone in the office yesterday. I was told that with my low count, 44!!! It could take a while maybe 6-8 weeks possibly sooner or later. We will see. I am still soooo tired. I sleep all night and then sleep for hours during the day. I have no interest in anything.

Hopefull10, I agree with copywriter31, There is no way your husband has a Low Test. I have no interest in sex. I can not perform with my wife who I am attracted to and love very much. There is no way I could have a girlfriend on the side. Impossible, unless all she wants to do is sleep all day. Which is all I can muster. Sorry and good luck.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hey there, Markinstein - I'm wondering if you discussed trying another medication. I am not positive, but I think there are others beside Androgel. Also, if I remember correctly, I used the Androderm patch... maybe the patch would work for you. I'm pulling for you. Until people read a post like yours, they have no idea how serious this disease can become. Best of luck to you, my friend!

CW31


rayjay204 3 years ago

What is a differences with bipolar and low testosterone? Plz help .........can low t cause me to be bipolar!!!what is a different symptom that can u tell


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

They are 2 totally different, and as far as I know, unrelated conditions.

A bipolar person is extremely up or totally down for the count.

Low T zaps a person's physical and mental states - in other words, a person with Low T is ALWAYS tired and depressed, and they never feel 'up' until they receive the right meds. Hope I helped explain the 2 disorders. Again, I am NOT a doctor and any diagnoses I provide is strictly based on my experiences and knowledge.


rayjay204 3 years ago

I got low t ....thanks so much blood comes back tomorrow I will update u ...sorry scared because mom said she bipolar...so I reseached it and different info everwhere it just sounded the same but differences are always tired and moody up and down and erection not as strong and work out great but dont grow taller and grow bigger and body hair ...no facly hair I thing it can stunt your growth with out t


rayjay204 3 years ago

I got to doctor I got 360 nd and im 17 I got low t because they said im soppose to be at 900!!!


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hey rayjay, I hope you got a prescription for the RIGHT medications to cure your condition... 17 years of age is really young to be afflicted with Low T, but life throws curveballs on occasion. Trust me, the correct medication for YOU is the answer. Hang in man.


rayjay204 3 years ago

Thanks so much u think it could have affected my hight or when I get t back I will just shot up and gain all the growth I should have grown because iv bin going though this for 3 years...


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

You are going to be fine.


Ross 3 years ago

Anyone who is on HRT should look into/ask their doctor about Clomid. I've seen several studies that show it works as well or better than testosterone without the side effects (cheaper, too). Clomid is used as a fertility drug in women, and by steroid users coming "off cycle" to get their HPTA working right. Do your homework on this one - it's worth checking out.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Thanks, Ross!


Sherry 3 years ago

My husband is 59 and started suffering anxiety, lack of sleep, depression, low self-esteem, suddenly forgot his job, asking me about everything...just seemed lost. He's never ever suffered from any of these problems in the past. I asked his doctor to check his testosterone since it all seemed familiar to me with menopause. The doctor said his testosterone's at 195 and prescribed Androgel. 3 weeks later my husband was only worse and ready to quit his job he just felt it was job stress. I was desperate and took him to a hormone replacement therapy place and they injected him with 11 testosterone pellets and a testosterone injection...its day 5 and he's still the same. I understand we'll have to wait 2-4 weeks for results. I pray it's sooner rather than later. But the author of this hub is right, low testosterone is very serious, my husbands a different person, he is giving up on life having never been sick or in pain a day in his life, he doesn't have a tolerance for it. Part of it is the lack of support from his doctor who says the symptoms are his diabetes, but anyone who knows about low testosterone, he should be in the 800's and not 195!


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Sherry, sounds to me like he has an undiagnosed condition affecting him in addition to Low T. The Androgel should have IMMEDIATELY kicked in (within 24-48 hours.) I hope the doctors can diagnose his problems . . . Thanks for your valuable input.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

WOW! I hugely appreciate those compliments . . . Now I've got a new, higher standard to meet thanks to this wonderful review -LOL. Seriously, thanks for the kind words.


bobcopper 3 years ago

I am 50 years old and have been a teacher for over 20 years. I have never had super high energy levels, but exercise helped immensely….Losing weight and maintaining has been nearly impossible, even after my Dr. had me count calories and record daily exercise. 10 years ago, at 228 lbs. I started journalizing and eating 1800-2200 calories per day, while exercising 30 minutes or more 5-7 times per week (jog, elliptical, fast walking, weights). After 3 months, still at 228 lbs. Weight ranged from 234 to 227, but never below 227. I had some erectile dysfunction, and Dr. thought this may be thyroid. One test showed a low T3 but follow ups showed normal… I had a sleep study and did have sleep apnea, and have been using a CPAP for 10 years….In 2009, the daily fatigue, lack of interest, dogged tiredness, sexual dysfunction increased, along with sadness. I could easily stay in bed all day, but kept forcing myself to keep going. “Man up”, “Just do it”, “Don’t give up” self-talk did not help. No energy, no concentration. Felt like lying down even at work. Mood was terrible…constant frustration, anxiety worsened.

Switched Drs. And Dr. immediately said I had major depression. From 2010-2013 I went through antidepressant hell. No relief from Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Prozac, Zoloft, Nortriptyline, Klonopin, Valium, Cymbalta, Viibryd, buspar, and others….No relief…Most meds made me feel worse. Dr. said many folks did not respond to antidepressants, but not to give up…Seek therapy. Tried that too. Seemed a waste of money, but I asked about testosterone. Dr. said ok, and Testosterone level was about 340. He said that was low, and put me on a daily gel. 4 months later no improvement. Weight up to 247, and forcing exercise EVERY day, eating 2000 calories spread over 5 meals with virtually no carbs except morning oatmeal, which has kept cholesterol below 175….Changed Drs. And rechecked testosterone. This time testosterone was 240. New Dr. did not catch it, because the lab report did not “flag” the reading as low. Gel obviously did not work. However, I called him on it, and he immediately started injections every 2 weeks. I have only had 1st injection, but am at least hopeful.

If you have ever seen a 4 year old child with the flu, strep throat, with a high fever, they suddenly STOP running, put their head down and get quiet. You know something is not right. This probably describes my symptoms…Basically like the flu every day, but more frustrating, because you don’t know what’s wrong, and you cannot see an end in sight. I realize that depression could cause low T but I am praying that the low T is the problem. Will keep you posted….Hang in there…have Dr. check your T, sugar, and hormones. Don’t assume your results are normal without checking them yourself. You are not crazy. Just know that others are in the same boat, and don’t give up. Hope this helps someone…Thanks for the helpful comments, and appreciate any advice.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Bob, I feel for you - you have really been through hell and back (hopefully you are back.) Most people don't realize how serious this condition can become. I truly hope the injections help you, Bob. I know this sounds trite: but, hang in there. Many really good treatments are available,, and I hope you find the right one!

CW31


bobcopper 3 years ago

Thanks CW31 for the encouragement. Some overall improvements after having 2nd injection 5 days ago. Your blog has been a most helpful tool. Though you always have to regard internet posts with caution, your blog is at the very least helping folks to inquire with their Dr. about Testosterone levels. Bet you will find that many women who had hysterectomies prior to age 45 and feel lethargic, depressed, and gaining weight simply do not have the right hormone balance (which includes testosterone). How many of these women had Drs. who slapped them on antidepressants without hormonal bloodwork? Thanks again!!


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

You are very welcome, Bob. Thanks for sharing, and best wishes to and for you!

CW31


rayjay204 3 years ago

I have am 17 and I got low t im at 350iu but mom thinks I can be depressed because depression has same symptom ..what's the difference she wants to know and I am taking hcg to help I and taking 500mm twice a week for 4 weeks know how long to work plz help....and one last question I have an identical twin that has same levels but he is not getting hit as much as me emotionally with moodswings ..plz help need to know


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

I'm not a doctor, and even if I were, I could never diagnose ANY disease over the Internet. Wish I could help... sorry.


william2112 3 years ago

Hi there,

Nice to read your stories and i wish you all a quick and smooth recovery.

My story is also interesting! I am 30 years old and my depression became really bad the last 1 year (i had symptoms from my early 20s though). Anyway, i was coping and living with them, but i was asking and trying to find why i am so tired all the time (even if my mood was ok). As a result the endocrinologist found low T. My testosterone was about 250. He put me to a gel treatment, and after 3 months, it became 600.So i started doing sports etc. The depression became a bit better, mostly because i started to do things rather than being tired, staying home. Unfortunately, it affected my red cells, and we stopped it in order to explore if it is a side effect from the gel or another blood problem. From that point my life is hell. The new numbers were 0.60 and i was totally tired all day. After three months without, we tried another brand and i put less mg per day (i am in this therapy one month). When i put it, it goes to approx 230 but after 12-14 hours it becomes again 0.60-0.80. The depression became really worse (i haven't been like this before) so he put me on anti-depressive therapy. For the time being symptoms are awful. The thing is that the gels disturbed my metabolism, and i cannot even get back to the 250 i had before the first treatment. I hope that it just needs time.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hi William, thanks for sharing your story. The fact that the gel worked is a good thing, but if the gel, indeed, is causing side effects you are truly caught between a rock and a hard place. I've experienced that severe depression and it's horrendous. The only bit of good news in your case is the fact the doctors have diagnosed the depression coming from Low T. Hopefully they can find an alternate way of dealing with your extremely low testosterone levels. Good luck to you, William - I know you are suffering.


william2112 3 years ago

Hi there, and thanks for the encouragement! I am also a musician/songwriter :) what a coincidence! Yes, i know that the medicine boosts my testosterone levels and stamina, but i also know that produces me depression and blood changes. And this is very annoying. I feel upset that i have to take anti-depressive therapy in order to control the boost of the gel! Could you please tell me how long did take for you to recover?


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

I began to bounce back in 2 days and was fully myself again in about 6 days. I asked for the pills instead of the gel - the pill route seemed easier. The medication wiped out all of my symptoms, including the depression. Sorry that you reacted differently, and I hope the docs can get you lined out on the side effects issue. Pulling for you!


william2112 3 years ago

I am really glad that you fully recovered! I will discuss this option with my doc. Maybe the pills will react differently. Thanks a lot.


sannz 3 years ago

Hey! I am 17 year old, i dont know if I am suffering from low T, but there are times when I am like totally wild and live and happy, and there are times when i am sad and depressed even about small things, also during the later part, its hard for me to get an erection too. I dont get fatigued soon, its never been an problem (might be because of high intensity exercises of karate coaching). Also, one more thing that supports low T in me is that I have gynecomastia (not sure if its the real one or its the psuedo one) since like last 6-7 years, till i remember. Also, I am vegetarian, I heard that we guys might have low nutrition (though not many vegetarian male i seen got gynecomastia) and i think that nutrition is where all these things have started. I am around 6 feet tall and weigh 190 lbs, so i have fairly lots of fat in me. What you think, is it normal or i should undergo some blood tests?


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

I would most definitely advise blood tests. Be very open and honest with your doctor, he or she may want to do test for other problems.


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Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

I did have some blood test done and eager to see the results. Your story is encouraging regarding a cure. Thanks for sharing.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

My pleasure, Missy - Hope it will give encouragement to the many suffering with this condition. Thanks for your comment.


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moronkee 3 years ago

Lovely morning,

I just read your hub. Thank GOD you conquered. I wish good health always.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Thanks for those uplifting words, moronkee!


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

The hub and the comments here are all very interesting. I know a bit about low testosterone problems and I feel I should mention a couple of things that have not been discussed.

If you have symptoms of low testosterone, particularly young men, please say to your doctor "Someone suggested I should have my prolactin levels checked. Could you do that please?"

I don't want to panic anybody, but I know a man who had a pituitary tumor for ten years before it was diagnosed. He had been to doctors many times complaining about symptoms that linked to low testosterone. Testosterone injections, patches etc cannot cure a tumor.

Here's what you should know about testing prolactin levels. It's a blood test, but prolactin levels are not a standard test. It needs to be specifically ordered. If you are having testosterone levels tested, it can be done at the same time.

Prolactin is a hormone released in women from the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates milk production after childbirth. In men, it indicates a very common type of brain tumour.

Here's a quote from the Mayo Clinic ...

"The major effect of increased prolactin is a decrease in levels of some sex hormones — estrogen in women and testosterone in men. Although prolactinoma isn't life-threatening, it can impair your vision, cause infertility and produce other effects. Prolactinoma is one of several types of tumors that can develop in your pituitary gland.

"Doctors can often effectively treat prolactinoma with medications to restore your prolactin level to normal. Surgery to remove the pituitary tumor also may be an option to treat prolactinoma. "

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prolactinoma/DS00...

If you have a prolactinoma, you really should find out about it and get it fixed. It could be as simple as taking a particular type of medication. Left unchecked, it can cause blindness.

Secondly, for those of you who are 50 and over, your doctor should test your prostate before prescribing testosterone. It is clearly stated in every endocrinology textbook that prostate should be checked first (for 50 plus).

Unfortunately there are many doctors who overlook important steps like checking prolactin and prostate, simply jumping to prescribe testosterone. You need to insist they look after you properly.

Last point. And this is absolutely 100 percent proven and true. Drinking alcohol will lower your testosterone levels. If you are depressed and stressed about your loss of libido, the worst thing you can do is drink alcohol. It will just make the problem worse.

It is not uncommon for men with low testosterone to be able to return to healthy levels if they give up alcohol. If you stop drinking alcohol completely and let your liver function return to normal, your testosterone is likely to follow. Once you get yourself back in fine form with an active sex life again, you can look at reintroducing alcohol - but in limited amounts. Over indulgence will just cause the same problems all over again.

I hope this is helpful. As I said, please don't panic. Just take a deep breath and take steps to find out why your testosterone is low. Low testosterone is generally a symptom of another problem. Maybe just too much beer, but maybe something more significant. Try and identify the problem. There's every likelihood it can be fixed if you don't leave it too long.


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PaoloJpm 3 years ago from Philippine

Great hub!@ glad you made one, Im sure it can help others as well. God bless to you too.


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Excellent information. I'm sure more men than are diagnosed suffer from this and think it is just part and parcel of the ageing process. Well done for highlighting it. Voted up and shared.


Hopeful 3 years ago

Thank you for this information. From a woman's perspective all this information is giving me hope. Since we have been married (nearly 7 years now) my husband has not been very social and I thought that was just the way he was, but it has been getting worse lately. He never really had a terribly high libido, but it is now non existant. He had an operation 5 days ago now and when I saw he needed to shave today I asked him when last he shaved and he said 5 days ago and I know he used to shave every day when we were younger. He is 38 years old and is a vegetarian - I believe a poor vegetarian diet can also lead to low T having researched this too. We have two children but to conceive our second who is now two we had to go to a sex therapist - he was starting with erectile dysfunction at this point. We have had no intimacy since I fell pregnant with her almost three years ago now so I have no idea whether this is still a problem though I am sure based on what I have read that it is. This has been very hard for me personally and I wonder sometimes if guys are just more accepting - it is him living with it, but it seems to bother me more than it does him. He has poor sleep and has been complaining about it for 2 years now - we thought it had to do with having small children, but perhaps not. More recently he was complaining about weight gain (though with the operation he had recently he has lost a significant amount of weight) He no longer walks as fast as he used to and exercises a lot less. I have suspected for years that he has been depressed.

I have asked my husband if he will go for a T test and he has agreed, but since he has been on a lot of medication since the operation that will skew his results, he would like to wait until the meds are stopped (which will be in about a weeks time) and then I will make an appointment with a urologist for him. I would still like to have a third child - something that is impossible right now with the lack of intimacy, but I also just want my husband back and I want him to be well and also have more energy to be the father I saw him becoming when our first child was born.

Like I said - we have been living with this for years now - is it realistic to be hopeful?


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hi - Thanks for sharing your story. First, you should know I am NOT a doctor. Any 'advice' or pseudo-diagnoses I give are shared strictly from my own experiences. I feel your husband is too young to blame Low T for all of his symptoms, although it could certainly play a role. Sounds to me, he is suffering from a deep depression. The right medications could correct this, but his doctor(s) should consider this as a chief contributor to the symptoms you describe. Is it realistic to be hopeful? Absolutely! His healing will need to come from your husband's determination to be well again . . . you can't do it for him, nor can anyone else. Hopefully, your husband will get tired of being tired and become proactive in his search to find the working medications. Good luck to you.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Thanks, Sue, Appreciate your vote and the positive reaction.


Jason H 3 years ago

I didn't read all these posts but did anyone mention the possibility of getting on Clomid for raising your T level? If you have secondary hypogonadism it is a much better option!!! Also, I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of secondary Hypogonadism being associated with (causing) testicular microlithiasis ( which I just found out that I have)


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Good hub on an important topic that many men don't talk about and won't take action on without prompting. I hope both men and women are reading. Glad you are feeling better.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Thank you, Flourish - When it gets to the point when you "can't live another day feeling this badly", I finally took action. Hopefully, others will not wait that long!


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chinared 3 years ago from Asia, and all over

Great information. I felt like you've been spying on me, and emulating my symptoms. It's time to take this condition more seriously. Thanks for the advice. Voted up, interesting and useful.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Low T can become quite serious. Hopefully your symptoms aren't as severe as mine were. Appreciate your comment!


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KawikaChann 3 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

Nicely done, terrific information, and thanks for sharing what to look out for. Peace. Kawi.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Appreciate your comment, Kawika.


jacob 3 years ago

hey copywriter31

ive recently gone to get a testosterone test done because I was suffering from majority of symptoms of low t. the results came in and I had a result of free test of 17. ive looked a little into it and I was just looking to get your opinion on whether this is accurate enough to determine whether I have low T. im 22 years old. thanks


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hey Jacob, as I've written many times here, I am NOT a doctor or healthcare pro. I would strongly advise you to partner with your doctor of choice. Thanks for reading, and I sincerely wish for your full recovery.


jason 3 years ago

I am 17 I have extremely low t doc said and its hard I need your help all I need to no where to get patches and is it true the feeling of low t went away in 5 days and how I though it takes monthes to feel please as soon as possible text back u can change my life


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

It's true that I began to feel better in about 5 days, and in only 2 weeks felt as though I was 19 again. 17 years old is extremely young to have this condition, so I would ask my doctor to ensure it is indeed Low T. The only way one can get the Low T medication is through a doctor's prescription.


jason 3 years ago

What exatly should I ask for patches/pr pills what's fastest best because I did injections already I did not feel differently but it went from215m to 900 but I stopped it went back down .. because I did not no it took months to feel differences with injections ...how low were you ? Is feelong sucks I just what out already ...I have low t for shore doc told my mom we just what to no best treatment for fast result like yours...thank u for texting back so soon...


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

There is a new Low T medication available as a gel one applies to their underarm. Seems to me this would be a very good way for getting the medicine to work more quickly and efficiently. I believe it's called Androderm Gel - also available by doctor's prescription only. Good luck to you. I hope you get some much-needed relief.


jason 3 years ago

Thanks so much wish me luck last question so after those two weeks for u with patches eecerythimg to erections to energy to mood est came back 100%. And u did not everfeel a bad day eversince and that was the end up hill from there and no fluctuation of mood energy est.question is did you after you felt great did u have days better then others with mood and energy or steady and never again.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

I won't say EVERY day was great, but yes, all of my previous functions returned and I felt 100% better after 2 weeks. To this day, I feel very 'normal'. Good luck to you, Jason.


jason 3 years ago

You the best bro thanks a lot wha t u doing is great I give you all my prays...I'm excited... in only 2weeks I will probably have a heart attack of joy after all this time cross my fingers


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Thanks, Jason . . . God bless you, man.


biffcollins 3 years ago

Thanks for your success story Copywriter! You rarely hear success stories regarding low t. I am a 35 year old male and was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, elevated Prolactin, and Low T last month. Endo wanted me to address the thyroid first and prescribed me Levothyroxine 137. I felt like I was on cloud 9 for about a week. Now my head hurts all the time, my brain fog is back and I am constantly dizzy. I meet with my Endo on Monday. I am going to demand that she start me on TRT preferably injections. I will report back with results. Thanks.


jpg 3 years ago

I have been going thru same things you were...but its been four years of torture. ..im curious. ..what were yours levels at when you got them?


Joe F 3 years ago

My patches are always 75% full after 24hrs....i often have 3 on at once...after 3 days, they're usually down to 20%.

Anyone else not absorbing them? I've been told by doctors stitching me up that I have "tough" skin.


Kathy 3 years ago

My husband is 39 and every year my employer has employees and spouses get blood screenings free of charge to qualify for health insurance discounts. When I signed my husband up for the bloodwork, just to see, since it was free, I checked off testosterone so they also did that test. When we got the results it was 303. His doctor blew it off and said it had to be wrong because he was too young for that. And left it at that. He has ALL the classic syptoms of low T. Fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, achey, tired, no sex drive and for the last 8 months he has been dealing with extreme depression.

We have since changed doctors and he made an appointment because of his depression. He told the doctor what his T level was last year and all he said was, that can't be right, there are other reasons for your issues, you must be one of those people that self diagnose and self medicate. You are overweight and that is your problem. You have to will yourself to get up off the couch and work out. If you lose weight everything else will fall into place. He didn't even order a new blood test for testosterone. Gave him a script for Zoloft for the depression and said that will fix everything, that and get up off the couch and lose some weight. My husband is by no means a sedintary person. He walks about 8 miles a day at work. He splits 10 cords of wood by hand with a splitting maul. He is active, well used to be anyway. Now it is harder and harder for him. But what do you do when your doctor won't listen to you. My husband thinks he is going crazy. He also hates the anti depressants. Said he now just feels hollow, no longer dpressed, he now feels nothing but all his other "syptoms" still remain. I love my husband and this has really taken a toll on our marriage. I don't klnow how to help him and not sure how to get a doctor to listen to him without accusing him of being "one of those people" who research things on the internet.


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

Kathy - FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR TODAY! Find a specialist who deals in Low T diagnosis; AND it's treatment. Your unfortunate story correlates with what I wrote about in the article describing a now-old TV commercial. This particular ad's graphics and information portrayed Low T as a literal joke. Some professionals in the medical world do the same. Low T is NO joke. I truly reached the point where I didn't want to live another day, and was seriously thinking of ways to end my life. My heart goes out to both of you, but I truly believe you should find a doctor who understands the serious nature of Low T. God Bless,

CW31


Eric 3 years ago

Hey!

My names Eric. I'm a 20 year old kid who just found out my T levels are a 10. To say the least, its been bad for years and I finally had blood work done to find out why I was feeling like death all the time. I have yet to see an endocrinologist, but was just curios to see if anyone has overcome very low T without the use of medication. I study physiology and am a pre-med student so I have an understanding how these meds work and I'm no fan of becoming dependent on medications to function properly in the long run. any advice would help!! Thank you


Homer to Eric 3 years ago

Working out and eating better is the main ways to over come Low-T. But that will only work if your body can produce Testosterone. Some people just can't produce it no matter what they do. For me I got Low-T from medication once I figured out want the Medication was doing to me I stopped taking it and had to go on Andogel for three months to kick start my brain and my levels now are back to normal.

Good Luck


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copywriter31 3 years ago from Port Neches Author

To Eric - When I first discovered I had Low T, I immediately began wearing the Androderm patch. I was feeling MUCH better within days. During the several months of medication treatment, I felt well enough to begin working out. I built my endurance to the point I was doing hour long, non-stop stairclimber, elliptical and other aerobic machine exercises. These were brutal workouts that taxed my body to its limit. Eventually, I weaned off the patch, and I've never looked back. But, the medication was an absolute necessity for me to boost my energy levels enough to begin working out again. Best, CW31.


lester 2 years ago

I've been suffering from depression for 20 years and it the past 3 to 4 years it's gotten worse. Been on ever kind of anti depression drug out there. I went in for a physical about a month ago and found my lipid levels were out of whack. My current doctor of 15 years said he could do nothing more for my depression. So, I decided to see another doctor. I went over my medical history with him and was very candid about my struggles with depression. He immediately ordered a thyroid test, PSA, A1c and wanted to check my testosterone levels. Everything was in order except my testosterone. My reading came in at 191. I'm not sure what my free t was or shbg levels are. I was told that my levels were barely low and not to worry about it. I don't agree with him at all. Is this number low for a 52 year old male? If I can start feeling better by raising my t levels to me that would be priceless. Unless you have suffered from depression you can't imagine what it's like. It has such a negitive affect on every aspect of your like. I'm not looking to be twenty again I'm looking for help with depression. All I know is I don't feel very good mentally and what I've been doing in the past is not working for me anymore. I'm 52, take pretty good care of myself and won't just accepted this is the way life is going to be for me. I'm thankful for people sharing there view points on low t. If I can nip this depression I think everything else will fall into place. Your feedback is appreciated. Take care!


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hey Lester, Thanks for sharing your story. I've had many a bout with depression, so I empathize. I'm 10 years older than you, so I've had more experience with depression. This is what I've discovered. I eventually had to force myself to change negative habits I had somehow adopted to beat this condition, but first, I sought out professional help. Find another doctor who specializes in mental problems, find the right medication that will knock out the depression and STAY ACTIVE. As I've stated before, I am not a doctor, so I can't really say if your reading of 191 is THE cause for your extreme depression. You say you have already tried all the anti-depression drugs available. You may want to do some research on non-prescription treatment like DHEA. Whatever route you choose, please remember, I am describing ONLY treatments that have worked for me, and I wish you the best.

CW31


carlos 2 years ago

Im 22 yrs old and was diagnosed with hypothyroidsm six months ago and noticed that I started having sexual problems and no interest for sex

I been on armor thyroid 30mg for two weeks now.

Im wondering if I can have low t too or should I go check? What should I do I need help...


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

Hey, Carlos, as I've stated many times before - I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I can only feedback what has happened for me. Having cleared that, I would say to give the medication more time to work. 2 weeks is not very long for a medication to begin working.

If you believe Low T may be a culprit, DEMAND a full blood workup and tell your doc EVERYTHING you want tested for. . . Don't give up, Carlos. You are still young, and trust me, there is a cure for you.


jewel 2 years ago

i am curious, my wonderful husband of 11 years has over the last 3 years all but disappeared. We are basically distant roommates. I finally last week convinced him to see a doctor and the results were LowT. He goes Monday to discuss treatment. I have heard things over the years about LowT treatments causing issues for those that come into contact with the person using them...such as through sweat etc. I desperately want my husband back, but having 4 kids in the house I have to ask. Is there any danger to these treatments?


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

Thanks for your question, Jewel. I ALWAYS tell commentators that I am NOT a doctor, so anything I write here is only based on MY experiences. I WILL tell you what I think, however. As far as people coming in contact accidentally, for example, I believe the odds are extremely slim anything harmful would occur. To my way of thinking, a lot of the gel or cream would need to bombard the same person for months before anything negative could happen. Appreciate your comment.


gbtusa 2 years ago

I am 50 years old male suffering from depression for the past 8 months. last week I got blood work done for Total T and Vitamin D. results show both are low.

Total T -184 (lab normal 241 - 827)

Vit D - 18 (normal 30 -100)

could this be the reason for my depression?

My doctor doesn't think so. but she is willing to order T gel for low T and 50,0000iu/week vit D.


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

Low T ABSOLUTELY can cause depression! I hope the medication helps.


gbtusa 2 years ago

thanks for your reply.

How low was your Total T?


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

I don't recall the exact number, but I think it was around 220.


Manwithnoname 2 years ago

Hi.

I just found your post. I'm in the same condition you were in. It's been 3 years. At first, I didn't think much of it. But I've come to realize Low T isn't only a sexual problem. I have lost interest in almost everything else. I don't feel like doing anything. I've become reclusive. I'm desperate.

I have diabetes. My Low T started with the disease.

Could you please tell me for how long you had to take the medication?


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

Sure. I was on the medication for only 8 months, but I made an all-out effort to exercise every day, lost weight and cut out sugar in my diet. I haven't needed the patch since.


Manwithnoname 2 years ago

Thanks for the information. Your post gave me hope. I'll see a doctor!


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

Best of luck to you!


gbtusa 2 years ago

I used Androgel for the first time yesterday...2 pumps, one on each shoulder and upper arm.

I was wide awake all night and my anxiety has gone up. anyone with similar experience. Would T injections work better?


KevJM 2 years ago

I am 34 years old and I have 99% of all the symptoms I have seen for low testosterone. I am constantly tired and feel weak all the time. I used to workout 5 times a week but no longer have the interest or energy. I diet but keep gaining weight. I can't perform the simplest task without being exhausted and out of breath. I here myself wheezing quite a bit. Even just sitting in a chair resting. I sweat profusely from the simplest task. I want to sleep but can hardly ever fall asleep. Usually I end up laying in bed for 4 to 5 hours before falling asleep. I get about 2 hours of decent sleep a day. Sometimes I go days without sleep. I have no friends anymore. I made up excuses when they used to ask me to do things with them because they didn't understand what I am dealing with. I don't want to be around people anymore. I lost 2 girlfriends in the past 3 years. The first is when I really started to feel bad and I couldn't perform sexually sometimes. It affected the relationship. About that same time I noticed I was having an issue with circulation in my lower legs. now the circulation issue is worse. Tests for any blockage came back normal though. Then with the second girlfriend, I would turn down sex all the time because I knew I couldn't perform. I was embarrassed and ashamed. She thought I didn't find her attractive. I never wanted to go anywhere because of the way I felt either. I finally broke down and told her what I was going through and she didn't understand. Of course that relationship ended too. My body aches all the time and muscles are weak. My joints hurt. I feel like a prisoner in my own home. I feel like my entire life is on hold. I had my testosterone levels checked in Sept 2012 and it was 314. The doctor said it was normal and put me anxiety medication. Since then my symptoms have gotten worse and I feel terrible. I had my testosterone levels checked again from another doctor after complaining of the way I feel in February 2014 and my level was 258. He said it was in the normal range. The range used was 250 - 850. I am clearly at the bottom and my testosterone dropped 56 points in 17 months. I checked and saw a chart that said a 34 year old male should be in the 600 range. I am the level of a 85 year old man and that's how I feel anymore. My doc wouldn't give me anything for the low levels. He asked if I needed to see a counselor. I was very irritated with him and got into an argument. I feel so bad that I feel like I can't keep going on like this. I feel like I'm wasting away. I have no social life at all. I can barely perform the simplest task. I apologize for this long post! I'm just lost and just want to know what maybe someone else thinks. I'm so fed up with doctors! Anytime they don't understand what you are going through they think you need depression meds. I'm losing hope in getting help and finding answers. I just want to feel normal again and live my life. Once again I apologize for how long this! I appreciate anyone who takes time to read this!


jv 2 years ago

Kev I know how u feel, I have been feeling like that since 18. I still remember that week when my body change couldn't perform sexually week memory sleep 12 to 18 hours a day n still sleepy. Went to too many docs they all said something wrong with my brain gave me antidepressant. I took viagra that stuff didn't work on me either. Last year my condition got really bad ,suicide feeling didn't wanna talk to anyone no friends.worse part is no one understands what r u going thru. Finally I went overseas got broader blood work done find out I'm extremely low on free t. Doc prescribe me andriol 40 mg ,that put smile on my face after 16 years. Proper Stiffness was there,want to have sex, lots energy got my life back. Only question is can I take this amount of t whole life ?I don't mind taking rest of my life. Plz someone help me with that ,I know my body don't make enough t. Good luck everyone.


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copywriter31 2 years ago from Port Neches Author

To Kev and jv...

Kev, If you live in a rural area where doctor choices are few, this is what you find - doctors who don't give a rat's ass about you, and/or their profession. I suggest you do a Google search for doctors located in large city hubs like Houston where the competition among doctors is fierce. This may be costly, but think of what your life is worth! You need a total blood work-up because it sounds as though several things are at work. Once you are on the right med(s), you're condition will improve. I recall feeling better the very next day when my doc prescribed the Androderm patch. In a week I was my normal, good as new self again. Remember, you are paying them to perform a service - Demand they get to the bottom of your problems.

To jv: Many people are on meds for life. A good example is high blood pressure medications. If your story follows mine, the energy boost you get from the Low T medication will enable you to feel like going to the gym again. Once your body is in shape again, you may be able to wean off the Low T med, but don't be in a rush to do so. I'm happy to hear your life has greatly improved. I think the lesson here is - Be willing to do anything and go anywhere for the proper care and help needed to beat this condition.


Johng356 2 years ago

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jasonsmart 2 years ago

I have read all of these posts and it is amazing to me how western medical science has no clue. I took finasteride (propecia) for two years and it actually got me my hair back, at the expense of my entire spine. I was supposed to go in pin June 13th to get 5 of my vertebrae fused (3 lumbar and 2 thoracic). It is interesting because a month ago I was tested and found to have low testocerone (200). 9 years ago after being married for more than 7 years a and not having children we went and got checked for various things while we were going through fertility treatments. I already had a 9 year old daughter from a previous marriage but I was still tested. My testosterone levels were closer to 3000 and I was told they were roughly 5 to 6 times normal. I was 33 years old at the time. The only reason I state this is after two years of taking propecia or finasteride (only 1 mg daily) it felt like I had melted my spine. I went from 6'2" to 5'11" in less than 3 years. In finding out that my spinal disks basically disappeared and that three neurosurgeons said that spinal fusions were the only solution, I had my doctor do workup and found out to my absolute shock that my testocerone was only 200. I have recently read some forums that talk about men being low on testocerone and getting aggressive degenerative disk disease and after they get their T levels back around normal to normal high ranges their disks in their back "rehydrate". Disk fusions do not solve or address the issue with IVD so I am holding off surgery to see if getting my testocerone levels can resolve my severe degeneration. I have been using maral root and other adaptogens to restore my T levels. Boron helps your body utilize the testocerone your body makes more efficiently. Low T affects muscle and connective tissues like joints, ligaments, tendons, and bone which could cause pain. Neurosoma had also helped. I have gained almost an inch back in my height in two months


jasonsmart 2 years ago

I have also experienced extreme fatigue and lack of drive in the last two years since taking finasteride. Finasteride converts testocerone into estrogen and that would explain my being so docile and introverted.


Shane68 16 months ago

Im a 46 yr old male i have had no energy for 23 yrs been to dr numurous times always told im depressed and givin anti depression meds . No help at all.Have brain fog just feel horrible have to force myself to do anything. I finally talked my dr. Into checking my testostrome and it came back at 265 he said that its in the normal range but on the low side so im fine and try these anti depression meds. Do you think at that level it could be causing my issues ive had lots of blood test i do have a fatty liver and was just told im pre diabetic and this has been a 20 plus yr old issue. some days i just dont know how i can keep doing this. How many of you have been feeling better since starting the treatment thanks guys.

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