Low Testosterone caused by Sleep Apnea???
I was having 4 or 5 symptoms of Low Testosterone (ED, fatigue, lower insulin sensitivity, and most importantly, seizures. I finally went and got tested. The first time I got tested for Low Testosterone was 2 months before I got officially tested and diagnosed for Sleep Apnea (I now sleep with a CPAP Machine). This was back in 2007. I never put it together until now that it could be the Sleep Apnea causing the Low Testosterone. I have now had my Testosterone levels tested 3 times since 2007. The normal range for Testosterone is 241-827. The first time I got tested and my level was at 243. The Endocrinologist said there is no problem!!!!! This is after I had told him about the symptoms of Low Testosterone I had been having for awhile. I have had Epilepsy since I was 5 (I'm 41 now) but the seizures had been under control for 20 years. I didn't realize until very recently that the reason my seizures came back was Low Testosterone.
The 3 times I had it tested, my Total Testosterone level tested as 243, 345, and 255. (The normal range is 241-827). My Dr. said a 41 year old male should be between 400 and 500).
My Free Testosterone tested as 9, and 10. (At least this is in the middle of the normal range).
I have been taking DHEA which is an OTC supplement that converts into Testosterone. Yes it is legal. I take 5mg twice a day. When I tested as 255 for my total Testosterone and 10 for my Free Testosterone, I had been taking the DHEA for a month. I wasn't really happy for testing as 255 while taking the DHEA but at least the Free Testosterone is at 10 which is in the middle of the normal range.
I also started taking Synthroid for Hypothyroidism back in June of 2010. I don't know if my Sleep Apnea and Thyroid function are related.
I also started taking Synthroid for Hypothyroidism back in June of 2010. I don't know if Sleep Apnea and Thyroid function are related.
Does anyone else here with Sleep Apnea and/or Seizures also have Low Testosterone? If so, did you end up getting Testosterone Replacement Therapy???
Last edited by stevefromsd; 10-25-2010 at 10:01 AM.